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Iftar under the stars

First suggested by Muslim Scout Fellowship
Learn about Ramadan and celebrate Iftar with activities, recipes, and crafts.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • See instructions for each activity base

Before you begin

  • Plan whether you’ll visit a local mosque or invite guests to join you at your meeting place. It’ll probably depend what your local options are – many mosques have open days (or evenings!) or offer meals to the community during Ramadan.
  • You could get in touch with the Muslim Scout Fellowship (MSF) and see if there are any nearby Scout groups you could link up with. MSF run a range of events over Ramadan, so see what’s happening near you.
  • Make sure the details (including when and where you’ll meet and how you’ll travel) are clearly communicated with parents and carers and get all of the consent you need. You may need to change your meeting time a little to celebrate at sunset.
  • We’ve added a basic event outline and a few activity ideas below to get you started – these will probably be most helpful if you’re holding your own event and inviting guests. If you’re visiting someone else’s event, they’ll probably have all the planning covered.

 

Organise the evening

  1. Everyone should gather together and the person leading the activity should let them know a rough schedule for the event.
  1. The people hosting the Iftar should give everyone a brief introduction to the festival and Islam. This is a great chance to chat about beliefs and values, especially if some people aren’t familiar with Islam.
  1. Everyone should get stuck in with all of the activities on offer.
  1. Everyone should come back together as a group to ask any questions and share what they’ve learned.
  2. Everyone should make the most of the opportunity to share food together – Iftar is all about coming together to break the fast.

You will need

  • Blender
  • Glasses
  • 200ml milk
  • One tablespoon honey
  • One tablespoon peanut butter
  • One banana
  • Three dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ice (optional)

You will need

  • Deep pan
  • Hob
  • Knives
  • Chopping boards
  • Bowls
  • Graters
  • Wooden spoons
  • Plates
  • Slotted spoon
  • Plates
  • Kitchen roll

Ingredients

  • Two onions
  • One tablespoon fresh coriander
  • One green chilli
  • Half an inch of ginger
  • One teaspoon each of salt, turmeric, garam masala and cumin
  • Four tablespoons gram or chickpea flour
  • Water
  • Oil (sunflower or other cooking oil)
  • Fresh coriander leaves (optional)
  • Two potatoes (optional)
  • One carrot (optional)
  • Spinach (optional)

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Compass (or a bowl or glass to draw around)
  • Ruler
  • Pens or pencils
  • White card
  • Coloured string (at least three colours)

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Pens or pencils
  • Rulers
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • String (optional)

Reflection

This activity gave everyone the chance to celebrate with others in their local community. Was this anyone’s first time taking part in a faith festival or event? What did people expect Iftar to be like? Was it like they expected? Did people learn anything new or unexpected about other people’s faiths and beliefs?

This activity was also a chance to think about being a local, national, and international citizen. Did people come together with others in their community? How did it feel to share things like food with others? Were there similarities between people’s own values and attitudes and the values and attitudes of others? Part of being a global citizen is learning about different cultures and beliefs and identifying the things people have in common.

Safety

Cooking

Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.