Before dawn, Muslims rise to eat the Suhoor, a meal taken while it is still dark before the fast begins. This can mean an entire full course meal with complete Suhoor meals offered by many restaurants. At about one hour and twenty minutes before sunrise, Muslims perform the first prayer of the day – the Fajr which means dawn. Some people may go back to bed rising in time to begin their normal work day.
At noon, Muslims pray the Zuhr (midday) and later in the afternoon the Asr (afternoon). They will fast all day – no food or water – until sunset when they pray the Maghrib (dusk). Iftar is the meal taken at sunset to break the fast. It traditionally begins with a few dates and water. In the evening, Muslims will pray the Isha night prayer, and some will go to the mosques for Taraweeh, special evening prayers. The Suhoor and the Iftar are considered very meaningful times to celebrate with family and friends.
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Non-Muslims must also practice a lot of patience as nerves can become frayed from the stress of fasting. And, we are cautioned to be careful driving as reaction times of people who are fasting may drop during the day. Many businesses and services will open only after the Iftar meal around 9 pm and stay open to midnight or later. The good news is that the work day is shorter so non-Muslims too get to enjoy more time with family.
So how can non-Muslims thrive during Ramadan?
I am greatly moved by the sacrifice, hospitality and generosity of the Muslims during Ramadan, as well as during the year, and wish to join them during this holy month in sharing my abundance with those in need.
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Postscripts . . .
"Sacred Sunset" Culinary Tour (from this link you need to accept the condition and then the info on the tour will come up). While her current dates are full she said if she had enough inquiries she would schedule more. This sounds like a really good way for non-Muslims to experience the Iftar breaking of the fast. Send her a message if you would like to join her.
BBC's Good Food magazine, offers two great posts for Ramadan. Ramadan Recipes - What's cooking this month and 10 Goals for A Healthy Ramadan