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Staying healthy during Ramadan

Staying healthy during Ramadan

In 2020, Ramadan will be taking place from Thursday 23 April – Saturday 23 May 2020 (exact dates may vary). We have put together some information on this page to let practicing Muslims know about staying healthy during Ramadan and how to have a healthy start during the holy month without running the risk of compromising your health.

Staying healthy during Ramadan

Ramadan, as well as well as encompassing fasting, is a month of prayer and self-reflection and an opportunity to address one’s physical, psychological and moral health.

Patients with any chronic illness or health complication should consult their GP or nurse prior to fasting to see if they can do so safely during Ramadan, before the fasting commences. Please discuss your medical conditions and explore possible changes to your medication or any other alternatives that doctors may suggest to suit your needs.

Some groups are exempt from fasting, such as pregnant women, mothers who are breastfeeding, diabetics, the chronically ill and the elderly.

Those who are injecting insulin, or on medication which can cause very low blood sugar, are advised not to fast, as the potential risk to health may be too great. People who have diabetes and are unsure should discuss with their GP if they are able to fast, and how they can reduce any risk of difficulties or complications.

The information below will also help you with staying healthy during Ramadan.

Ramadan and Coronavirus

On Thursday 16th April, it was announced that social distancing measures would be extended until 7th May 2020. This will undoubtedly have an impact how Ramadan is observed.

Further information about Ramadan and coronavirus is available in Public Health England’s blog and through The Muslim Council of Britain website https://mcb.org.uk/.

What is Ramadan?

During the holy month of Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world observe periods of prayer, self-reflection and fasting.

Ramadan marks the month when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, with many adult Muslims fasting each day from sunrise to sunset. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims also spend increased time in prayer and are encouraged to read the Quran, as well as donating to, and participating in, charitable events.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated with Eid al-Fitr, which translates in English as ‘the festival of the breaking of the fast’ and lasts for three days.

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