Muslim Students Reflect On Ramadan Celebration

August 11, 2009

Author: Megan K. Scott

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

In a Muslim country, celebrating Ramadan is relatively simple: Most people are fasting from sunrise to sunset.

But in the U.S., most people are eating, and enticing food commercials, an overabundance of restaurants and watching others eat can make celebrating the holiday more challenging.

How do Muslims deal with the cravings, the puzzling looks and the "Are you on a diet?" questions?

The Associated Press interviewed several college students about Ramadan, which begins around Aug. 21, according to Muslim scholars, and runs for 30 days. (Ramadan is set by sightings of the moon).

Here are their stories, edited from their own words.