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Ramadan offers Muslims time for reflection and to remove distractions

Nimrah Bakhsh calls “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” the E! reality series, her “guiltiest, grossest pleasure.” But during Ramadan, she doesn’t see much of Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe, the celebrity sisters at the center of the show.

Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, which ends on Sunday, is not only a time to fast from food, water, and sex during the daylight hours. Muslims also try to abstain from worldly sins and distractions — including gossip and backbiting, which the Koran likens to eating the flesh of a dead brother.

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