Ramadan glossary

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Iftar: This means “break fast”. It is the meal at sunset to break the the fast.

Suhoor: Pre-dawn meal before the fast begins for the day.

Ramadan Kareem:
A greeting that means “generous Ramadan”.

Ramadan Mubarak: Another greeting to wish people a happy Ramadan, which means “congratulations, it’s Ramadan”.

Sawm: The word used for fasting and one of the five pillars of Islam.

Zakat: This is another of the five pillars of Islam. It requires adult Muslims to pay 2.5 percent of their wealth to the needy. While It can be paid at any time during the year, but is more prominent during Ramadan.

Salah: Prayer, another of the five pillars of Islam. Five prayer times are observed throughout the day, the first at dawn, then
at noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.

Tarawih: Special congregational prayers held each evening during Ramadan, in addition to the five daily prayers.

Eid Al-Fitr: Meaning “feast of breaking the fast”, this three-day celebration marks the end of Ramadan and the start of “Shawwal” – the tenth month in the Islamic calendar – with prayers, festivities, food and gifts.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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