It is Ramadan, July 8-Aug. 7, the ninth month of the year for Muslims and the most sacred month of the year to fast, to pray, to give alms. I lived in Palestine in a neighborhood of Muslim families. The people I knew took the duty of Ramadan very seriously. At times, I saw someone almost faint from the heat and lack of any liquids during the day. But would the person drink at that point? No; instead, friends splashed his face with water.