Iftar is a the breaking of the fast at day break. But Muslims break the fast once the adhan of Maghrib is given (which initially at 6.34 PM and later will increase) . These timings depend on when Ramadan Falls.
Since there are no meals during the day the focus is on the iftar or
break fast. In this case iftar is the original break fast since you are actually fasting.!
The thing to note is the essence of Ramadan that is important and not just iftar and shopping.
In this month focus on giving charity to Poor and needy. A month to be truthful and honest.
Since there are rules as a Muslim to keep the fast .
There are certain things to break the fast:
- Lying while fasting
- Eating or drinking intentionally
So what do Muslims have for iftar?
Well usually they have the following
- Juices(watermelon or any other fruit).
This iftar differs according to the country or place. (You might be in office so it would not be so extravagant like your home).
It is not important that the iftar has to be fancy but can be very simple to.The iftar can be a glass of water with dates. Dates are very abundant in quantity as well excellent quality in Saudi Arabia.
Prophet Ibrahim (Abrahim) prayed to the Creator
“OUR LORD, I HAVE SETTLED SOME OF MY DESCENDANTS IN AN UNCULTIVATED VALLEY NEAR YOUR SACRED HOUSE, OUR LORD, THAT THEY MAY ESTABLISH PRAYER. SO MAKE HEARTS AMONG THE PEOPLE INCLINE TOWARD THEM AND PROVIDE FOR THEM FROM THE FRUITS THAT THEY MIGHT BE GRATEFUL”
That explains the good quality of Dates in Saudi Arabia.
The Iftar in Saudi Arabia is something special and also the environment Ramadan creates.
But now days lot people tend to have iftar in restaurants and hotels. Whilst this is attractive we should remember about the poor and needy. An iftar dinner can cost around 30 US $ in good hotel in Bangladesh or India. But we can profit more as Muslims if we have it at home for 5$ and spend rest of the money give some poor people iftar.