Source: The Courier-Journal
On December 9, 1999, The Courier-Journal published an article on the Ramadan fast. Nabil Saba, manager of a Middle Eastern restaurant in Crescent Hill, Kentucky, stated: "Fasting is supposed to get you closer to God and also to feel how the needy...feel." Saba also emphasized that one must also "fast from speaking bad language or backbiting...because if you do (speak it), your fasting is not valid." Aly Farag, a volunteer at the Louisville Islamic Center, stated: "The whole purpose of fasting is to train people to obtain the status of piety and fear of God."