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“Mummy, where’s Iftar?”

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I’ve been trying to teach DD about Ramadan since she was about two. Although babies and small children are allowed to eat during daylight hours in Ramadan, I’ve never felt comfortable giving her snacks in front of those who may be fasting, so, without starving her, I use a “no snacks out” policy as a way to teach her about the Holy month – why Muslims fast and what the point of it is.

For a few years now, she’s understood that she can’t eat out, have snacks, or stop off for lunch in the mall, when it’s Ramadan, and I think she may have some flicker of sympathy with starving people the world over when she feels those pangs of hunger in the car.

But today her education went one step further when she surprised me with the question, “Mummy, where’s Iftar?”

I explained it was the meal with which Muslims break their fast during Ramadan – traditionally dates and water – and that it could be anywhere, really: At home, at a friend’s house or in a restaurant.

She looked stunned.

“Oh!” she said. “It’s just that my friend M said he was going to Iftar with his family tonight, and I thought it was another country.”

Iftar – a small country near Belarus, perhaps?


Written by mrsdubai

July 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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  1. Oh Bless her for taking so much interest in other religion and its traditions. I find it so amazing when here in UAE, the “non Muslims” are respecting the holy month and its rules and traditions.
    Bless you all.. Xx


    July 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  2. Well M himself didn’t really know where he was going and told S that Iftar marks the end of Ramadan! If only. Having been “to Iftar” he would now define it as looking a lot like the ballroom of the Westin hotel and tell you that it includes face painting. S has even less idea as he said “please don’t drink too much wine mummy”. Again – if only.


    August 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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