Iftar at the Prophet’s Mosque

Ramadan; the most rewarding month in Islam. Beyond the abstinence of food and drink, this holy month, as I perceive it to be, is the month of unity, patience and self-improvement.

For Ramadan this year, I had the privilege to break my fast in the second holiest city in Islam, Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

With the negative narrative imposed on Islam and its followers in the World today, unity is a goal we must aim to achieve. As ordered in the Qur’an,

“And hold fast to the rope of Allah, all of you together, and do not be divided.” Al Imran [3:103]

Unity can be witnessed in this blessed month from the Muslims in our neighbourhood to the Muslims on the opposite side of the world.

The photographs below were taken roughly during the 20 minutes prior to the call of the evening prayer, following the setting of the sun, whereby Muslims break their fast.

Some families take the initiative to prepare food for the masses, usually a group of 20 to 40 people. A mat is laid down on the ground and until all space is taken, anyone who enters the mosque compound is allowed to join and be fed by the family.

The food prepared by aforementioned families usually include dates, laban, bread, juice, fruits, bottled water and occasionally a more fulfilling serving. As I reached relatively early, I was provided with an adequate amount of food.

My Iftaar (breakfast) on the first evening.
The supplications recited right before the call to prayer is believed to guarantee a response from God.
19:04; worshippers are still making their way to the mosque eight minutes before the Evening prayer.
19:12; the Maghreb (Evening) prayer has been called, signalling the breaking of fast for Muslims.

On the second day, however, I was not very lucky with the serving as I arrived late. With barely a place to sit to break my fast, I had only managed to gather dates, plain yoghurt and zamzam water for my iftaar.

People crowd for a cup of soft drink.

May we be met with the month of Ramadan the following year and may the Muslim community realise the importance of tolerance, harmony and unity, especially during times where segregation between us seem to be the objective of our common adversary.