Time passed very fast this year, my fourth day of the blessed month of Ramadan gone.
How is your Ramadan going? I hope it is going well.
Compare with last year’s Ramadan, this time, I am in a much relax mode and each blessing day goes great too.
I enjoy all kind of different types of prayers and dawn-to-dusk fasting (it is like a daily mini-marathon). All those activities make me feel great.
“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.” – Quran, Al-Baqara, 2:185
For some people, this Ramadan, fasting will be a more challenging task than previous one, because this year the holy month takes the place in the high summer – when the days are at their longest, so the fast takes more than 14 hours.
Because I want to benefit from it spiritually and nutritionally, so I have planned my time carefully and eating healthily, so far I followed my plan pretty well. Allhumdulliah.
I eat a light meal for suhoor, such as combination of oats, cereals, nuts, yogurt, milk, cheese, eggs and dates, each day eat different things, these food keep me full. I read that scrambled egg on toast is a good start to your fast as well.
Suhoor is important to me as it keeps me focused during the day.
As iftar time will be so late in the evening, I will break my fast on water and dates for a quick sugar fix. After the Maghrib prayer, I will combine soup, chicken or beef or fish with salad and pasta or rice. As fasting is supposed to be a cleansing process for your mind, body and soul, thus I try to have a balanced diet even though I don’t feel hungry – my body get use to the fast already.
In regarding to the fasting, on religion side, Muslims fast is to abstain from food, drink and marital relations from dawn until sunset, but we are also encouraged to increase in our worship in general and the recital of the Holy Quran. In accordance with the practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), charity is also encouraged in this month and many choose this time of the year to fulfill the need of Zakaat.
The real goal of fast is to inculcate in man the spirit of abstinence from sins and of cultivation of virtue. The Quran declares that the fasts have been prescribed with a view to developing piety in man. It teaches man RELIANCE on God and CONFIDENCE in HIM in facing the bitter situations in life with the comforting thought that these too, ordained by Him, could well be surmounted through His help alone, even as the rigorous state of fasting for a complete month.
Fast also enforces in man rigid DISCIPLINE ‑ mental, spiritual and physical ‑ a trait of character which forms an essential ingredient to success in human life and etc.
On the physical side, fasting cleanses the human system of the accumulated impurities of uninterrupted eating throughout the year. It prepares the body for toughness and hardihood to face disease or conditions of scarcity.
The rigid abstinence that the fast provides, regulates man’s HEALTH, sharpens has INTELLECT, gives spurt to his SPIRITUALLY and enhances the qualities of his HEART. With the cleansing of the human body, it paves the way for its easy and effective rebuilding through meals at the end of the day or after the month is over.
However, if you got sick during the Ramadan, here is what scholars advice:
“If fasting will cause harm to a person afflicted with a dietary disease such as diabetes, they are not required to fast. Instead, they should give food for a needy person for every fast they miss. The amount of food is a “Mudd” or approximately 600 grams of the dominant staple food of that land, i.e. rice, wheat, potatoes, etc. They are excused from fasting for as long as the relevant affliction endures.” – Imam Zaid Shakir