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Feast of the moon for Allah: second part

Muslims have meals twice during the Ramadan; they are referred to as Sahari and Iftar.

The meal two hours before sunrise is called Sahari. Since they fast during the daytime, Sahari is important to prevent high blood pressure or dehydration.

Many of the Afghans eat a kind of rice and drink tea to take in high calories.

They worship God after the Sahari. As worshipping before sunrise is considered to be most valuable, they worship longer in order to have a close connection with God


Muslims stop fasting after sunset and take a meal named Iftar. They wait anxiously for Iftar.

Following the tradition, they drink juice, milk and water. They prepare delicious dishes and desserts for Iftar.

In particular, Afghans eat kebab, pilaf, rice porridge and traditional soup and drink tea.

After eating, they reflect on the meaning of Ramadan.

Connecting with the society is one of the most important roles of Ramadan.

They enjoy having a good time with their family during Ramadan and they invite relatives, friends, and neighbors for Iftar. Muslims regard guests as friends of God.

After finishing 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr. This is an important Muslim holiday in the Islamic world.

In addition, there is another custom to distribute foods among the poor when celebrating Eid al-Fitr. People go to the mosque and pray to God in the early morning, and then they celebrate Eid al-Fitr with family and friends.

Zuhra Afshar
Field Officer
JEN Afghanistan

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June 29, 2017 in Afghanistan |