Ramzan is the holiest of months according to Islam. Ramzan is not just about fasting or staying hungry and thirsty for one month, but much more. This is the month for piety and devotion. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Ramzan is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s inner self.
Fasting during Ramzan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. The fasting begins from sunrise and ends at sunset. During Ramadan, Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn Sehri/ Suhoor meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fasts in the evening.
The evening meals are known as Iftar. The Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to breakthe day’s fast. Literally, it means “breakfast.” Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast.
Ramadan 2018: Significance Of Iftar
IFTAR is an Arabic word, which literally means ‘to break’. In the Islamic context, it means to break the fast, to eat and drink in the evening after the daylong fast. Iftar is like dinner, but it is a dinner combined with a spiritual experience. Iftar, thus not only gives physical energy, but also becomes a source of spiritual development.
The iftar time becomes a time of inspiration. It is the moment when physical food is converted into spiritual food. Before heading for Iftar they break their fast with dates, after which they adjourn for Maghrib prayer – one of the final prayers for the day. A traditional Iftar menu comprises fruits, juice, milk, dates and water. The belief is that Prophet Mohammad ate three dates when he broke his fast.
According to Islamic teachings, iftar should be a simple meal and not a lavish affair.
For health reasons, Muslims are advised not to over-eat during iftar or at any other time and are adviced to follow other health tips during Ramadan. Prior to Ramadan, a Muslim should always consult with a doctor about the safety of fasting in individual health circumstances. One must always take care to get the nutrients, hydration, and rest that you need.
This Ramadan, may Allah remove all your obstacles, forgive your transgressions, give you the ability to forgive your enemies, answer your prayers, and bless you with peace and happiness! Awaaz Nation wishes everyone a blessed and pious Ramadan!
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