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Iftar: what time to pray and eat during Ramadan ?

“Iftar: what time to pray and eat during Ramadan?”

IFTAR 2024. From Lille à Marseille via Paris or Toulouse, it is a constant concern of Muslims during Ramadan. Iftar, or Ftour, corresponds to the evening meal and therefore à the time of breaking the fast among Muslims.

Ramadan 2024 should begin on March 11 if astronomical calculations are correct. If a night of doubt is always organized at the Paris Mosque to confirm the start date of the holy month among Muslims, there is almost no doubt about it, the first moon being already predicted in advance. for a long time.

With Ramadan, one of the most important rituals among Muslims will also make a comeback: that of Iftar, followed daily by practitioners throughout this month of fasting and spirituality. Iftar, also calledé Ftour, holds a very special place in Ramadan. This is the name given to the at the evening meal, the moment of breaking the fast each day. A moment sometimes awaited with impatience, à at the end of 12 à 15 hours of deprivation.

During Iftar, it is again possible to drink and eat, until the end of the day. dawn the next day, until midnight. Aïd el-Fitr, the date marking the end of Ramadan. Muslims following the rules of fasting are therefore particularly attentive to the time of this key sequence. of the day, especially as it varies daily, depending on the time of sunset. With the times of the five daily prayers, the Iftar time is fixed according to a precise calendar which differs from time to time. re of a city à the other.

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Iftar therefore allows Muslims who respect Ramadan to have their meal, which is also associated with Ramadan. &agrav; the so-called “Maghreb” prayer. Like the suhûr, "dawn meal" (not to be confused with sunrise), iftar is a traditional meal governed by ancestral customs. This meal must therefore remain light, unlike the meal taken in the morning before starting to eat. fast again. It’s a dinner that marks the end of a day of physical and mental ascent.

During the month of Ramadan this year, iftar will take place around 7:00 p.m. in early March and will be postponed until later. up to 'à near 8:40 p.m. (Paris time), & the end of Ramadan, the time change artificially extending the evening at the end of Ramadan. starting from the last weekend of March.

The breaking time of fasting, or “iftar”, will also move from one day to another. ; two minutes every day, depending on sunset. The reason: days that get longer and longer. as the summer solstice approaches, postponing nightfall. This key moment Ramadan is also different from one city to another. the other. From Lille à Marseille via Paris, Lyon, or even Toulouse, times can vary by several minutes.

Iftar times Tuesday March 12, 2024:

  • Paris: 18:55
  • Marseille: 18:45
  • Lyon: 18:46
  • Toulouse: 19:00
  • Nice: 18:37
  • Nantes: 19:11
  • Montpellier: 18:50
  • Strasbourg: 18:33
  • Bordeaux: 19:08
  • Lille: 18:51

Iftar is generally "composedé of fruits and sweet derivatives, as well as vegetable fats, which quickly calm hunger and fatigue of the day&quot ;, writes the specialist blogger Al-Kanz on its website. A few dozen grams of chocolate or half a bowl of almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts, can be followed by two fresh or cooked fruits, compote or more dried fruits.

During iftar, the drink, above all, must be served à as desired, without sugar or milk. The objective: to rehydrate and eliminate the toxins of the day.

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Corollary to iftar, imsak intervenes for its part & the end of the night, when the resumption of fasting approaches. This term, which can be literally translated as “abstain”, designates a period during which it is necessary to prepare for the problem. eac;pare à fast, before suhûr, the dawn meal. This is a sort of safety margin. during which you can still, for a few minutes, eat and drink, before stopping for the day. 

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116