According to the Islamic Hijri (lunar) calendar, the month of Ramadan is the holiest and most revered month. Muslims firmly believe that the Prophet Muhammad received the Message from the angel Gabriel during this glorious month when he came to earth.
It has its own charm and flavor to be ready for the fortunate month. However, modern life has grown so chaotic and disorganized that we have lost sight of our Prophet’s customs (PBUH). It’s true that He (PBUH) used to plan ahead for the blessed month! Furthermore, it is quite logical. Here are some Ramadan recommendations to keep in mind if you want to improve your thoughts, heart, and spirit.
1- Pray in Ramadan 2023
We’re not discussing the required prayers here! However, if you have fallen behind in your required prayers over the past year or two, now is your chance to catch up. However, if your prayer count is on track, you should use this opportunity to offer Nawafil. The advantages of performing Nawafil are too numerous to list in this space. All we can say is that if you start praying Nawafil regularly now, it will be much simpler for you to continue doing so in Ramadan 2023!
2- Never Miss Suhoor
Suhoor, which replaces breakfast, is the primary meal you are permitted to have before dawn. As a result, Suhoor is among the most crucial meals you can eat to start your day off well. A balanced meal in Suhoor not only nourishes your body but also gives you all the minerals you need to be productive all day. We advise extending Suhoor time by 40–50 minutes before sunrise in order to keep you on track.
By doing this, you’ll have ample time to have a hearty meal and drink plenty of water, which will lower your chances of getting hungry or thirsty throughout your fast. Merely set an alarm or ask a member of your family to get you up early.
3- Get Enough Sleep
Your sleep cycle suffers the most during Ramadan due to constant attempts to stay awake in order to avoid missing suhoor and working till iftar. Your sleep pattern is ultimately disrupted by these lifestyle modifications, which results in daytime migraines and lack of sleep.
For this reason, creating and adhering to a sleep regimen is essential to maintaining good health and physical activity throughout Ramadan. One easy method to achieve this is to take brief naps before lunch or at noon, limit your screen time to two hours before bed, and stay away from hefty late-night meals.
4- Eat light Portions
The urge to overeat around Iftar is typical given that one was prohibited from drinking and eating during the day. However, this just increases the strain and stress on your digestive tract, which now has to work harder, resulting in issues like stomach pains, indigestion, and discomfort.
You don’t need to increase your portion size while fasting to make up for missing meals. It is advised to consume healthy meals and maintain the original serving size.
By doing this, you can prevent a surge in your blood sugar level and consume only as much as your body requires. Additionally, eating your Iftar gently is advised. Serving Iftar in two portions is a simple way to accomplish this:
- Dates, water, and juice for a little iftar at dusk.
- A complete Iftar following Maghrib prayer, with meals rich in protein, carbs, fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
Ramadan is a wonderful time for spirituality, introspection, and connection with the Almighty as well as with our loved ones, close friends, and the Muslim community at large. Although it is difficult to fast for a full month, the reward is there!
As a result, whenever you experience fatigue, thirst, or hunger, just keep in mind that you are fasting for the benefit of Allah SWT. The aforementioned Ramadan fasting advice should have you well-prepared for the fortunate month ahead, equipped to handle any difficulties, and able to make the most of these holy, priceless weeks. Happy coming Ramadan to you and your family!