Holy month of Ramadhan
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[2:183] O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, as it was decreed for those before you, that you may be Godfearing.
[2:184] Specific days (are designated for fasting); but should any of you be sick or travelling, an equal number of other days may be substituted. Those who find it straining, shall be liable to atonement by feeding one poor person (for each day of breaking the fast). Should anyone do good of his own accord, that is better for him. But fasting is the best for you, if you only knew.
[2:185] Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, as guidance to mankind, with manifest proofs of guidance and the Distinguisher (between truth and falsehood). So those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. And those who are ill or travelling may substitute the same number of other days. GOD wishes for you convenience, not hardship, and that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify GOD for guiding you, and that you may give thanks.
[2:186] When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer the supplicant's call when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided.
[2:187] Permitted for you is sexual intercourse with your wives during the nights of fasting. They are a garment for you and you are a garment for them. GOD knew that you used to betray your souls, and He has redeemed you, and has pardoned you. Henceforth, you may have intercourse with them, seeking what GOD has permitted for you. You may eat and drink until the white thread of light becomes distinguishable from the dark thread of night at dawn. Then, you shall fast until the nightfall. Sexual intercourse is prohibited if you decide to retreat (E'tekaaf) to the mosque. These are GOD's laws; you shall not transgress them. GOD thus clarifies His revelations for the people, so that they may be Godfearing.