Ramadan – when can your fast not be a fast?

“Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness.” :Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s

Ramadan is a time of self-purification by way of physical deprivation and spiritual enhancement. Each culture has its traditions with respect to how and what one eats during this month and I have been privy to the Trinidadian way and the Barbadian way – ranging from Spartan fare of dates and water (as per the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad saws) to foodathons. Over the past few years, I have seen in the international media, photos and descriptions of elaborate feasts at sundown, the time of breaking of the fast. Fasting has as its purpose the increasing of God-consciousness. It is disheartening to see the over-compensation by way of over-consumption during the non-fasting hours of Ramadan, which to my mind, defeats the purpose of the fast in Ramadan. An over-full stomach does not aid his starving brother, nor does it assist in increasing ibaadah, and as BD has pointed out, is a waste of resources. The image below is one of our pre-Ramadan attempts to entertain healthily and it is my hope that you can adopt either or both of them into your Ramadan meal planning. It’s hummus, cottage cheese, and a mix of tomato, sweet pepper and feta cheese. Plaintain crackers/chips. I cannot get the other sparse fruit platter uploaded but it’s grapes, lychees, and orange-date-cheese kebabs.

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