Ramadan is a time to be grateful for what we have, to care for people around and to avoid wastefulness. Being there for someone can help them get through their day-to-day life. Call a friend or a relative to check how they are coping with the stress and anxiety. The Iftar meal is the greatest embodiment of Allah’s grace and generosity, and the way we serve and celebrate this daily meal should reflect that. When planning for Iftar, cook in moderation so that there is no wastage of food.
Break your fast in moderation. Take only what you can eat. We have the tendency to pile our plates high and not care to finish the food. However, wasting food is wrong in every way. If you are planning to attend any Iftar get-together, bear this simple tip in mind to avoid wasting food. And if you are hosting an Iftar or Suhoor get-together it is important to not go overboard. If you have leftovers, share them with those who have less than you. Like Iftar, for Suhoor one should eat in moderation. Remember to stay hydrated, choose good carbs, eat plenty of greens and avoid food that is high in fat, salt and sugar content.
Ramadan traditions in Indonesia
In Bali people sit in circles and have a meal together with rice and dishes on a tray during Ramadan. It is called “Megibung” which was derived from gibung which means sharing. Bukber or breaking the fast together is a tradition of the Indonesian people to stay in touch with one another. This activity is usually carried out from the second fasting week to the last day of fasting.
Words of Wisdom
“To God belongs the future of the heavens and the earth, and all matters are controlled by Him. You shall worship Him and trust in Him. Your Lord is never unaware of anything you do.” (Quran, 11:123)