When and What to Eat in Ramadan

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Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. During the whole month, Muslims around the world fasting from dawn until sunset. During the fast, no food or drink is consumed, and thoughts must be kept pure. Followers of Islam believe that fasting teaches patience, modesty, and spirituality. Meals are served before sunrise, called suhoor, and after sunset, called iftar, and eaten with family or with the local community.

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during that month.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity known as “zakat” and performing the Haj (pilgrimage).

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during that month.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity known as “zakat” and performing the Haj (pilgrimage).

Who Fasts and Who Doesn’t

The fast is strictly observed, even in higher latitudes, by all adult Muslims. The elderly, sick, and mentally ill are exempt from the fasting. Also exempt are pregnant women, women during the period of their menstruation. people who miss the fasting portion of Ramadan, If the sickness from which he/she is suffering is one from which there is the hope of recovery, then after the recover he/she have to make up the fasts that he/she missed during this Ramadan and the previous Ramadan.
But if the sickness is permanent and there is no hope of recovery, then he/she have to feed one poor person for each day that you did not fast in this Ramadan and in the previous one.

Suhoor and Iftar

During Ramadan, two main meals are served: suhoor, which is served before dawn, and iftar, which is served after sunset. Suhoor should be a hearty, healthy meal to provide needed energy throughout a day of fasting it ends when the sun rises and the fajr, or morning prayer, begins.

At the end of the day, when the sun sets Muslims break their fast by eating dates, water or Juices etc, before beginning the iftar meal. Muslims can continue eating and drinking throughout the night until the next day’s suhoor. At the end of the Ramadan month, Muslims celebrate the Festival of Fast-Breaking, called Eid al-Fitr.

What to Eat

Both of the suhoor and iftar meals contain fresh fruit, vegetables, halal meats, breads, sweets and cheeses. try to keep your food in Ramadan very light and full of fiber, proteins, and complex carbs. When Ramadan is during hot summer months like it is this year, we should also focus on hydrating foods. The types of food served vary by region, whether you’re in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, or beyond. The meals are served either at home with family, in the community mosques, or other designated places within the Muslim community.

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