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Not even water? Really? Ramadan, as told in memes and tweets

Ramadan, one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar, draws to an end today.

During the month, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for roughly 30 days, as required by the religion.

It can be a testing month for Australian Muslims as they "starve the body in order to nourish the soul".

So some turn to social media — and inevitably memes — to explain Ramadan, what it means to them and how it affects their lives.

And, as the ABC found, for many Muslims it is also important to maintain a sense of humour about it all.

'Not even water?'

Often, Muslims are asked if fasting includes abstaining from water by curious and surprised non-Muslims.

Yes. All food, drink and water is forbidden between dawn until dusk.

And that means NO WATER.

A graphic explaining Ramadan

Time has a different meaning

In order to stay well-nourished for the day of fasting ahead, Muslims wake up before the sun rises to eat, known as suhoor.

If you sleep in and miss it, it can be one of the worst feelings in the world — worse than realising you've slept in for school, job interviews and exams combined.

The moment the sun rises is known as Fajr, or dawn.

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People who say that they don't stare at the clock waiting for the minutes to pass by until it's time to eat again are lying, especially when your mum's taking requests for Iftar.

Iftar means "breakfast" — it is the first meal that Muslims have upon breaking their fast at sunset, which is known as Maghrib in Arabic.

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Becoming nocturnal

Nights are not just filled with food, but with festivities and worship.

Local mosques fill up as for nightly prayers.

There are sermons and Quran recitals, which amp up over the last 10 nights, which is considered the holiest time of the month of Ramadan.

Continuous worshipping throughout the night means continuous refuelling, so you can raid the fridge at 2:00am and not be judged for it.

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Involuntary halitosis

No matter how many times you brush your teeth and litres of water you chug, saliva depletes throughout the day, and that leads to bad breath.

That's why your Muslim friend at work is yelling at you from the other side of the office.

Going on dates

It is customary for Muslims to break their fasts at sunset with dates first before tucking into the evening meal.

For some folks, it's the only dates they'll ever get.

External Link: Tweet by @JalalAmazing

The weight-loss myth

Getting your physical health in line is a great goal to have when working on your spiritual self.

But losing weight is a difficult feat when there are pots of delicious, homemade food cooked by aunties and grandmothers.

External Link: Tweet by @RadiyaGani

A test of will

Self-reformation was not meant to be a cakewalk. A lot of mental strength is needed throughout the month to hold a mirror up to oneself and reflect.

Asking for forgiveness to those you've wronged in the past year is a great thing.

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Sacrifices are made to better one's character

And if you find yourself chowing down on smashed avo toast by accident when you were supposed to be fasting, keep pushing on.

Rama meme

Eid Mubarak! (Happy end of Ramadan!)

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