1. Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.
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2. Unlike the fast of Ashurah, the fasts of Ramadan are declared mandatory by God because like salah, fasting helps Muslims maintain spiritual and physical health.
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8. In 2015, Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday, June 18, in the United States, although the date is only confirmed once the moon is sighted.
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