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Fasting starts a little after dawn(sun rise)and ends at sun set.
We muslims refrain from eating,drinking,smoking and sexual intercourse in day time...this is like detoxing the body...
We break our fast by eating dates(following prophet Mohammad`s way)along with a yogurt drink....some people believe it must be an odd number of dates,,either 3,5 or 7.
After breaking the fast the whole family prays together for the sun set prayers(Maghrib)usually the father or the grandfather leads the pryaers(Imam).
Or in other familes,the father,breaks his fasting with some dates and Arabic coffee,then goes to the mosque to preform the Maghrib prayers,then comes back home to finish his meal....this way will gove the stomach a chance to expect more food,,rather than stuffing yorself at once.
On the breakfast table each city has it`s own prefferd cuisine.In Jiddah,for example,it has to be soup(whole grain),meat samosa(originally from India) and Foul Bean(pronounced fool)eaten with pita bread or Tameez bread,(which is originally came from Afganistan.)these are the musts,,then there is the main dish and deserts.
After couple of hours from sun set,it will be time for the evening prayers,followed by Traweeh prayers,this is preformed in most mosques....usually the Imam reads a chapter or more of the Holy Quran per day/night so he will finish reading the whole book in less than a month.
Reading whole of the Quran is called Khitmah in Arabic.
The second meal is taken any time before the sun rise of the next morning,and it`s called Sahoor(it`s called by this name because the word Sahar means the last 1/3 of the night).
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