Friday, 3 July 2015

Information About The Fasting Rules of Ramadan

The most basic tenant of the Ramadan fast is not eating or drinking (even water) between dawn and evening, according to local sunrise and sunset times. Ramadan 2015 will be 14 hours here in Nigeria and it will involve long fasts for American and other Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere. Near the Arctic Circle, for example, the fast will last around 22 hours. In Australia, in the Southern Hemisphere, the fast will last around 12 hours.

Ramadan fasting rules is one of the main pillars of Islam. It is obligatory upon every Muslim who is physically and mentally fit. Also, fast is obligatory for the people who have reached puberty and are not traveling during the time of fasting rules. Women must not fast during menstruation and during postpartum bleeding. It is also not obligatory for a pregnant lady to fast.    

Balanced diet

Those observing the fast should have at least two meals a day the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and a meal at dusk (Iftar).Dr Mahroof says your food intake should be simple and not differ too much from your normal diet. It should contain foods from all the major food groups. fruit and vegetables, bread, cereals and potatoes, meat, fish or alternatives, milk and dairy foods, foods containing fat and sugar,Complex carbohydrates are foods that help release energy slowly during the long hours of fasting rules.

Having Pre-Dawn Meal

This is very important to start the fast. If you fast without eating anything in sahur, your fast will not be valid. There are immense rewards and blessings in taking sahur. The best time for sahur is the last half hour before dawn or the time for Fajr prayer.

Wholesome foods

Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, should be a wholesome, moderate meal plan that is filling and provides enough energy for many hours.“Suhoor should be light and include slow digesting food like pitta bread, salad, cereal (especially oats) or toast, so that you have a constant release of energy,” Dr Mahroof says.“It’s important to have some fluids with vitamins, such as fruit juice or fruit. Some people have isotonic drinks (such as Lucozade) to replace any lost salts.”

Iftar Or Break-Fast

Break your fast (iftar) immediately after sunset. You must not delay your iftar. You can have iftar, when the disk of the sun goes below the horizon and disappears completely.

Eating Or Drinking

If you eat or drink accidentally or due to forgetfulness, it will not nullify your fast and you can continue fasting rules. However, intentional eating or drinking for any reason makes your fast invalid.

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