Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an act of obedience and submission to Allah’s commands through the highest degree of commitment, sincerity, and faithfulness to seek Allah’s mercy. It is done out of deep love for God, with a genuine virtue of devotion, honest dedication, and closeness to Allah. The fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory on every adult, sane, and able Muslim.
May the divine and blessing of Allah protect you and guide you. May Allah accept your fasting and prayers. May Allah help you fulfill your obligation during this holy month, and grant peace and safety to the Ummah and the entire world.
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (Al-Baqarah 183)
Healthy iftar begins with dates, then a glass of water or milk, then start your iftar with a hot dish of soup, salad and then the main dish. Of course, moderation in eating remains the key to good health!
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting is a paradise.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari), which means that fasting is a protection and a barrier from hellfire for those who fast the month.
Balls of Dates and Nuts Recipe
A cup of dates, seedless
1 cup of cashews, almonds or pistachios
Half a cup of grated coconut
A little rock salt
Tablespoon of coconut oil
Grated coconut and chopped nuts (for garnish)
Soak dates in water for an hour. Lift it out of the water and leave it to dry. Chop cashews, almonds or pistachios with grated coconut in a food processor until the mixture becomes smooth.
Add the dates, salt and coconut oil and mix again until you get a smooth sticky mixture.
Then take a small amount of mixture on the palm of your hand and begin to form balls.
Place the grated coconut in a tray, then roll on the ball on the coconut until it sticks to the ball. Repeat with chopped nuts (optional).
Place wax paper on a tray then line up the balls on the tray. Place the tray in the fridge for at least one hour. Enjoy this simple and delicious dessert with your family and your loved ones.