Ramadan – breaking the fast
August 26th, 2010
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iReporter AMERICANSOLE captured sumptuous snapshots of a family's feast to break their fast during the month of Ramadan. From dawn to dusk during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex in order to purify themselves, learn humility, pray and concentrate on Allah's teachings.

At sunset, the family will gather to end the fast with Iftar - a communal meal that often starts with the consumption of a date, as the Prophet Muhammad was believed to have done. Dishes vary according to regional and familial traditions and tastes; AMERICANSOLE's family partook of maftool, fried kiba, goat meat, baked chicken and more.

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  1. kidney problem

    Respect to op , some great entropy.

    May 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    In all religions we have traditions, and they should be respected. I cannot believe the hatred displayed here.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:32 am |
  3. mark cader

    the truth will prevail.all muslims are christians but not another way round.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  4. Tabotess

    Truly , Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) taught us to continue learning for the lifetime . He even encouraged Muslims during his lifetime to go as far as China(documented) TO SEEK FOR KNOWLEDGE, China was and still a pagan Country today. If Islam/ Mohammed(PBUH) Teachings were oppressive, racial and no respecter of other peoples' religion no matter how stupid he couldn't had directed his followers to China which has been a great land of innovation and sound minds and today, China is poised to be the world's largest economy. who says Mohammed(PBUH ) was/is not a Prophet. This is a food for for thought. Pls get a copy of the English Quran or visit Google, its a free world but let Muslims be as conservative as they can afford. the originality of the Quran can not be compromised . The reason why God Almighty in His infinite wisdom chose a stark illiterate (Great Mohammed ) to deliver the never edited 6666 verses of the Quran which is still intact. Get a copy and read it freely. Nothing to hide. Peace to the whole universe thro' Mohammed (PBUH).

    September 6, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  5. Dutch

    As an objective observer it is obvious that Momo is not very bright.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Nua

    To Momo- Oh so by your own admission Hitler "used" catholicism. Well I guess that settles it then, Catholics and all Christians basically paved the way and supported him. What a buffoon you are. I wish for just one moment you could be someone that knows you. Then you'd know what a drag it is to see you coming.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  7. Soo

    Binge, fast, binge.
    What a sacrifice.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  8. YesBaby

    After breaking bones, necks and peace! :)

    August 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  9. DDSilks

    Let's face it. There are good and bad in every religion and race. But I always go back to the 'cherry" analysis–if you are hungry and there is a bowl of cherries in front of you, and you know for certain that two of the cherries were laced with cyanide, would you eat ANY of them? No. So why trust any Muslims after what some of them did and what some of them are threatening to do to us? They should go back to their own land and do whatever they want to their own people, and God bless them!

    August 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  10. Joey A

    Wow, interesting story here – Wonder how soon CNN will run a story on Christian feast or holidays – OMG! I'm sorry! Did I use the word "Christian" – I meant "Other Religious Persons besides Muslims"... We wouldn't want to offend all those righteous Muslims out there – Like the couple CNN is reporting "NAILED" their maid.... Geez, we are such a country of Morons and deserve every bit of petty politicians and media diva's that we get.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
    • JH

      Uh, it's Ramadan dude, so maybe like when Christmas is here there will be a blog on Christmas food. Don't tell me you've never seen fruitcake during the Christmas holiday on a food blog. What about candy canes? Really, give it a rest!

      August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  11. Nua

    To All Bloggers- Not all Muslims are crazy fanatics let's get that straight. However, the fanatical extremist Islamacists are not doing anything that isn't justified in the Quran. It's all there to read, their book not only allows extremist behaviour it calls for it. You will not find anything in Christianity (the New testament) that EVER does that, even though there are fanatical Christians. However those that are are acting outside of Christ's teachings. Fanatical muslims are not acting outside of their prophets teachings. That's the big difference.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:50 am |
    • JH

      Maybe you should read the Qur'an in context rather than just reading surrah that is disconnected from other surrah. The Qur'an only allows Muslims to defend themselves if they or their faith is attacked, it does not allow for offensive attacks. Just to know, Al Queda and its ilk are not Muslim organizations, they are militant organizations whose members happen to be Muslim.

      Islam was not spread by the sword–it actually took several centuries to spread and it was mainly through assimilation by other cultures. A key part of the Qur'an is that you cannot compel another to convert to Islam, not by the sword, not even by blackmail or threats. The Prophet believed and taught that the only way a person should come to Islam is by their own free will–this is actually in the Qur'an.

      It would be really great if some of the people posting here on a food blog would actually read the Qur'an completely, also with a guide because you miss a lot of the context and the linguistic significance of the Qur'an without a good guide book. Such a small percentage of the Qur'an deals with violence (and this is in a context) compared to the overall emphasis on God's compassion and forgiveness. Too bad so many people don't really have a clue.

      August 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  12. Drake

    To Afghan Guy- I am not a Republican or a redneck, I am an educated democrat. Now that that is cleared up here is what I have to say to you. The majority of this country is fed up with and wise to Muslims and Islam. A reckoning is coming, take that to the bank. For too long know we have witnessed true Islam and what it offers. Very few are bigots but we know evil when we see it. And if you think our numbers are "a few hundred thousands' you're delusional. No depression here, just resolve. Deal with that.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  13. Pacoatemiami

    I'm living in Bahrain and most of the country seems to become nocturnal during Ramadan. Kids running around the neighborhood playing at midnight. That's fine, but it seems to defeat the point of fasting during daylight hours if all you do is sleep.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  14. Mike

    To all Moslims – Muhammad was a con man and he is not a Prophet. So, go to your mosques and bend over to your Allah and pray someone screws you from behind.

    August 27, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  15. gojo

    Lets see, learn about Islam, well, on 9/11 I learned all I wanted to learn about Islam. If we keep pandering to the Muslims they will have us all eating and looking like they do. Do you freedom lovers out there like that idea?

    August 27, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  16. jpeay

    The bottome line here is that our Muslim brothers need our prayers and support. The only way they will leave Islam and accept Christ is if we show them love and the truth. Without that, they will continue to be lost in darkness, praying five times a day to a god who doesn't hear, fasting to a god that cannot answer and following a god who cannot save.

    May the Gospel be preached, may the Holy Spirit work and may God be glorified. Amen.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  17. Ringo

    the food looks okay, but this is an ireport , so they can't afford a food stylist which would really make it look excellent ( as they do for most food magazines and cookbooks).
    Innocent question: can the iftar meal ever be vegetarian?
    Persian cuisine is said to be quite excellent ...

    August 27, 2010 at 5:09 am |
    • JackThe

      Yes, it can absolutely be all vegetarian. Not at my place though. We're a bunch of meat-eating carnivores. But it would be a healthy iftaar I'd guess. No restrictions against it in any way shape or form. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would open his fast with a date and drink sometimes and that would be it.

      August 27, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  18. Afghan guy

    Unbeliveable how brainwashed the few rednecks here are. They can't live if they don't bash Muslims. I bet you have nothing in your life. I would do the same if I had nothing in my life. Depression is a form of disease, and hate is a form of depression. You REpublican scum all have a disease. While you continue to hate, your numbers continue to decline. you make up only a few hundred thousand. The rest are all peaceful people and love each other. Sucks to be you.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:03 am |
  19. Derrick

    To Momo- Nazism was not "developed through catholicism" What an incredibly ignoraant statement. Nazism came about through the vision of a megalomaniac and the seeds for it were sewn as a result of WW1 and the ruin that Germany suffered as a result. Hitler's hatred of Jews had nothing to do with Christ. Hitler was born a Christian but never practiced it and was an atheist. Go read some books dear.

    August 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
    • momo

      Hitlers own personal beliefs may may have have nothing to do with Christ but he used Catholicism to fuel anti semitism among his followers. An excerpt from Mien Kampf: (Hitler discusses Jews): "His life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new doctrine". You can argue that all you want but facts are facts. Looks like I'm not the one who needs to catch up on my reading.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  20. Forrest

    Momo no know

    August 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  21. Jim

    And Momo also has poor grammar

    August 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  22. Fallon.

    Momo is factually incorrect about what she said about Nazism. Ignorant of facts and history. The food does look good though

    August 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  23. Daisy

    By reading all of these hate comments, i can see that you guys blindly trust what the media states about islam and muslims. You all need to be a little smart and just do your own research on the religion before you make your own judgments. That is what a Smart American Citizen would do.

    Btw the food looks amazing

    August 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  24. julie

    I feel badly for the school age children/teens who can not eat during their long school day. My daughter has such a high metabolism like other kids her age that she would probable pass out not eating all day!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
    • Peaceful

      Seems to me all the hate is coming from suburban white male teenagers, and all the support is coming from females. After all, women are the ones that will eventually bring peace. The food looks tasty.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:05 am |
    • JH

      It may sound crazy but I thought that I couldn't fast with my husband too, because of my major high metabolism, but I've managed it just fine. The first two days are no fun, but after this amount of time you get use to it and you really start not even thinking about food, which is a strange concept for Americans. Also, the Iftar meal at the end of the day is well worth the wait, so many salads and dishes to choose from, and don't forget the desserts, yum!!!

      August 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  25. momo

    racism and bigotry in a food blog.. how stupid.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  26. chakto


    August 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Linda

    The food looks incredible.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Dolly

    Lisa- Muslim hatred? No, just wary reality. And before you use a Nazi label you should compare radical Islam to the Nazis. A lot in common actually. Those sounding the alarm about these vermin are not using ovens and are not killing anyone. Go study history and don't be so ignorant. Diversity is beautiful, too bad there is no room for it within Islam. Simpleton

    August 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
    • momo

      youre a first class idiot... jeez.. you say Radical islam is like Nazism? you do realize that the NAzi Ideology was developed through catholicism right? i.e. Hitler believed the anihilation of the jews is what jesus intended... and then you say theres not room for diversity in Islam thereby directly relating every normal muslim to Radicalism. Shut your pie hole.. stupid bitch.

      August 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
      • Lisa

        lol I know Momo. My comment back was directed at her too. Sorry for the confusion!

        August 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
    • Lisa

      You are the simpleton. You are lumping everybody that practices a religion in with extremists. You might want to check into the awful things Christians have done throughout history before you go painting yourself as on the side of angels. And before you ask, I am a Christian. I am just not into blind hatred and bigotry.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:40 am |
      • momo

        My comment was directed at Dolly, not at you (lisa).

        August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
      • Lisa

        oops posted the above comment in the wrong spot. I know you were talking to her Momo. No worries. My post was to her too! I think your comment was great!

        August 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  29. Smitty

    To Seriously- Paul has some excellent points and is entitled to his opinion. He was simply refuting the unprovoked redneck label. And given your ridiculous post, it is obvious that there is an awful lot that you don't know. Get real and wise up

    August 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  30. chrishegarty

    I'm a student at a university with a very large Muslim population, and let me tell you, going out for traditional Ramadan cuisine with my Muslim friends after sundown is such a nice way to end the day. Maftoul is one of my favorites; it's a bit like couscous (it's technically a type of couscous) but it's larger and darker. That being said, baba ghanouj is my favorite middle-eastern food. It's really easy to make and it goes really quickly at parties where people get tired of chips and dip. Goat is also surprisingly good; the first time I had it I thought I would hate it, but it's just so tasty.

    Sidebar: I fail to understand why people have the urge to pick on Muslims on a food blog.

    August 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  31. Lisa

    hmmm all this Muslim hatred reminds me of something...what is it...I can't quite recall...oh yeah...I know now.....NAZI GERMANY!!! Get over your hatred people, diversity is beautiful.

    August 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  32. jim bob

    i could feed them some hot lead.

    August 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  33. Paul

    Hey Paul Gault- Your first sentence makes no sense whatsoever, are you educated or do you just not think when you write something? Redneck? Don't think so I have a masters degree and am a professional in an industry that you'd never get admitted to. Finally, the instrument that could possibly measure my indifference to any opinion of yours has yet to be invented so go give yourself a brain enema.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
    • Seriously?

      I didn't know they gave masters degrees in Internet Tough Guy. Well done!

      August 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Bang a Gong-We have a winner response.Eggsellent!

        August 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
    • Paul's Psychiatrist

      Paul, you are off your meds again. I suggest you spend today relaxing at home, make sure to consume lots of dairy when you take your medication.

      August 27, 2010 at 10:41 am |
    • dawntredrr

      Your master's degree obviously isn't in English: you still write in run-on sentences.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • muhammad

      I think the more muslims fast ,they develop more hatred.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  34. Paul

    Food looks great, need that energy for jihad and other activities associated with this cult. What a bunch of politically correct garbage this article is. CNN- Certainly Not Newsworthy

    August 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Paul Gault

      And you you're reading in, you redneck. Were you THAT desperate to rant about something that you're trolling news sites you don't even like?

      August 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • momo

      yea.. real tough talk on a blog moron. Tryna make up for something youre lacking? moron. really, how does it feel to be a moron?

      August 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Billy Joe Jim Bob

    ^ re-read the article.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  36. Gastronome

    "From dusk to dawn"???? Don't you mean "from dawn to dusk"? Great difference there!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  37. Frank

    Are they allowed to build IEDs at night?

    August 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
    • Guest

      "EID" in Arabic just means Holiday

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      LOL – insensitive, but LOL

      August 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • GotLost

      Frank, why do you think that all 1.5 billion muslims are terrorists?

      August 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
    • momo

      no but were allowed to screw your mom at night.

      August 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
      • Sarah

        I would *never* have said such a thing. But thank you SO much for doing so!

        August 27, 2010 at 12:00 am |
      • JackThe

        lol agree with Momo

        August 27, 2010 at 9:51 am |
      • ladydi

        your an idiot

        September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  38. Brian D

    The food looks absolutely amazing

    August 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  39. StevefromILL

    Everything mentioned above sounds pretty good to me – I like seeing what other cultures eat and sharing (some) of their foods – just like they share (some) of mine.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  40. Ule Neverknow

    "consumption of a date,..." Sign me up.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  41. StevefromILL

    Mohammed and Big Bob you had best go back to listening to Glenn and Rush – you are way too close to learning something about other cultures hear. Next thing you know you'll have a non-bigotted thought.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  42. Billy Joe Jim Bob

    Don't you worry none,Big Bob. Them Mooslims practicing their religion and traditions in their own homes is only an orange-level threat. Go back to your trailer park, citizen, there is nothing to see here...

    August 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
    • Joe Billy Bob Jim

      ain't chu' so right boy!

      aal i her' dese dayz is moozlimz moozlimz moozlimz...

      August 27, 2010 at 9:49 am |
    • muhammad


      September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
      • pak

        spread your $hit somewhere else.....................

        September 6, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  43. Big Bob

    Amazing how we pander to these people more and more.

    Collectively weak-kneed, we are.

    August 26, 2010 at 11:45 am |
    • momo

      Collectively Stupid you are

      August 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
    • JH

      Wow, so pandering means like ensuring everyone has equal rights in this country. If that is pandering then I guess I'm cool with it! 6-8 million Muslims in America out of 250+ million people total, it's not like Islam is taking over our way of life of something, it's just a minority of folks with a different faith, same God who wants to be left in peace to practice their faith and a more conservative way of life–although there are many very liberal Muslims as well, including feminist Muslims. America's Muslim population is a small, diverse group of people who speak many languages and are from many different countries. I support our Constitution and their freedom to worship and congregate as they please!
      Ramadan Kareem everyone!!

      August 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  44. Mohammed

    Actually, it wasn't a date, I got a number #10 from the infidel "McDonald's". With barbecue sauce. Found my wife in the playground area.

    August 26, 2010 at 11:11 am |
    • Nam J

      I am amazed by how bigotted your comments are. It shows how little respect you have for yourself, as well as other cultures. Stay classy.

      August 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
      • Mohammed

        You're right. I didn't go to McDonald's. The rest is true.

        August 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
      • Adam

        How dare you speak to the Muslim prophet is such a blasphemous manner!

        August 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
      • MikeyJ

        I'm in to Nuggets Ya'll....I'm in to Nuggets Ya'll....
        Ketch-up and Maaaayooo...Ketch-up and Maaaayooo...

        August 27, 2010 at 11:06 am |
      • muhammad


        September 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I love McNuggets. Once in a while. Praise Allah.

      August 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Wasn't it tough finding her with the full beard under the Burka? Just asking.

      August 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • momo

      stupid moron.

      August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
    • naseem

      Need some change ? I think muslims must break theair fasting with nice pork sausages and portk curry with nan bread.
      go mordern...

      September 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
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