Socially, fasting is an expression of unity with the poor, the family, and the whole society. This is a period in which the rich have first-hand experience of what it is to be poor, the pains the needy suffers in normal living conditions. The discipline resulting from Islamic fasting instills in the rich the virtue of mercy, which is very important in terms of social well-being and production of harmony.
"Ramadan, the month of fasting,"
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