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What is Suhoor and Iftar?

What is suhoor and iftar

Suhoor and Iftar are two important meals in the Islamic practice of fasting during Ramadan.

  1. Suhoor: This is the meal eaten before dawn, just before Muslims start their fast for the day. Suhoor is very early in the morning, and it helps give strength and blessings throughout the day of fasting. It’s like having a big breakfast to keep you going until it’s time to eat again.
  2. Iftar: This is the meal that breaks the fast at sunset. It usually starts with eating dates and drinking water, followed by a fuller meal. Iftar is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the day’s fasting with good food and company. It’s similar to having dinner after a long day.

Bible Verses:
While the Bible does not specifically mention Suhoor or Iftar, it does discuss the importance of meals in strengthening bonds and fostering community, as well as the spiritual significance of fasting. For example, Acts 2:46-47 says, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” This verse emphasizes communal meals and their role in spiritual and community life.


  1. Jesus’ Last Supper: This meal, which Jesus shared with His disciples before His crucifixion, was significant for its spiritual context and as a time for important teachings. It’s remembered in Christian practice as communion.
  2. Feeding of the 5,000: Jesus uses a small amount of food to feed a large crowd, emphasizing the power of sharing in a communal setting (Matthew 14:13-21).
  3. Breaking of Bread by Early Christians: The early Christians often gathered to share meals, which strengthened their community and faith.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Community Building: Both Suhoor and Iftar play a crucial role in strengthening family and community ties, as everyone comes together to share these special meals.
  2. Spiritual Significance: These meals are not just about eating but are deeply spiritual practices that reinforce the importance of Ramadan and fasting in Muslim life.
  3. Preparation and Reflection: Suhoor prepares Muslims for the day ahead, offering physical and spiritual nourishment, while Iftar is a time of joy and gratitude after a day of fasting, reflecting on the day’s spiritual journey.


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