All You Need To Know About Ramadan Health Tips for Fasting Ramadan - Meru Indonesia

All You Need To Know About Ramadan Health Tips for Fasting Ramadan

Ramadan is a moment of great spiritual observance for Islamic followers. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It is the month adult Muslims fast from dawn till dusk and spends the nights in communal prayers known as Taraweeh’. Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan to commemorate Allah revealing the Quran.

Fasting Ramadan 2019

During this time, they do not eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset, while learning patience and humidity. Muslims unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection. The annual fast of Ramadan is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam and these pillars are the obligatory acts for all Muslims across all continents. Muslims throughout the world anticipate the arrival of the holiest month of Ramadan.

Ramadan commemorates the month in which Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

All observe the practice of sawm and this period of fasting is a dedication to God. Ramadan 2019 will be one of the most important events in Islamic culture. During Ramadan, those fasting will repent for their sins and pray to ask for forgiveness from God. The fasting has both spiritual significance and physical effects.

Ramadan fast is vigorous and there are special rules and requires physical fitness to participate in the fast. Muslims are encouraged to read and reflect on God's guidance. This fasting is called as sawm and no one except those who are exempt from fasting can eat or drink anything.

They must avoid non-religious activities and keep their mind pure from sunrise to sunset. Muslims complete four prayers throughout the day and at night, Qur'an was revealed, known as Laylat al-Qadr. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims along with fasting, participate in pious activities such as charitable giving. For them, Ramadan 2019 will be a time of intense spiritual renewal, reflection, and devotion to Allah. The evenings are spent engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, enjoying family meals and reading from Qur'an.

After Ramadan, those who have participated in praying, reading the Quran and fasting are supposed to be cleaned. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims observe a three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr.

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan carries a great amount of risk for both, mental and physical health. This is one strong reason that fasting during Ramadan is considered the toughest ritual among others followed in the Islamic community. With long days and the searing heat of the summer, devotees who fast need to take special precautions and care in order to make sure that they remain healthy throughout the holy month.

The average daily fasting period is up to 15 hours and with no doubt tests the inner strength and determination of the devotees. This is when people need to manage the conditions which include diet, sleep and exercise to make sure that the bodies do not suffer anything. Below are some important tips which people must consider and follow when fasting during Ramadan.
  • Devotees indulging in fasting must take care of the fact that they do not miss or skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal). During Ramadan, the morning breakfast is all the more important as it gives the individuals some energy to work throughout the day. No wonder, skipping Suhoor may also encourage overeating during the Iftar, which can cause unhealthy weight gain or other health-related issues.
  • Don't ever overeat during the Iftar (dinner). This is the time when one opens the fast and eating excess during this time may harm your body. Rather, Iftar should always be well-balanced and must contain nutritious meals and not a feast which many people often include. Overeating may result in indigestion or other stomach disorders.
  • One must avoid eating high-sugar content foods, fried foods, and salty foods as it is not recommended for the fasters to reward themselves with rich, greasy, fried and sugary dishes. These foods may give people some happiness for short-term however they turn difficult during the later part of the day. Rather, one should include more of fruits and vegetables, rice, and alternatives, as well fiber-rich fruit.
  • Water, which is also the basic necessity of life, must be taken in use as much as possible. People should drink maximum water so that the stomach remains filled and they do not feel hungry easily. Moreover, drinking water between Iftar (dinner) and Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) reduces the risk of dehydration during the fasting period.
  • It is best advised to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. Individuals are advised to stay in cool areas (indoors or in shade) and limit their physical activity. Taking proper rest during the fasting period is equally important as the other activities are.

In the coming month, millions of Muslims around the world will observe Ramadan, which falls during the ninth lunar cycle of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is significantly important for its religious virtues as it immortalizes the occasion when archangel Jibril revealed the first verses of the Quran to Prophet Mohammad.

It is expected from every Muslim who is past the age of puberty and medically and physically fit to observe fast. The fast commences at dawn after the Al-Fajr Morning Prayer and ends at dusk after the Al-Maghrib Sunset Prayer. Every day this ritual of fasting is carried on for the entire month of Ramadan.

People who are physically or mentally unfit, elderly, sick, travelers, children who have not attained puberty are not expected to fast. Instead, they are supposed to donate to charity or feed at least one poor person on every fasting day. Women who are going through their menstrual cycle are also excused from fasting but should resume fasting once it is over.

Fasting is vital during Ramadan as it is mentioned in the Quran as one of the five pillars of Islam when Prophet Mohammed migrated (Al-Hijra) from Mecca to Medina. Medically, fasting is very healthy as it detoxifies and fastens the healing & metabolism process. During Ramadan, Muslims spend time reading Quranic verses and giving money to charity. They try to be generous, humble and help the poor and needy. It is also the month, when they can self-discipline themselves through fasting.

During fasting hours, fasters should abstain from eating, drinking and engaging in sexual activities. They should avoid using foul language, hurl abuse or lie which is normally prohibited in the Quran. Across the UAE, free Iftar tents are set up where every faster can break their fast and no one has to stay hungry after dusk.

It is obligatory for every Muslim to donate money to a charity called Zakat Al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. This charity helps the deprived buy food, clothes, and other essentials so that even they can celebrate Eid.

Also unique during Ramadan 2019 will be families and friends getting together over Iftar and Suhour. Iftar is the meal consumed after breaking the fast at dusk while Suhour is consumed at dawn before starting the fast. In the month of Ramadan, special Taraweeh prayers are recited after the Isha Night Prayer.

Muslims celebrate Ramadan with great enthusiasm. Restaurants and hotels arrange for grand Iftar parties with an extensive buffet and live entertainment to break the fast in style.

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