Top 5 Ramadan essentials in a Muslim household

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People who practice Ramadan, usually engage in similar behaviors and practices, especially in this part of the world. Here are some of the essentials that are most commonly seen in Muslim households around the globe. 

1. Prayer: While the focus of Ramadan is often abstinence from food and water, the month is also considered the most sacred in the Islamic calendar. This means that Muslims try to make the most of it by praying and engaging in the remembrance of Allah as much as they can. Taraweeh is a voluntary prayer held after the last prayer of the day, which people often carry out in mosques or in large groups. The Qur’an is the Holy Book for Muslims, and it’s encouraged to recite as much of it as possible during Ramadan. It’s common for people to attempt to finish reading the entire Qur’an in the month of Ramadan, by reading one out of 30 parts of it each day, for the whole month. Muslims believe that the reward for reading the Holy Qur’an during the month of Ramadan increases several-fold. If you haven’t had the time to do it, try to maximize your time with your mus’haf (copy of the Holy Qur’an) or tasbeeh (prayer beads) in the next two weeks!

 

2. Dates, water, Vimto, and lots of food! Of course, it comes as no surprise that after having restricted oneself from food and drink all day, people go a little crazy when it comes time to break their fast. Households buy dates and water in abundance for the month of Ramadan, because these are the two things that the fast should preferably be broken with, according to the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Once the basics are covered, people go on to eat delicious, vibrant varieties of food such as samosas, fried foods, machboos, vine leaves, biryani, varieties of salads and soups, sweets like knafeh, baklava and so much more! Vimto is another must-have at the Iftar table! It’s a sweet grape and berry-flavored syrup that’s mixed with water, and is quite popular all over the Middle East, as well as in several other countries. Rooh-afza is another syrup that’s rose-flavored and is pretty popular among the South Asian community.

 

3. Iftar and sohour parties: Iftar and sohour parties are a big deal in Ramadan, no matter which part of the world you’re in. In Qatar, it varies from house parties to restaurants, to iftar tents in hotels. People host gatherings at their house with feasts laid out, and often prepare an arrangement to pray taraweeh. Naturally, these are great occasions to spend time with friends and family and build a strong sense of community.

4. Charity: Giving is a big part of the spirit of Ramadan. People often tend to pay zakat which is compulsory for Muslims to pay in order to purify their wealth. People also give more than just the required charity – either by donating to organizations, or to people. Iftars are arranged for the less fortunate, sometimes in tents or even in homes. People prepare food from home and arrange for it to be given to people in the vicinity. Mosques around the country also arrange for small free meals at Iftar time, so people who come to pray can avail of them. Small packages are also given away on roads and traffic lights at sunset for anyone who might be late to break their fast.

5. Ramadan etiquette: Be it respecting one other more and not fighting, not speaking harshly and back-biting, or respecting those who are fasting and speaking nicely to each other, Ramadan is a month when people purify their behaviors, in addition to abstaining from food and drink.

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