This year, Ramadan will be celebrated in June and July, and to commemorate this occasion, we at Hajj and Umra Express would like to help our valued customers celebrate a healthy and holy Ramadan.
Here, we will explain to you the importance of a balanced diet while you are fasting and the importance of self reflection, self-discipline and devotion to Allah (SWT) during this holy period.
When you are fasting during Ramadan, you should ensure that you eat at least two meals a day – the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and the Iftar (meal at dusk). This year, Ramadan will run from 17th June to 18th July, where dawn will be between 4.40am and 5am and dusk will be between 9pm and 9.30pm.
Because Ramadan is in the height of summer, the fasting periods are going to be very long, and therefore you must ensure that you get as much nutrition as possible when you are able to eat and drink.
Your diet during these periods should not stray too far from your normal diet and portion sizes, as this can shock your system and cause you to feel unwell. Your Suhoor and Iftar should include foods from all of the major food groups in order for you to get as much nutrition as possible. These food groups include: fruit and vegetables, bread, cereals and potatoes, meat and fish (depending on your dietary requirements), milk and dairy foods and foods including fat and sugar.
Foods containing complex carbohydrates are particularly good for you to eat during Ramadan, as this will help your body to release energy slowly over the fasting hours. Fibre rich foods are also beneficial, as these are digested slowly and will promote better digestive health.
Self Reflection and Devotion to Allah (SWT)
The ultimate meaning behind the fast during Ramadan is to give you time for more self reflection, as well increasing your devotion to Allah (SWT) and your worship.
Fasting redirects your thoughts and feelings away from day-to-day activities, cleansing your soul and freeing yourself from harmful impurities. It also serves as a reminder of impoverishment in our world, reminding us of our privilege and making us appreciate not only the work of the Prophet, but also the situation that many of our fellow human beings are in.
Remember, fasting over Ramadan is intended to teach us self-control, self-discipline and sacrifice, and these thoughts should always be at the forefront of your mind as you observe the fast.
We hope you found this information helpful and that you have a healthy and holy Ramadan. Remember that observing your obligations as a Muslim is important, and therefore embarking on your Hajj is something you should prioritise. At Hajj and Umra Express, we can assist you with your pilgrimage with our Hajj tours, which can be designed to suit your needs and requirements. For more information, contact us on 08000 14 14 19.