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Muslims are supposed to observe fast during the month of Ramadan.It is the fourth pillar of Islam and it  lasts 29-30 days.The period this year coincides with the London Olympics games where Muslim participants will have to either compete on empty stomachs or break the law of Allah.The same coincidence happened in 1980.

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities.

While Muslims are increasingly common on Western teams — for example British rower Mohamed Sbihi and French boxer Rachid Azzedine — no Muslims made the U.S. team this year.

This year’s Olympics are significant because Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei will for the first time send female athletes to the Olympics. They are the last Muslim countries to send female athletes.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games were officially opened on Friday 27th July and will go until 12 August 2012. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate.