In the second Hijrah year during the month of Shaban, Allah (swt) mandated on the Muslims to fast the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his/her home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. (2:185)We learn from reading these verses of the Qur’an that through fasting, a person can achieve piety (takwa), which is the fear, respect, and awareness of Allah (swt) at all times in our hearts. Fasting helps the individual become patient and strong when facing any temptation that might break his fast. The individual learns to express self discipline. When people fast, they share the same spiritual aspirations; the temporal differences between the rich and poor become completely insignificant, and the wealthy learn empathy and compassion. Fasting teaches the individual to monitor his actions and verbal behavior.