The month of Ramadan is unique for the fact that this is the month during which the Holy Quran was revealed, fasting during this month is the fourth pillar of Islam, the best night of the year is expected during this month, the gates of hell are closed and those of paradise are opened in this month and it is in this month Muslims globally come closer to their creator.
It is obligatory for Muslims to fast during this month; abstaining from food, drink, smoke and any kind of sexual contact with their wives from sunrise to sunset. This is basically to teach Muslims self-control, discipline, compassion and foster unity among Muslims. Ramadan is the month where both rich and poor comes to a common understanding by sharing the experience of restraining and hunger. Over the years unfortunately, there has been some form of misunderstanding among Muslims about the true teachings of Islam, with Muslims focusing on the “How” and forgetting about the “Why”- some people fast and don’t even know why they are fasting. The practice of fasting, as you may know, is the fourth pillar of Islam and involves waking up few hours before sunrise to prepare and eat the early morning meal called “suhoor” after which you abstain from anything that will violate your fast till sunset. It might interest you to know that waking up for Suhoor is Sunnah of the prophet.
Often times, many Muslims worry about what food to eat, how much food to eat and when to eat this food at suhoor, so that they don’t get hungry early in the day. Below are three types of food you should eat while you wake for suhoor:
#1. Complex carbohydrates
According to Dr. Farouk Haffejee of the Islamic Association of South Africa, who recommended food that lasts longer. Jennifer Andrews of “Livestrong” explains:
Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel used by the body and brain to perform its necessary physical and mental functions. Insufficient carbohydrates in the diet lead to lethargy, weakness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking, as well as low moods and irritability. Complex carbohydrates […] release energy to the body over a longer period of time, keeping energy levels stabilised.
Some examples of complex carbohydrates include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, also soy and dairy products are among this list.
Do you know that you lose about a quarter and a half of water a day just by breathing? And over three quarters from others routes daily. Always remember to stay hydrated by drinking sufficient amount of water at suhoor and iftar (sunset) to keep your running efficiently. Try to avoid additives that increase your urine output: coffee and cola.
Did you know it is Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) to eat dates in suhoor and to break the fast at iftar? In line with this, dates have a special place in the hearts of Muslims. The health benefits of dates are too numerous to mention in this article. But dates are known to have high levels of soluble fibre, essential in promoting healthy bowel movements enhancing excretion.
It is advisable not to change the diet too much in the month of Ramadan, rather try to make simple. That is becasue the objective of Ramadan is not to for us to change our budget rather teaches us self-discipline and prevent extravagance.