Ramadan Kareem

 

Ramadan is around the corner to remind us of our shared responsibility towards instilling peace, love and faith in the world and make it a better place.This is the time of the year when we ardently begin our day with a heart filled with gratitude and immense excitement for the pre-dawn meal, Suhoor. We spend our days in utter humility and devotion seeking nearness to Allah. Divinity and passion inundate the atmosphere as we indulge ourselves in the art of self-control these holiest thirty days of the year. We indulge ourselves in Zakat al-Fitr, a charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting.

Amidst all the excitement we tend to undermine the importance of preparing for the entire month of Ramadan. It's not easy for us to suddenly prepare for the intense fasting that our bodies are subjected to during this period. Preparing for it well in advance makes the transition smoother. Here are some easy tips for you to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan. 

 

Cut down portions

 

 

 

Eating smaller quantities will subsequently decrease your appetite. Splurging on food before Ramadan will only make it difficult for you during the fasting period. Make sure you take smaller quantities so as to regulate your appetite. Many health problems are likely to erupt from an inappropriate diet, overeating and insufficient sleep.

 

Earlier the better

 

 

It is important to get into the habit of early breakfast for your body to get used to waking up early for Suhoor. Suhoor should be a hearty, healthy meal to provide needed energy throughout a day of fasting. Try including more of fibrous foods like oatmeal, lentils and beans. Quinoa and nuts make a wholesome combination that can be added to your list of food items Suhoor.

 

Keep yourself hydrated

 

 

The fast makes it difficult for you to comply with the recommended amount of water intake. You are very likely to drink only small amounts of water at Iftar and then forget until the next day! You need to be mindful of the fact that dehydration could cause undesirable side effects to your body like constipation, headache, dizziness, tiredness and dry skin. Try aiming for at least ten glasses a day, 2 glasses at iftar, 2 after Maghrib, 2 cups after Taraweeh before bed and finally 2 cups at suhoor. Food rich in fibre and water stay in the intestine for long and reduce thirst.

 

 
Get an overall medical check done
 
 
 
As the famous adage goes-Health is wealth! Before you set on fasting for this holy month of Ramadan, do make sure you are medically fit to sustain the intensity of the fasting. Islam offers an exemption to the sick from observing their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. If you aren't fit enough you can always skip your fast and compensate for it on other days. Getting into the practice of some light exercise daily also goes a long way in ensuring your well-being during the period of fasting.
 

Get ahead of your work

 

 

Your efficiency is very likely to suffer because of the weakened body. If your job is demanding then this is the best time to get ahead of work, so that you don’t find yourself hungry and drowning at your job.

Our good deeds bring us closer to the divine power in this month as compared to any other time of the year since this month has been blessed by Allah. Let us all try to surrender all our negative behaviours this Ramadan and swear on becoming better humans by perusing the Qur'an.

 
 

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