Arabic for breakfast, derived from the 3 letter Arabic root verb Fa Ta Ra. although not mandatory, it is preferable that one break a fasting by first eating palm tree dates as the prophet Mohammed used to do, modern nutritionists experts believe this is a good move, considering the high amount of fibers and fructose contained in dates and its ease of digestion.

Muslims break their fasting after first hearing the first prayer calls for Maghrib (dusk) prayer, usually around 5 pm or 6 pm depending if Ramadhan falls in summer or winter since Ramadhan is determined by the lunar calendar and it is the 9th month.

After eating lightly, Muslims would go to prayer and come back to continue their iftar by eating more.

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