Ramadan is the perfect time to rekindle relationships with family

Ramadan Wednesday 12/April/2023 21:01 PM
By: Times News Service
Ramadan is the perfect time to rekindle relationships with family
  • Ramadan is the perfect time to rekindle relationships with family through Iftar gatherings and after-Iftar time spent with relatives that perhaps you have lost touch with during the hustle and bustle of the year. Plan a family gathering once per week, or make plans with a cousin to have coffee after Iftar. Any act of communion with family during the Holy Month is a blessing, both in the eyes of God, and for you as family is one of the greatest gifts we have in this world.

    The Holy Month is also the time to show the world you care. Spend time with an elderly person in your house or the neighbourhood. You need to make it a point to visit your grandparents as often as you can not only during Ramadan but otherwise too. But if you haven’t been doing it, then this is your chance to start. You can even visit your friends or neighbours’ grandparents, spend some time with them, read to them, and help them with their daily chores. Make sure that you pray together at least once in a day. Also have your Suhoor and Iftar meals together. Eating together reconnects you with your family.

    Fasting tips
    Avoid carbonated and sugary drinks

    High sugar intake, in the form of sodas or other sugar-sweetened beverages should be avoided. Be cautious of adding sugar to home-made/traditional fruit drinks. Serving carbonated drinks at fast breaks not only deprives of a healthy appetite, but can also lead to dehydration and sugar cravings during the fast.

    Word of Wisdom
    Do not lose heart or despair- if you are true believers you have the upper hand-” [Quran 3:139].
    Based on this inspirational Islamic quote, Allah the Merciful Promises us that we will indeed be among the superior if we are patient with the trials and tribulations that befall upon us. A part of being patient is accepting His Divine Decree, no matter how harsh the reality may seem. So, if you feel at a loss right now, do not grieve. Do not lose heart, for you have won a great victory of life.


    Cook in batches

    Cook large amounts of food and store some for later. It's a great way to make sure you have healthy meals ready when you need them when you do have time to cook everyday. Meatballs, patties, soups, stews, and cooked vegetables can be batch-cooked and frozen.