Advertisements

Ramadan Kareem!


Ramadan Kareem from my kitchen to yours

Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – keeping our heritage alive

Ramadan – a brief explanation

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar,  a religious annual observance and month of fasting that is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The time spent fasting is meant to be used for prayer, charity, spirituality, and for purifying the mind and body. The beginning and end of the month of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims fast from before sunrise to sunset.

Dates & Mint Tea

Dates & Mint Tea

Does Ramadan always start on the same day?

No. Because Ramadan is a lunar month, it begins about 10 days earlier each year. During a Muslim’s life, Ramadan will fall during winter months, when the days are short, and summer months, when the days are long.

Why is the month so significant?

Principally because it is the month that Allah revealed the Quran to the last Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

 

Who is exempt from fasting?

Those who are not required to fast during Ramadan are young children, (those who did not reach puberty) the sick or those with mental illnesses, travellers, the elderly and women who are menstruating, pregnant, breast-feeding or have recently had a baby.

 

The month of Ramadan contains the most blessed of nights – known as Laylatul Qadr – about which Allah, subhana wa t’ala, says:

‘What will make you realize what the Night of Power is like?

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Angels and the Spirit descend upon it with their Lord´s permission with every command;

There is peace that night until the coming of dawn.

(Quran: 97:1-5)

 

Traditions

Muslims break their at sunset with dates or water. Traditionally we, the Cape Malays, will have a starter consisting of soup, samosas, dhaltjies, fritters. More often than not after prayers we will have a main meal. During Ramadan plates of food are shared with neighbours. Little children can often be seen carrying plates of food to neighbours, etc… The best charity, the best Zakah, the best Sadaqah is in Ramadan. Feeding the poor and needy fasting people is highly recommended in Ramadan. The Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘Whoever feeds a fasting person, will get a reward like him.’ (Ahmad) He also said, ‘Protect yourself from the fire even by giving half of a date.’ (Agreed upon)

Watermark636009159462458018

 

The benefits of Dates

The Prophet (pbuh) used to break his fasts by eating some dates before offering Maghrib prayer. Modern science has proved that dates are part of a healthy diet. They contain sugar, fat and proteins, as well as important vitamins. Dates are also rich in natural fibres. They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. Dates and palms have been mentioned in the Holy Quran 20 times, thus showing their importance. The prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm saying, “Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. It’s leaves do not fall.”

Dates and Tea

The Five Pillars of Islam include Sawm: Fasting during Ramadan, Hajj: a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life, Zakat: giving to the poor, Salah: five-time daily prayer, facing Mecca, including absolution prior to prayer, Shahada: declaration of belief in one true God.

 

May you have a blessed spiritual uplifting month, ameen

Here’s the link to some of my favourite Ramadan treats.

 

 

Advertisements

About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights Facebook@www.facebook.com/capemalaycooking https://capemalaycooking.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/CapeMalayCooks www.youtube.com/capemalaycooking

Posted on 07/06/2016, in Ramadan Kareem and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. fbahmed786@gmail.com

    Ramadan Kareem to all of you. Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. From: Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa SmithSent: Tuesday 7 June 2016 18:31To: fbahmed786@gmail.comReply To: Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa SmithSubject: [New post] Ramadan Kareem!

    a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; }

    /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ WordPress.com

    Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights posted: “Ramadan Kareem from my kitchen to yours Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – keeping our heritage alive

    Ramadan – a brief explanation Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar,  a religious annual observance and month of fasting that is”

  2. Adams, Ferial

    Shukran dearest Aunty

    May Allah grant us the strength to full fill our deeds to the best of our ability Ameen.

    Shukran for always remembering me in your mails.

    All the best for the month Ameen.

    WSLMZ

    FERIAL ADAMS
    DEBTORS CLERK
    ESSENTIAL FOODS: BAKERIES

    [cid:image005.png@01D1C166.BAE30480]

    ferial.adams@pioneerfoods.co.za
    T: +27 23 348 5191 | F: 086 569 8398
    34 Traub Street ,Worcester, 6850 | PO Box 30 , Worcester, 6849, South Africa
    [cid:image006.png@01D1C166.BAE30480]
    http://www.pioneerfoods.co.za

    Web: https://www.pioneerfoods.co.za

    Disclaimer: http://www.pioneerfoods.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/E-mail-Legal-Disclaimer-2015.pdf

    Pioneer Foods subscribes to Tip-offs Anonymous, an anonymous and completely independent crime disclosure service
    Telephone hotline 0800 005 909, or e-mail pioneerfoods@tip-offs.com)
    Contact the Pioneer Foods Support Desk should you have any questions regarding this e-mail legal notice: 0800225359

    “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail or its attachment(s)”

  3. Wonderfully..the food looks yumm..happy month of ramadan..😊

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: