Islam provides us with the perfect guidance from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).
While it is easy to want to quickly eat at iftar after a long day fasting, remembering the Sunnah of eating will continue your reward after sunset, Insha Allah.
- Begin by saying “Bismillah”
- Thank Allah (swt) for the food that you are about to eat.
- Eat with your right hand
- Break your fast with an odd number of date
- Eat in moderation
- Avoid wasting food
- Thank the one who has prepared the food for you and share your food with others
- Eat with understanding that eating, after a day of fasting, is itself an act of ibadah (worship)
Eating with Others
Whether eating with your family, with friends at a shared iftar or breaking fast at the mosque, there are important etiquettes to remember.
- Allow the elderly and any guests to eat first.
- Appreciate the food you have been offered, do not upset your host by asking for alternative foods or making them feel uncomfortable.
- Share the food and take only your fair share – consider the need of others to eat.
- Eat quietly and neatly
- Be courteous, hold good and appropriate conversation during the meal.
- Help clear and tidy crumbs, dishes and cutlery after meal.
- Thank your host.