Iftar Party Ideas
Iftar means to break your fast, this is the meal that Muslims have at sunset in the holy month of Ramadan. After a challenging 19 hours or more fasts, the iftar meal is often at the forefront of our minds. Whether you’re preparing it or not, this meal usually requires more attention and dedication than a normal meal outside of Ramadan.
Iftar like the holy month is often a time of pure reflection, gratitude and spiritual closeness to Allah. Hosting or opening ones Iftar is one of the many deeds rewarded in Ramadan.
In today’s modern-day this has now become a grander affair. From invitations to decorations, gifts, lavish displays of food and even entertainment (definitely not the disco kind!), more subtle and relaxing like the recitation of the Quran and poetry in praise of Allah and his messenger PBUH. Although it may seem too much effort after the challenge of the fast itself, it doesn’t have to be as exhausting, you can keep it simple, yet elegant.
I have compiled a few tips on how to host a great Iftar party.
Don't overdo it. Preserve your energy and pace your self. Maybe prepare some elements the night before. Such as getting the home ready or pre marinating dishes.
Decorate your homes, whether small or big, there’s many options available to decorate your homes for this festive occasion. From hanging decorations, tableware, lights, novelty gifts and more visit our website for all our Ramadan specials.
Choose your menu, keeping foods well balanced and high in nutrients. Dates are often served at iftars as the food that breaks the fast.
This is a tradition of the prophet Muhammad PBUH, who said "When one is fasting, he should break his fast with dates, but if he cannot get any, he should break his fast with water as that is very purifying".
These days dates are available all year round, you can get luxury ones imported from Saudia Arabia, Morocco and Palestine.
Starters such as pakoras, samosas, rolls and other pastries can be served. Or my favourite samosa chaat, which is a combination of onions, potatoes and chickpeas, topped with a crispy samosa and tangy tamarind and mint chutney.
Mains, are often either skipped or save for suhoor. However if served a light option can be offered. Such as a light biryani or platter of grilled meats served with nan bread.
Desserts, there’s always room for this! Traditional sweets such as, jalebis, rasmalai, kheer, baklava can be prepared. Or if you're more into western desserts, cakes, doughnuts, pastries and chocolates can also be well received.
Reflect; although the food element can be the focus of an Iftar, the actual main focus is self reflection and spirituality. As the rewards for good deeds in Ramadan are found to be doubled according to the Prophets teachings. My favourite part of the evening is the communal prayers, where the entire family gather and perform the obligatory and sunnah prayers (Taraweeh). This would usually be done at the local mosque but due to current situation we are performing them at home, which in a ways is more intimate. At this time everyone will reflect on their day and how well they accomplish their fast, and discuss the plans going ahead for Ramadan, such as Zakat.
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