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By Chris De Benedetti

NEWARK — Ramadan is a yearly time of self-sacrifice and generosity, during which Muslims for a month go without food and drink during daylight hours while refocusing attention on God and others.

Though steeped in centuries of Islamic tradition, Ramadan’s daily rituals present modern challenges for Bay Area Muslims, including Silicon Valley employees and other professionals who must balance hectic 21st-century schedules with fasting nearly 17 hours each day.

Many cope by slowing down and doing a little less of everything, which dovetails with Ramadan’s spirit of self-restraint, said Zain Ali, who worships at the Al-Medina Education Center, a Newark religious school and mosque. [Read more…]