Fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drinks but it is also the most important time of the year to express gratitude, help the poor, and focus on good deeds. So as a first-timer, apart from feasting on your Iftar delights take out some time for retrospection.
Guess what? The hard part is done. The first week is definitely the most difficult week as your body is just getting used to the change in the food and sleep schedules. But since you managed to do it successfully, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Now let’s try to fast another week without complaining. And who knows, you may actually be able to follow the fast for a whole month. But for now, we’ll take one week at a time.
1. Since you’ve already experienced a week without food between Fajr and Maghrib, you will now understand what is most difficult for you. Work on it. For instance, for most people, it is difficult to control their urge to drink water, especially, during the extreme summer temperatures that go up to 50 degrees Celsius. So remember to drink plenty of fluid during Suhoor so that you do not feel the urge to drink fluid throughout the day.
2. You might think that it is a good idea to eat all the way from 7pm until midnight and then sleep without waking up for Suhoor. You’re mistaken. It is important to wake up at the time of Suhoor and eat well and also keep yourself hydrated with as much water as you can in order to feel alive and stay active for the rest of the day. Go back to sleep after Suhoor if you want.
3. If you aren’t working and are struggling to keep yourself occupied then find an indoor pool and go swimming. It is that one activity that won’t make you sweat but still will keep you fit and your mind alert.
4. You probably did this last week but avoid doing it now. Break your fast slowly instead of stuffing your face with as much food as you can. Follow the order. Some water, dates, appetisers, salads, and then the main meal.
5. Take this as a time to learn more about Islam and practice the good deeds that is expected to do during the Holy Month. Stay away from vices like gossiping, whining, and complaining.—[email protected]