Ramadan which begins on 6th May, fasting through Hot, Humid, Sweat, drenching, oppressive temperature, Ramzan falling in the peak of summer, this year.
Muslims were commanded to fast during Ramadan more than 1,400 years ago, the ancient Greeks recommended fasting to heal the body,
The Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan in favour of a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong).According to the Quran, fasting was also obligatory for prior nations, and is a way to attain taqwa, fear of God. And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month.Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.
It involve abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking untill sunset for an entire month.
Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.
Also during the day, participants in Ramadan should avoid sinful act and speech.
Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
- So Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God, and a way to become more compassionate to those in need.
- Fasting is also seen as a way to learn patience and break bad habits.
- Throughout this month, we all have an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been given and to work toward greater fellowship with one another. Together, in the spirit of Ramadan, we can achieve a more harmonious and respectful society.
How long is Ramadan?
Between 29 to 30 days depending on when the new moon is sighted. If the moon is not seen on the night of the 29th day, then Ramadan lasts for the full 30 days.
During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called sehri, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar including sharing food and inviting guests over for iftar.
It is common for mosques to host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.
Charity is also important in Islam even more so during Ramadan.
What to eat and drink during Ramadan?
Iftar : when first breaking the fast go for plenty of fluids, low fat, fluid-rich foods and foods containing some natural sugars for energy. Below are some examples:
Drinks : Plain water, milk, fruit juices or soup. Drinks based on milk and fruit provide some natural sugars and nutrients – these are also good to break the fast but avoid drinking a lot of drinks with added sugars.
Dates : traditionally eaten to break the fast since the time of the Prophet Muhammad, dates are a great way to break the fast as they provide natural sugars for energy, fibre and nutrients.
Fruit : a traditional way to break the fast in South Asian cultures, fruit provides natural sugars for energy, fluid and some vitamins and minerals.
Soup :Traditional soups are based on a meat broth and often contain pulses, like lentils and beans, and starchy foods like pasta or grains, providing nutrients and energy.
After a long fast it’s natural way to keep yourself hydrate and heealthy but try to keep less amount of fatty and sugary foods and sugary drinks. Remember that you only have a relatively short time each day to eat and drink so the quality of your diet must be healthy especially during Ramadan.
When does Ramadan end?
This year, Monday, June 3, will be the 29th day of Ramadan for most Muslim nations. The Eid moon will be look out that evening, if it is sighted, the first day of Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Tuesday, June 4.
Otherwise, Ramadan fasting will carry on for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5.