Fasting is a pillar of Islam, a prospect that comes around every year during the month of Ramadan. Every Muslim of the right age and is adequately healthy must fast in the month of Ramadan. However, it can be a difficult task, so we’ve put together some tips for our readers to help them fast with ease this Ramadan.
Despite the physical constraints fasting puts on you, keeping a fast successfully is more of a mental challenge. If you are strong on the inside, you will be able to fast more comfortably. Mentally preparing yourself for fasting is key, especially for those who are new to it. You have to prepare your mind and your body before you begin fasting. Factor in your daily routine and your workload then lay out a plan accordingly outlining your work, sleep, and rest schedules.
Eating small snacks will make you feel full. Eating properly after breaking fast is very important. Traditionally, people break their fast and immediately begin the Maghrib prayer, which is then followed by the meal before Taraweeh begins. Binge eating and taking long breaks between food intake would make you feel hungry during your fast. The same goes for eating large volumes of food quickly, as this will lead to cravings and hunger pangs during the following fast.
The first fast is always the hardest to get through; afterwards, the body adjusts. The second fast is easier than the first, and the third is even smoother. The human body is great at adaptability. As such, the task of fasting becomes much more manageable over the coming days. On a mental level, successfully completing the very first fast is a huge morale booster.
One of the best ways to fast with ease is by keeping yourself busy. It keeps your mind off things and makes the time go by quickly as well. Before you know it, Iftar will be just a few hours away. This is particularly important for Muslims who live in non-Muslim countries. People work normally during Ramadan in these parts of the world, unlike in Muslim countries where offices shut down early to accommodate Muslims who fast. While work can be tiring, it does keep your mind occupied, and the more the mind is not thinking about food, the better it is.
Although fasting is an integral feature of Ramadan, it’s just one of the things we should be doing to bring ourselves closer to Allah (SWT). We should be donating to charity throughout the year; however, giving during Ramadan allows you to reap more rewards. Muslim Aid accepts your donations here.
These are just some tips on how to fast easily this coming Ramadan and how you can reap the most amounts of benefits from fasting in terms of your health. Be sure to check out the Muslim Aid blog for more information on fasting and Ramadan.