For Muslims worldwide, observing the holy month of Ramadan is an important religious obligation. This year, Ramadan starts at sundown on Monday, April 12. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk to practice self-control, experience the privations of the poor, and focus on appreciating God's blessings. They also perform other religious duties and charitable acts. Ramadan is considered an auspicious time, as Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first verses of the Quran during this month. The observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. We wish all who observe this tradition a very happy and meaningful month of Ramadan!