Fasting is supposed to teach Muslims about patience and spiritual things. It is a time for Muslims to think about how the poor and homeless suffer without lots of food, it helps Muslims to be more obedient, and less greedy. During Ramadan, Muslims ask to be forgiven for their sins, and they pray for help in stopping them from doing bad things. Muslims believe Ramadan is a month when God shows himself to humans, because it was the month in which the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It was also the month in which the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary took place.