Not Even Water? Yes it is Ramadan

Not Even Water? Yes it is Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan has arrived again, a very special and spiritual month in the Islamic calendar and for Muslims around the world. Here we cover some basic information and insights in to the month.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is a month of fasting, spirituality and family for Muslims. It is one of the key and most important period of the year for Muslims.

Muslims observe fasting from dawn to sunset, refraining from food and drink. The fast commences after an early morning meal called Suhoor and is broken in the evening with a meal called Iftar.

For Suhoor consider a balanced meal with complex carbohydrates like whole grains (e.g., oats, brown rice), protein sources (e.g., nuts, avocados), and plenty of water. These foods provide sustained energy throughout the day and keep you hydrated. Avoid excessive caffeine and sugary foods.

Iftar begins with the eating of dates and sipping water, following the tradition of Prophet Muhammed. The diversity of dishes during iftar reflects the multicultural nature of the Muslim world. From savoury samosas to sweet pastries, each culture brings its unique flavours to the iftar table. While indulging in delicious meals is part of the experience, a balanced and nutritious approach is encouraged including fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. This helps replenish energy levels after a day of fasting. Hydration is also key, with water, juices and hydrating foods playing a crucial role.

It is a month where quality time is spent with family, Muslims increase their generosity and charity and focus on to religious prayers.

The month ends with a big celebration, Eid - Ul - Fitr. A 3 day celebration of feasting, gifting and spending time with family. Look out for our blog sharing more about Eid.

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