One of the common questions that i receive from friends and readers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan is, “Can you smoke while you’re fasting?” — the simple answer to that is no.

The long answer is a bit more complicated. During the fasting month, Muslims are to refrain (during daylight hours at least) from all wide range of activities. Refraining from food and drink is just a small portion of the fast. Besides not smoking, it’s a also a time to refrain from sexual activity, cursing and swearing, and, even work, as practiced in some places. The idea is that the fasting month is a time of prayer, reflection and holy deeds only. It is the one time of the year where Muslims are to focus on their spiritual well being first above all others, and the way to be able to do this is to remove all temptations and distractions, including food, drink, and other bodily pleasures such as a great Havana cigar.

It really isn’t as restrictive as it sounds, and besides the spiritual benefits, it’s a good opportunity to detox as well. As we all know, cigars aren’t addictive in the sense of the word cigarettes or alcohol is addictive, so keeping my hands off the cigars for a month isn’t really very difficult to do. I think of it, as “more time for my beauties to age and rest”. Occasionally, i pick out a small stick to smoke after the breaking of the fast, but it really isn’t the same. I think not eating or drinking the whole day changes how our taste buds work somehow, and a cigar doesn’t quite taste the same. Thus defeating the purpose of smoking, thus i rather not waste my cigars for an imperfect experience.

The other side effect of the fasting month is that reviews for My Cigar Blog will be very quiet until September, when the fasting month ends. 🙂 See you on the flipside, everyone. Happy fasting, and Eid Mubarak.