Ramadan has been intriguing me lately. They have these “Iftar boxes” at all the Indian places near me and I want one! Plus, the more I learn about the religion, the more I respect it for it’s integrity.
Every day during the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world get up before dawn to eat Suhoor, the meal before the sun rises, and perform the fajr prayer.
Practitioners then do not eat or drink anything from dawn until sunset.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
– Allah is the one and only King Mother God
– Pray 5 times a day
– Fast during Ramadan (No food, drink, or sex!)
– Go to Mecca
The purpose of fasting is an excercise in discipline and to cleanse your body and your mind. Additionally, this allows for Muslims to concentrate on their prayers and be more grateful for everything wonderful in the world.
Ramadan ends with a day long celebration known as Eidul-Fitr. Here is where those Iftar Boxes are finally used. I believe they buy them in advance so when sundown finally occurs they can break the fast right away. I remember my father telling me stories of all the Muslim students at his college breaking open their boxes of food as soon as it was technically sunset to the minute. I guess these were the Iftar boxes.
Teachers of Islam recommend dates for breaking the fast. It was a tradition created by the Prophet Muhammad around the seventh century
I love the emphasis on fasting. I am a big believer in excercising your body and mind like this. And making it an entire month is a great committment. Respect.
Links and Sources:
Great, Easy Guide to Ramadan from the BBC
How Tos of Fasting for Ramadan
About Ramadan from Islam 101
Trials of Fasting from BBC
What is Ramadan? Quick Guide
The etiquette of Iftaar & Suhoor
Dates at Ramadan Article