The fasting month is a month full of honor and holiness for the Muslims. It is simply a month that allows the Muslims to reflect upon themselves.Ramadan normally injects a sense of excitement and anxiety. With that being said, the fasting month is usually welcome with as much preparation as possible in terms of many areas of life, for instance, diet, spiritual as well as general aspects. Thus, Tripfez has listed some useful and practical tips that would be helpful during this sacred month.
- Always drink a lot of water, especially plain water between Iftar and Suhoor to rejuvenate your body in refilling the lack of water during the day.
- For caffeine lover, try to lower the daily intake of caffeinated beverages preceding to the commencing month of Ramadan because naturally, a sudden decrease in your intake can lead to headaches and irritability.
- Be sure to not skip your Suhoor. This is crucial as it helps you to go through the challenging fasting day. Plus, even the Prophet s.a.w clearly stated that; “Take the Suhoor meal, for there is a blessing in it,” (Bukhari, Muslim). As for Iftar, make it a habit to break the fast by drinking water and eating dates as they provide good energy for the body.
- Consume a healthy and balanced meal. Be sure to eat vegetables, carbs, protein, and fruits on each meal and do not over eat during Iftar too as it will affect your Tarawih prayer.
- Always perform “Dhikr” and “Duaa” (remembrances of Allah s.w.t) often.
- Recite “Surah al-Ikhlas” often as in the Islamic Hadith, the Surah itself is believed to have the value and benefit of reading one-third of the Holy Qur’an. When you read it three times, it is the same as having to read the entire Qur’an. Such a blessing.
- During this holy month, a lot of people are striving to read the whole Qur’an. Nevertheless, if this goal isn’t met, do not feel frustrated.There is always room for improvements. Do what you can which is suitable for you and stick to it. It is all about cultivating a good habit to be continued even after Ramadan.
- Set a goal for yourself during the holy month of Ramadan. Perhaps, add more Surah to memorize. Or maybe, add on to the number of pages of Qur’an you will read daily during this sacred month. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and definitely will bring you closer to Allah s.w.t which is the main reason for Ramadan.
- Normally, by the end of the fast, which is nearing Iftar, you will simply feel weak and tired. If for instance you are the one who needs to prepare the Iftar meals for your family, perhaps you can prepare the meal earlier or seek more help from your loved ones. This is a good way to bond during this holy month too.
- Try reducing activities that require a lot of physical engagement as you will be exhausted to pursue them and probably risking your precious fasting effort as well.
- Be mindful of not only upon your diet activity but also your spiritual well-being, thoughts, and behaviors. During this holy month of Ramadan, it is the perfect time to cultivate good habits, good thoughts, and good manners that bring nothing but benefits to your own self.
It is all about how you will make those great Ramadan habits stick throughout the month and perhaps for a lifetime. Hopefully, these tips enable you to pick great advice, apply them and use it as a guideline for the next Ramadan.