Before visiting any fast food outlet or restaurant, either for Suhoor or Iftar, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my purpose of visiting? Am I going because of an important family occasion or is it simply a mixed gathering of my classmates that can easily be avoided?
- Will the venue comply with the sanctity of Ramadan? Will it be free of music, for instance? Will it ensure that the Dua for breaking the fast is recited, either over the speakers or through the television?
- What is the cost per head? It is Ramadan and each good deed will have multiple rewards. Do I think that this money could be given to a deserving individual or organization?
- Is the Iftar menu simple? Or does it contain twenty plus dishes, which will make me indulge, eat too much, delay my Maghrib prayers and make me too lethargic to perform the Taraweeh prayers properly?
- After having eaten out, will I remember that this is Ramadan and the whole point is to rise above food, instead of feasting at the end of the day?
- Ramadan is the time to train the soul. Will this feast fulfill the essential purpose of this month or further deteriorate the state of your soul?
- How many examples of lavish feasts have been cited from the life of our Prophet (sa) and his companions during the month of fasting?
Compiled by Umm Ibrahim and Umm Amal