Breaking the fast with setting up during Ramadan

When we talk about breakfast, we probably start thinking about things like cheerios, orange juice and yogurt. Maybe a granola bar and coffee are more your vibe, or perhaps you go all out with “farm-style” spreads of eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, toast. (Although we live on a farm and definitely don’t start the day like that — cereal and homemade yogurt all the way, unless I’m feeling really extra and make oatmeal.)

It goes without saying that in regards to breakfast, we think of foods to eat in the morning. Breakfast clearly means “to break the fast,” and that’s what we do at the meal that comes after a night of rest.

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But what if we were breaking the fast in the evening? That is, in fact, what many Muslims have been doing for the past few weeks during the month of Ramadan. Dependent on the lunar schedule instead of our Gregorian calendar system, Ramadan begins with the appearance of the crescent moon and ends with its departure; this covers the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. This holy month of fasting is considered the most sacred time of the year, in observance of when Allah was said to have given the first part of the Quran to Mohammed. Able-bodied adults are expected to fast between sunrise and sunset, practicing the discipline of restraint along with increased focus on prayer and community. Some do not even drink water during daylight hours, which makes me so thirsty just thinking about it.

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