The holy month of Ramadan, or Ramzan, started from 17 May 2018. “Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is (or should be) visible. Muslims commemorate this month-long period by observing fast. Fasting in Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam and is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.
The fasting begins from sunrise and ends at sunset. During Ramadan, Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn Sehri meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fasts in the evening. The evening meals are known as Iftar. The month-long fasting ends on Id-ul-Fitr celebrations.
Here is all you need to know about the holy month
1. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims offer prayers (Salat), recite the Quran and do good deeds.
2. The word Ramadan has Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad meaning scorching heat.
3. The month of Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, an auspicious day for Muslims across the globe.
4. Adults, expect pregnant women, women in their menstrual cycle, people suffering from illness, the old and those travelling, observe fast. They can consume Suhoor (meal before dawn) and break the fast by having Iftaar (meal post sunset).
5. Muslims across the State had spent the past week gearing up to herald their holiest month. They cleaned mosques, prayer halls and houses. Madrasas have been closed for a month.
6. Most temporal activities, including marriages, are generally avoided during Ramzan.
7. Instead, Muslims engage themselves in activities meant for spiritual cleansing during the month.
8. Muslims are also encouraged to read the entire Qur’an throughout this month. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan and the beginning of the next lunar month.
Ramadan 2018: What To Eat And Avoid During Sehri
Sehri is a pre-dawn meal, a meal that is consumed early in the morning before the fajr prayer. Here is the list of food items that you need to intake during the timings of Sehri. Moreover, a list of foods that you need to avoid in Ramadan.
Foods To Eat:-
1. High-carb foods like bread, rice and potatoes are loaded with complex carbohydrates that take longer to digest and keep your energy levels high.
2. Fibrous fruits and whole grains should be on top of your sehri menu. Include fruits like banana, apples and apricots, and grains like barley, chickpeas and oats that will make you feel fuller for longer and further help prevent constipation. Don’t eat too much as it may make you thirsty; ensure that the intake is limited.
3. Protein is another nutrient that makes an important part of the sehri meal. Sneak proteins in the form of eggs, chicken, yogurt, lentils, et al. Proteins will help you keep active and your energy levelled up.
4. Hydrating foods and drinks should make a part of your sehri diet. Coconut water, cucumbers, pineapple, tomatoes, oranges and lots of water will help keep you going through the day.
What To Avoid:-
1. Try not to make foods that are spicy and masaledar; they will only cause heartburn and indigestion.
2. Avoid having too many cups of tea and coffee as the caffeine leads to loss of water that increases thirst.
3. Keep away from salty foods that may dehydrate you.
4. Do not eat too many sugary foods, as they digest quickly, further making you feel hungry.
Make sure your sehri is healthy enough to make your fast a lot more successful.
This Ramadan, may Allah remove all your obstacles, forgive your transgressions, give you the ability to forgive your enemies, answer your prayers, and bless you with peace and happiness! Awaaz Nation wishes everyone a blessed and pious Ramadan!