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Iftar Parties: A Short Guide

Ramadan is a time when many Muslims celebrate the spirit of brotherhood and community with their friends and family, Muslim or otherwise. So if you’re ever invited to an iftar, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy some Muslim hospitality!

Here are some tips to be the perfect iftar party guest:

  • Even if you’ve been invited over to a close friend’s house, make sure to dress appropriately.
  • People dress more modestly during the holy month, so avoid clothes that are too tight or too revealing.
  • Although there’s no real expectation to bring a gift, it’s a nice gesture for your host.
  • Many guests opt to bring a dish themselves as a gift to be shared with everyone.
    • If you go for this option, make sure your dish is free of alcohol or pork products.
  • Other gifts for your host include:
    • A box of dates or dry fruits
    • Traditional sweets or chocolates
    • Flowers or edible arrangements
    • Perfume or scented candles
  • Arrive around 10 to 15 minutes before the adhan. However, you may arrive earlier and help your hosts if you like.
  • If food is being served on the table, do not start eating until everyone is seated and the call to prayer is heard, no matter how hungry you are.
  • After it is heard though, feel free to eat what you please. Although the first food eaten during the iftar is traditionally dates, you don’t need to follow any particular order.

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