The most difficult part of the fasting day is usually the last few hours before Iftar. In fact, being productive in these last couple of hours is a great way to distract yourself from constantly thinking about food.
It’s best to keep your body and mind busy, even if you are highly organised. If all your tasks are done, you can spend more of your time focusing on spiritual enlightenment by reading, praying and helping the family members get ready for Iftar.
- Buy all necessities for Iftar and Suhoor to avoid the last-minute rush of getting ingredients for meals.
- Readjust your body clock with a power nap so you can be fresh for Iftar and have energy the next morning to wake up for Suhoor.
- Spend more quality time with your children: help them with their homework, tell them stories and explain the benefits of Ramadan to them.
- Organise your personal space, your clothes or books collections.
- Prepare for Iftar as early as possible so that everything is at hand when breaking the fast, leaving you with enough time to pray.
- Prepare the next morning’s Suhoor while you are waiting for Iftar and store it in a cool, dry place.
- If you soak dates in milk or water and eat them for Iftar, pit the dates in the early afternoon so they are soft.
- If you are having Iftar at the mosque, get there early to meet with friends and community members, as this is a great opportunity to share your thoughts on Ramadan and its values with others.
- While waiting for Iftar, make a dua (supplication) for Allah to give you and your family the sincerity, strength, motivation and wisdom to make the most of Ramadan.
- Cook a little more of your special Ramadan dishes and send your neighbours Iftar snacks to enhance the community spirit. Let your children feel the happiness of Ramadan by including them in the preparation and delivery of dishes that you send over to friends and neighbours.
- If you are good at crafts, make special handmade Eid cards or decorations for friends and family.
- Use the time before Iftar to plan interesting things to do with your neighbours, friends and relatives for the Eid Al Fitr celebrations.
The month of Ramadan is special and it’s great to make the most of every hour.