During the month-long fast of Ramadan, the days are rigorous. Muslims who observe the fast take no food or drink during the daylight hours. At what age do children begin to fast? I know some people who started fasting half-days when they were 5-6 years old, and others went straight to fasting full days in their early teens. What is the norm, and what are the expectations for fasting youth?
Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images: Muslim schoolgirls make their way to class in southern Thailand.