Ramadan: Introduction (01:17)
Islam is the second largest religion in the world; fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. This episode explores aspects of the holy month and traditional foods.
Islamic Foundation (03:56)
Approximately 1.6 billion people observe the holy month of fasting. Experts discuss the introduction of Ramadan, teachings of Muhammad, and the Hijra.
Iftar Meal (05:23)
Muslim families, communities, and strangers around the world break their 18 hour fast; food consumption begins after the call to prayer. Dates are a Middle Eastern staple.
Duties of Faith (03:36)
The East London Mosque offers Iftar to the local community. Muslims believe they have a duty to serve the less fortunate. Practitioners in India, Turkey, and England discuss the meaning of Ramadan.
Iftar Dishes Around the World (07:01)
Learn about traditional communal Ramadan foods in India and Jordan. In London, Mehreen Baig learns how to make Harira.
Suhoor Dishes Around the World (08:41)
The Ramadan breakfast must be consumed before the break of dawn. Bobby Chin samples ful madames and Ian Wright samples leblebi. Baig and her family prepare aloo ki bhujia, a Pakistani omelet, and burratas.
Spiritual Self-Sacrifice (04:46)
The Islamic lunar calendar governs Ramadan. Experts reflect on the benefits and purpose of fasting. Prayer is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Third Pillar of Islam (04:32)
Charity is an important religious aspect and integral to Ramadan. Rasheed Ali trains for a 4,000-mile bike ride to Mecca; this year's cause is to raise money for orphaned Bangladeshi children.
Sweets for Eid (07:27)
Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with special treats. See examples of favorite sweets in the Middle East. Baig and Lina Saad prepare ma'amoul.
Eid al-Fitr (04:15)
Muslims celebrate the last night of Ramadan; Eid traditionally lasts three days. Baig attends the London Eid Festival and reflects on Ramadan lessons.
Credits: Ramadan (00:41)
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