Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about faith, spirituality, self-accountability and self-restraint.
Apart from strengthening the willpower and developing one's appreciation of values such as patience and humility, fasting improves eating habits.
Iranians welcome the holy month of Ramadan with special ceremonies such as cleaning religious centers and mosques, since they are packed with fasting Muslims who try to spend their time praying and getting closer to God.
In some Muslim countries working hours are changed during Ramadan so that fasting believers can get more time for attending religious ceremonies and practicing self-restraint.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the holy Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH