IFTAR UNDER THE STARS
WHAT IS RAMADAN?
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)”
– The Quran, Al-Baqarah 2:185
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in the Islamic culture. Ramadan is the month when the Quran was revealed. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. Muslims begin the morning after the crescent moon is visibly sighted, marking the beginning of the new month. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
WHAT IS FASTING?
During Ramadan, Muslims fast. They refrain from bad habits and pleasures and concentrate on prayers to get closer to Allah (God). This month is a time to reflect on your soul, spiritual growth, ask for forgiveness of your sins and to others, a month of mercy and a time to help the poor, a time to donate generously. It is also a time for families to gather and celebrate. Fasting begins at the break of dawn and lasts until sunset. You are not only refrained from eating and drinking but also from bad habits that you have collected throughout the year, this holy month helps you cleanse your body both in a physical & spiritual aspect.
We start our fasts at early hours before dawn which is called SUHOOR (breakfast). Fasting does not mean we only refrain from food all month, we also refrain from any bad habits, such as lying, backbiting, anger etc. wE SHOULD TRY OUR UPMOST TO STAY AWAY FROM ANY BAD DEEDS. as the sun sets, it is time to break our fast which is also called IFTAR, where we gather with our families or friends and have dinner. When you break your fast, a person typically breaks it with dates and wateR AS A SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH). Sometimes it can be small meals with just husband and wife and sometimes it can be a feast with larger families.
ramadan is in it's essence is a month of humanist spirituality.
IFTAR UNDER THE STARS
this was my first time hosting an iftar party at my house, it's always been on my to do list, but with a little one always being around, it's been exhausting to just about make dinner for my husband and i. this year i decided to go for it!
it was the first week of ramadan while the exhaustion had not creeped in yet and i was excited to host a small gathering of my family for an intimate girls iftar under the stars.
i love to host, and love having friends and family over, so this year an iftar party seemed perfect for the moroccan theme i had in mind. i decided to gather all the rugs & pillows in the house for an outdoor floor seating iftar in my garden.
seating on the floor whilst eating is a sunnah that we as muslims should follow of the prophet muhammad (pbuh).
what does sunnah mean?
The word Sunnah (Arabic: سنة) is an Arabic word meaning "tradition" or "way." For Muslims, Sunnah means "the way of the prophet". The Sunnah is made up of the words and actions of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. WE AS Muslims believe Muhammad's life is a good model for US to follow in OUR own lives.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:"I do not eat while reclining. I am but a slave of Allah and I eat like a slave of Allah.'' and ''I eat like a slave eats and I sit like a slave sits.''
Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم never sat at a dining table for meals. He صلى الله عليه و سلم sat in one of three positions while eating:
a) In the Tashahhud position (like in Salaat).
b) Same as above with the right knee raised.
c) On his heels, in the squatting posture.
another great sunnah is to eat with others, gather around and eat together. It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”
may allah accept all our good intentions. ameen
hummus, olives & pitta
cheese & crackers board
feta & watermelon sticks
chicken pot pies
bbq chicken tikka kebabs
gulab jamun pops
chocolate covered dates
moroccan mint tea