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Ramdan glossary


Iftar or futoor

In Arabic this means “break fast”. It is the meal at sunset during Ramadan when Muslims can break their fast.


The pre-dawn meal to see those who are fasting through their day.

Ramadan Kareem

A nice greeting that means “generous Ramadan”. Say it to Muslims during this special time of year.

Ramadan Mubarak

Another greeting to wish people a happy Ramadan. It basically means “congratula­tions, it’s Ramadan”.


This is the word used for fasting and is one of the five pillars of Islam.


Another one of the five pillars of Islam is zakat or almsgiving. It requires adult Muslims to pay 2.5 percent of their wealth to the poor and needy. While this can be paid at any time of the year, zakat is more prominent during Ramadan.


Prayer, another of the five pillars of Islam. Five prayer times are observed throughout the day, the first at dawn, then at noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.


Special congregati­onal prayers held each evening during Ramadan, in addition to the five daily prayers.

Eid Al-Fitr

This annual, three-day celebratio­n marks the end of Ramadan and the start of “Shawwal” (the tenth month of the Islamic calendar) with prayers, festivitie­s, food, gifts and family gatherings. It means “feast of breaking the fast”.

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