Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month expected by Muslims worldwide to fast in. This observance, fasting (Sawm), is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and is used to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Fasting is quite easy for some; however, not all.
In this article, are a few tips to help make your fasting easy in the holy month of Ramadan.
Ready Your Kitchen for Fasting
Having a poorly composed kitchen could disturb the fasting exercise. Ready your kitchen with appropriate and lawful foods, drinks, ingredients, and other materials you may need that should be enough for the month or at least a few days.
Also, toss out all prohibited foods and drinks. You shouldn’t have a wine or pork sitting out on the counter.
Prepare Yourself Mentally and Be Determined
Fasting is more of a mental challenge rather than physical. Having a strong mindset about completing the exercise will help you fast more comfortably. Factor in your daily routine and workload, and do not think or focus on unnecessary or sinful things.
Keep Yourself Busy During a Fast
Staying idle isn’t so good during a fast. You could easily get distracted and then find yourself thinking about food or noticing you’re hungry.
Get yourself something to do. Concentrate on your tasks at work, recite from the Holy Quran – it’s good and even adds to your good deeds –, spend some time out with friends, do home chores, and so on. Just try and distract yourself rather than staying idle.
You can also try getting some sleep; however, if you find it difficult to, do something else.
Don’t Stress Yourself Out
Not staying idle doesn’t mean you should overwork yourself.
Heavy activities will drain your energy faster and if prolonged, you may find your energy level lacking. Abstain from doing heavy activities, at least not for too long.
Keep Foods and Drinks Out of Sight During a Fast
Keep your foods and drinks in places you won’t be bumping into them; store them appropriately.
Also, try and avoid places in the home that you normally associate with food like the kitchen and the dining table.
One shouldn’t shy away from fasting in the month of Ramadan because of how difficult a task it may seem.
The exercise is obligatory upon every adult Muslim, male or female, who has reached puberty, is not travelling or sick. Women in their menses and post-natal bleeding shouldn’t fast also, but must make up the fast later after Ramadan.
That is all on fasting easier in Ramadan. Hope you gained something useful? If so, help share with your friends too; it’s charity! Lastly, happy fasting!