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Understanding Ramadan

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This month is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, and as Muslims, we undertake a fast for 30 days which ends in mid-June.

Muslims around the world will, together, adhere to the 30-day period of fasting and abstinence.

The dates of Ramadan change each year with the coming of the new moon. Because of this, come countries observe the fast on different days, but in the UK, Ramadan 2018 began on 15 May and finished on 14 June.

Most people are aware of the fast, which means that practising Muslims are not allowed to eat between sunrise and sunset. This teaches ‘self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity’. It is common to have a meal just before dawn and another directly after sunset.

Young children, the sick, people with mental health illnesses and the elderly as well as those who are breastfeeding or pregnant, do not strictly have to fast. Fasting can affect people in different ways such as becoming irritable or tired.

The NHS publish tips for fasting on their website as some people have very responsible jobs and need to maintain a balanced diet.

So why is the month so significant?

Ramadan marks the month when Allah revealed the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam prescribed for all mature and healthy Muslims. It is seen as an act of worship, a way to become closer to Allah and more compassionate to those in need.

On the 27th day of Ramadan, Muslims mark the ‘Night of Power’ – Lailat al Qadr; the holiest night when many Muslims will spend the night praying, studying and reciting passages from the Koran.

To mark the end of fasting, a celebration called Eid ul-Fitr festival is held, starting with morning prayers and then a day of feasting with friends and family. As well as fasting, Muslims are asked to give away 2.5% of their wealth during the 30-day festival.

Many Muslims will celebrate Eid by wearing their best clothes and eating their first daylight meal in a month. They exchange gifts and decorate their homes, thanking Allah for giving them strength and self-control.

Double award in the Seahaven Business Awards 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The 15th Annual Seahaven Business Awards was another great evening for us at the Bengal Palace. Once again we had been overwhelmed with fantastic support for the Best Eatery and the Best Customer Service with over 250 testimonials from customers from Seaford and beyond.

We were very proud to take two prizes – both seconds – in such prestigious award categories of which the Best Customer Service was across all businesses not just Restaurants, pubs and eating establishments.

Our customers had given us amazing feedback ‘Wonderful business, great service, very friendly staff without being too overbearing. Very knowledgeable, good family establishment, always remember my favourite dish, customer service is second to none and best customer service by far in any restaurant/business in the area.’

The compliments about our food were ‘It is the best food in the East Sussex area. Cooked to perfection. Always new and interesting items on the menu plus good old favourites. Delicious food – very high quality. Consistently excellent food. I would recommend to anyone to come and eat here.’

This year Tanim and Afsa represented us, and they were joined by dozens of local businesses for the reception whose guests including the Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, The Vietnamese Ambassador, MPs from Lewes and Brighton, the Mayors from Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven and Chambers of Commerce Presidents from all three towns.

We were delighted to receive our certificates, and they are proudly displayed in the restaurant for all to see.

Tanim and Afsa pictured with the Best Customer Service Winners and the Best Eatery Winners.

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