Ramadan Moubarak 2024

A Journey Through the Sacred Month of Ramadan 2024

"Ramadan is not just about fasting. We need to feed the hungry, help the needy, guard our tongue, not judge others and forgive. That is the spirit of Ramadan."

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, observed by millions of Muslims around the world. Lasting for 29 or 30 days, it is a period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community for believers. This sacred month holds immense significance as it commemorates the time when the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

The focal point of Ramadan is fasting, known as “Sawm,” which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn to sunset, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking, and other physical needs. The fast is not only a demonstration of self-discipline but also a means of developing empathy for those who are less fortunate and a way to purify the soul.

Apart from fasting, Ramadan is a time of increased devotion and spiritual reflection. Muslims engage in additional prayers, known as “Tarawih,” held at night, and seek a deeper connection with Allah. The nightly recitation of the Quran during these prayers serves as a reminder of the divine guidance bestowed upon humanity.

Community plays a vital role during Ramadan. Families and friends come together to break their fast at iftar, the evening meal. Mosques become vibrant hubs of activity, hosting special nightly prayers and fostering a sense of unity among worshippers. Acts of charity and kindness are also emphasized during this month, as Muslims are encouraged to give to the less fortunate through “Zakat” (charitable donations) and engage in acts of kindness.

The culmination of Ramadan is marked by the joyous celebration of Eid al-Fitr, a festival that includes communal prayers, feasting, and the exchange of gifts. Ramadan, with its focus on self-discipline, spiritual growth, and community, serves as a time of renewal and a source of inspiration for Muslims worldwide.

Here is the recipe of the traditional Harira soup which is the soup we usually drink at the “Ftor” when we break the fast. 

Moroccan Harira soup is a traditional dish often enjoyed during Ramadan to break the fast. It’s a hearty and nutritious soup filled with a variety of flavors. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of saffron threads (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup vermicelli or broken angel hair pasta
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 300gr of lamb or beef (optional)

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until softened.

2. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, cilantro, parsley, and celery. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender.

3. Drain the soaked chickpeas and add them to the pot along with the lentils. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients, usually around 8-10 cups.

4. Add the ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, saffron (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.

5. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the chickpeas are tender.

6. About 15 minutes before serving, add the vermicelli or broken angel hair pasta to the pot. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

7. Adjust the seasoning if needed and squeeze in the lemon juice just before serving.

Harira soup is often served with dates and traditional Moroccan chebakia

Enjoy this flavorful and comforting dish!

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