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Ramadan General Tips

One of the greatest months for Muslims is the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset, and they approach God by worshiping, reading Qur'aan and du'aa. Besides the spiritual and psychological benefits of this holy month, fasting Ramadan has great health and social benefits. If Ramadan comes in hot summery months, it is necessary to increase fluids intake and to pay attention to the quality of food to maintain proper health and enjoy the worship of fasting.

Here are some tips for receiving the holy month and maintaining a healthy fasting:

  • If you have a specific health condition, it is advisable that you consult your doctor before you fast.
  • Even if you are generally healthy, you should pay attention. Be sure to prepare your meals and arrange them in advance to ensure you get the right amount of fluids, nutrition and the rest you need.
  • During the hottest days, stay in cool places (inside a building or under shade) and try to minimize physical activity and rest if possible.
  • Suhoor is the most important meal in the month of Ramadan. Having it directly before dawn ensures you wake up for the Fajr prayer on time, and helps to fuel your body with energy while fasting.
  • Avoid overeating when breaking the fast at sunset. Follow the Sunnah: break your fast with dates and either milk, water, or fruit juice. Focus on foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables.
  • Serve yourself, your family and guests a dessert of fresh fruit and nuts. These are healthier options than chocolates and sweets.
  • Sip water throughout the evening to fully rehydrate your body – aim for eight glasses by bedtime.
  • Light exercise, such as walking for 15-20 minutes, is best done in the cooler evening hours. If you feel lightheaded stop exercising immediately.
  • Seize the opportunity and quit smoking as Ramadan is a good chance to make such a decision.
  • Speak to your doctor about taking a multivitamin supplement, especially if you are young, pregnant or elderly.
  • Look for Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan and sincerely repent and pray.
  • Participate in the voluntary and charitable activities as the reward of good deeds is multiplied in Ramadan.

And finally, do not stop worshiping your creator at the end of Ramadan, let it be the beginning to other stations of worship and good deeds, as well as the first step to maintain a healthy lifestyle.