Just a minute ago I received a sweet text from a Muslim friend who will soon start cooking for Iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast. She shared her mouth-watering menu with me. She’d probably invite me over if we weren’t in the midst of COVID-19 distancing. (Picture a sad face emoji here.)
Ramadan is the month when Muslims reverence Allah’s initial revelations of the Qur’an to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. They fast food, water and sexual relations from sun-up to sun-down, in an effort to receive forgiveness from sin and earn Allah’s favor.
When our family lived overseas, we cherished visits with our Muslim friends during Ramadan. We enjoyed quite a few iftar invitations. At the appointed time we would snack on dried fruit, nuts, shami kebabs and savory samosas before diving in to a larger, delectable fare. A cup or two of creamy, cardamom chai usually topped off the feast.