The Importance of Suhoor in Ramadan

During Ramadan, two main meals are served i.e. Suhoor, which is served before dawn and Iftar, which is served a little after sunset.

At the end of the day, when the sun sets, then Maghreb prayer starts, and the days fast is broken with Iftar. Many Muslims break their fast by eating dates before eating anything else.  Muslims can continue eating and drinking throughout the night until the next day’s Suhoor, which is termed as the most important meal between the two.

Suhoor is a meal that provides much needed energy throughout the day of fasting. The time for Suhoor ends just before Fajr. If you live in an area where the Masjid pronounces the Adhan out loud, then listen for the words Asalatu Khairul mina nawm (prayer is better than sleep). That’s the point you should stop all eating.

Why Suhoor is considered the most important meal?

Suhoor is actually considered to be the main meal of Ramadan, as it supplies the body with large amounts of energy to help in the fasting. Eating before the fast is very important, as this is a way of stocking up on plenty of minerals that will surely keep your body active and healthy until the time to break the fast.

Not eating Suhoor can lead to many unexpected situations including having a really bad headache the next day especially due to inadequate food and water in your body.  If you have not noticed, skipping Suhoor may lead to a loss of concentration the next day, which isn’t something you want to happen during work or while driving.

It is advisable to eat brown bread during Suhoor as it contains plenty of fiber that will gradually increase your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Eating yogurt, eggs, fruits and vegetables is highly recommended.

After a long days fast, eat dates first as they are rich in iron, potassium, sugar, minerals, vitamin C, protein and so on. Follow this with a glass of water and anything light like a vegetable soup or porridge and then whatever you wish to eat. By doing this, sugars travel more quickly to the liver where they are converted into energy, exactly what you need after a whole day of fasting.

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