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iftar-dinner-for-kidsNorth East Islamic Community Center and Turkish Cultural Center organized a kids iftar dinner. Turkish Cultural Center Boston hosted kids iftar dinner in Revere Ma. Iftar has started with Magrib A`zan and about forty people joined to this iftar.TCC offered Ice cream to the kids, their parents gave information about Ramadan and iftar.

What is the Iftar:

Each day during the month of Ramadan, when the sun goes down, Muslims conclude their daily fast with a special meal. This “breaking of the fast” is called iftar in Arabic. To observe iftar, Muslims often visit family and friends but they also try to attend their local mosque which serves a meal as part of its nightly program. The program at the mosque often includes recitation from the holy Quran, prayers (maghrib and ‘ishaa) that are recited after sun-down, and the main meal. The program may also include a lecture or lessons in the rules of Islam, and sometimes additional prayers and supplications.

What is the Ramadan:

During Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar) Muslims all over the world fast from food, drink, and other physical needs from s unrise to sunset. Because the month of Ramadan is set in a lunar calendar, it moves through the Western-style calendar. The Arabic word for fasting—sawm—literally means “to refrain” – and sawm means not only refraining from food and drink, but from improper actions, thoughts, and words. Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Followers of Islam are to make peace with those who have wronged them, strengthen ties with family and friends, and do away with bad habits—essentially clean up their lives, thoughts, and feelings. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint, cleanse the body and soul from impurities, and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God.