Breaking the fast in Granada
The Iftar: the Daily Break-Fast During Ramadan
Is a social rather than a simple meal event. Iftar is right after Maghrib time, which is around sunset. This period of fasting is to bring self-purification through self restraint and good deeds.
Discover how the Muslim of Granada break the fast in the Great Mosque of Granada.
What is the Ramadan
Is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which commemorates the first revelation of the Qu’ran to Prophet Muhammad.
The beginnings and endings this mounth are ruled by the lunar cycles, and so the beginning of this holy month falls a day or so after the new moon. Lasting dawn to sunset for a period of 29-30 days, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual relations. You can be exempt from fasting, under these conditions. Been ill, travelling, elderly, breastfeeding, pregnant, diabetic or menstruating.
Muslims first break the fast with dates and either water or a yogurt drink. After Maghrib prayer, they then have a full-course meal, consisting of soup, salad, appetizers and main dishes. In some cultures, the full-course meal is later in the evening or even early morning. Traditional foods vary by country.
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.
The Traditions of Ramadan
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam Ramadan is rife with sacred traditions.
The fasting must be intentional. The concept of niyyah which means “intention” guides the fasting of Ramadan.
After breaking the fast, they make their way to their Mosques to offer the fith daily prayer, known as the Isha prayer. The day will often end with a special voluntary prayer called Taraweeh.
The final ten days of Ramadan considered some of the most holy nights. The 27th night is of particular importance the “Night of Power.” This is the night that Muhammad received his first revelation, Muslims spend this day praying and reciting the Quran.
After the 30 days, concludes in a celebration, known as Eid-ul-Fitr, where Muslims gather to offer prayers of thanks. Visiting friends and exchange gifts during this time.
A Month of Faith
This isn’t just a time for abstract reflection Ramadan has a real, practical purpose that creates real changes within those who observe it.
Ramadan is all about growing nearer to God. Physically carrying out tasks solely for God helps Muslims to feel that He is a reality in their lives, and bequeaths a sense of purpose and direction.
It is also about developing and strengthening powers of self-control so that, throughout the rest of the year, sinful desires and thoughts can be better resisted.
Deprivation and fasting helps to remember of those less fortunate, as well as those with blessings.
It is a time unlike any other in the Islamic calendar.