On patrol with the Afghan Army during Ramadan
Throughout the fasting period of Ramadan the Afghan National Army (ANA) are still working hard with the help of their British mentors to ensure that the local population in Helmand remains safe and protected.
Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and resistance of all temptations is encouraged. It is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.
Ramadan is also a time when Muslims take time out from worldly affairs and focus on self-reformation, spiritual cleansing and enlightenment, and they are encouraged to pray more often than normal.
During Ramadan therefore soldiers from the ANA go out on patrol in temperatures approaching 50 degrees Celsius without eating or drinking anything during the entire day.
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