Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Islam Iftar: the Daily Break-Fast During Ramadan Share Flipboard Email Print Mansoreh Motamedi/Getty Images Islam Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Important Principles Prayer Salat Prophets of Islam The Quran Hajj and Eid Al Adha By Huda Islam Expert M.Ed., Loyola University–Maryland B.S., Child Development, Oregon State University Huda is an educator, school administrator, and author who has more than two decades of experience researching and writing about Islam online. our editorial process Huda Updated June 25, 2019 Definition The Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day's fast. Literally, it means "breakfast." Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast. The other meal during Ramadan, which is taken in the morning (pre-dawn), is called suhoor. Pronunciation: If-tar Also Known As: fitoor The Meal Muslims traditionally first break the fast with dates and either water or a yogurt drink. After Maghrib prayer, they then have a full-course meal, consisting of soup, salad, appetizers and main dishes. In some cultures, the full-course meal is delayed into later in the evening or even early morning. Traditional foods vary by country. Iftar is very much a social event, involving family and community members. It is common for people to host others for dinner, or gather as a community for a potluck. It is also common for people to invite and share food with those less fortunate. The spiritual reward for charitable giving is considered to be especially significant during Ramadan. Health Considerations For health reasons, Muslims are advised not to over-eat during iftar or at any other time and are adviced to follow other health tips during Ramadan. Prior to Ramadan, a Muslim should always consult with a doctor about the safety of fasting in individual health circumstances. One must always take care to get the nutrients, hydration, and rest that you need.