You always retain the freedom to define your own identity, so long as you stay true to the written tenets of the Qu’ran.
Caption: A Yemeni Muslim worshipper reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, during the fasting month of Ramadan on June 30, 2014 at the Great Mosque in the old city of the capital Sanaa.
Abstinence during the period has also been shown to have health benefits, although anyone who is sick or frail is excused.
"What you can do to help is not tempt [Muslims observing Ramadan] or talk about delicious food deliberately, and definitely do not smoke or drink in front of them," Fizza Jaffer said on Quora.
It's important to remember the distinction between written Islamic teachings and culture in the real world.
After 18 months, I went to my first mosque and met other Muslims properly for the first time How does a middle-aged, white Scottish man living in the Scottish Highlands end up becoming a Muslim - especially when he hasn't properly met a Muslim in his life?
I was praying five times a day, fasting for Ramadan, and eating and drinking only what was considered acceptable according to the teachings of the Qu’ran.
It was only then I found out that there was actually a small mosque in my town.
It woke something up inside me, and inspired me to begin a spiritual quest. It's quite a scary book to read because it tells you so much about yourself.
I popped along, knocked on the door and introduced myself.
They were surprised to see me and didn't know quite what to do with me at first, except to give me the mosque door combination and to welcome me to their community.
Back home in Inverness, I went to the local bookshop, bought a Qur'an and started to read. Some things that I found out about myself I didn’t like. I knew that I could stop reading the Qur'an and halt the process at any time, but I also knew that would mean giving up something really important. But there was no catch; I was quite comfortable with everything.
While reading, I always asked God to guide me on the journey I had set out on. And I knew what the end result of this process would be: I would be a Muslim. The difficult part in all of this was wondering who I would become.
I was accepted from the very beginning, however, and am now a constant within the community. What is Islam – and how do you divorce that religion from somebody’s culture?