“Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”


As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, Muslims worldwide prepare to embark on a journey of spiritual reflection, fasting, and community connection. Central to the essence of Ramadan is the act of sharing, not only in the form of food but also in the spirit of compassion and generosity. One profound lesson that resonates through the teachings of Islam is the importance of considering others before oneself, especially when it comes to something as basic as sharing a meal.

In the life of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), we find a beautiful example of this ethos. He exemplified the principle of never eating without considering others first. It is narrated that Prophet Abraham would always seek to share his food with someone before partaking in it himself. This simple yet profound habit speaks volumes about the essence of compassion and community at Islam’s heart. (1)

The teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) further reinforce the importance of selflessness and communal dining. He always ensured that others were served before him, passing the dish around in a circle until it returned to him. This humble yet deeply meaningful gesture exemplifies the humility and consideration that should accompany every meal shared with others. (2)

As we gather to break our fasts during Ramadan, let us reflect on the teachings of Prophet Abraham and Prophet Muhammad. Let us remember that the act of sharing a meal is not merely a matter of convenience but a sacred opportunity to foster bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. Whether inviting neighbors, friends, or strangers to share in our iftar (the meal to break the fast), let us embody the spirit of generosity and hospitality that defines Ramadan.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it can be easy to overlook the simple act of sharing a meal with others. However, in the blessed month of Ramadan, let us consciously follow in our beloved Prophets’ footsteps and prioritize others’ needs before our own. Whether it be through volunteering at local soup kitchens, organizing community iftars, or simply inviting a neighbor over for a meal, let us strive to embody the timeless wisdom of Prophet Abraham: “Never eat without considering others first.”

As Muslims embark on this sacred journey of fasting and spiritual renewal, may we find solace in the company of one another, and may our acts of kindness and compassion illuminate the path toward a more united and harmonious world.

(1) Inspired by the interpretations and commentaries from the Hadith tradition on Surah Adh-Dhariyat-24-27: Zemahşerî(Zamakhshari), IV, 30; Râzî, XXVIII, 213-214.

(2) Inspired by the interpretations and commentaries from the Hadith tradition:

Sahih al-Bukhari: Bedü’l-Vahy 1; Nikâh 80; Edeb 31, 85; Cihad 176-177; Îmân 6, 20; Et’ime 195.

Muslim: Îmân 63, 252.

Tirmizi: 4/652 (2485).

Ibn-i Mâce: Et’ime, 1/423 (1334).

Dârimî: Salât, 156.

Beyhaki: 3087-, 3090-.

Taberânî: Evsat.