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Ramadan 2011

Qur’an 2:183?
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint? 
The blessed month of Ramadan will begin this year on September 13, 2007, inshaallah Isha and Taraweeh prayers will be held daily at Idriss Mosque. I’ tikaf will be observed also during the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslims should contact their masjid for their Ramadan schedule.

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Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah

Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven, and will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without [the] reward being diminished at all…”

Ramadan Vocabulary

  • Imsak means complete abstention from eating and drinking and all other activities as prescribed in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
  • Iftar is the time to end the fasting day
  • Itikaf is a period of time during the last ten days of Ramadan whereby devout Muslims devote their full-time to prayer and remembrance of Allah. It is a time when one elects to confine the self in an experience that can be likened to a personal retreat. It is a time of connecting with Allah, worshipping, studying, feeding the soul. Many Muslims take refuge in the mosque for observing itikaf. Itikaf can also be observed at home in a quite corner or a room.
  • Suhoor is the time to eat before beginning the fasting day

Idriss Mosque wishes all a peaceful, blessed, spiritual, wonderful, successful Ramadan. May Allah (swt) accept your fasts prayers and efforts; forgive your sins; and bless you, your families and all believers abundantly in this month and always.

Prepare yourself for Ramadan, maximize its fulfillment; physically and spiritually. And remember ” by Failing to prepare one Prepares to fail.”

Ramadan Etiquette

We remind all to not waste food during Ramadan:  It’s not only haram to do so but it defeats a major purpose of fasting; i.e.; remembering the less fortunate in the world, who unlike those of us who will break our fast and eat, will not eat for lack of available food.  It is always better to break one’s fast by starting with a small amount of food, rather than taking too much and not eating it all, or not sharing what’s available with others.
Muslims who have anger issues from events, weeks, months or days past, etc., or those who carry any dislike, hatred, discontentment in the heart and retain dissention between themselves and others or another Muslim should make peace, because one’s heart and mind should be pure and clean when fasting. 

Preparation for Ramadan

Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Qur’an was reveled. It is a month for Allah. Ramadan is a time to focus, read, and recite the whole Qur’an. Ramadan is a month of tahajjud and qiyam al layl, of tarawih prayers of sadaqah, zakah al-fitr and zakah al-mal. It is a Holy month in which Allah bestows abundant blessings. It is a month for Muslims to welcome by being prepared; therefore;

  • Start reading the Qur’an daily after salat al fajr.
  • Spend time listening to recitations from the Qur’an.
  • Train yourself to go bed early so you awake early and rested for salat al fajr in the Masjid.
  • Keep yourself in a state of wudu’ most of the time.
  • Evaluate your deeds and yourself daily before going bed.
  • Thank Allah for your blessings, any good deeds done and repent to Him for your mistakes and sins.
  • Take time alone, so you can meditate, worship Allah, make dhikr, tasbih.
  • Those who can afford to make Umrah before Ramadan should do so.
  • Start giving sadaqah daily, no matter how little. Make it a habit like eating and drinking.
  • Find time to make extra prayers; i.e., duaa and tahajjud.
  • Read more Islamic books, especially the Qur’an, Sirah, Hadith, and Fiqh.
  • Help others by sharing your wisdom, knowledge and talents.
  • Try writing articles on Islam for Muslims and non Muslims.
  • Associate with Muslim scholars so you may learn from them.
  • Train yourself to do good, render free service to others.
  • Make dawah to non-Muslims, but learn how to do it first, as dawah is an art requiring knowledge and diplomacy
  • More Preparation
    Reduce the number of hours you watch TV spend your time reading the Qur’an and Sunnah.
  • Avoid looking at unlawful things; pictures, women dressed, yet undressed, men displaying bare chest, persons wearing shorts, tight fitting pants, sensual movies, magazines, catalogs.
  • Avoid going to theaters – go to a masjid
  • Avoid eating too much and only eat when you are hungry
  • Do not to over fill your stomach- remember 1/3 stomach for food, 1/3 stomach for water, 1/3 stomach for air.
  • If you drink coffee, tea or sodas reduce your consumption.
  • If you smoke be serious in trying to eliminate/ reducing your usage
  • Avoid listening to music – replace it with listening to recitations of the Qur’an.
  • Limit going with friends to picnics, dinners and other social gatherings, before Ramadan to help the body prepare, for fasting
  • If you have friends who do not practice the teachings of Islam, avoid socializing with them, as much as possible.
  • If you travel a lot on business try do more business locally so you can be closer to your family and community.
  • Preparing before Ramadan arrives is far better than waiting till it comes. Preparing oneself for anything in life is a sign of wisdom and maturity. Remember no one is assured of living one more minute nor hour or day and tomorrow may never come. So hurry benefit from the blessings and rewards Allah offers you now.

SUGGESTED HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR RAMADAN

This information is useful advice on avoiding some common problems encountered in Ramadan. 

During Ramadan, one’s diet should not differ much from the norm and should be as simple as possible. The diet in Ramadan should maintain one’s normal weight, whereby one neither loses nor gains excessively.

However, if over-weight, Ramadan is an ideal time to normalize one’s weight.
During fasting one should consume slow digesting foods, including fiber containing-foods, rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods can reasonably suffice the body for approximately 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods may only suffice the body’s needs 3 to 4 hours.

Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, whole meal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates)

Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).

Fiber-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.

Foods eaten should be well balanced and from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat / chicken / fish, bread / cereals and dairy products. Too much fried food is unhealthy and should be limited. Fried foods can cause indigestion, heartburn, and weight problems.

Avoid

  • Fried and fatty foods.
  • Foods containing too much sugar
  • Over-eating especially at suhoor
  • Too much tea at suhoor- Tea makes you pass more urine taking with it valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.
  • Smoking cigarettes- if you cannot give up smoking cut down gradually starting a few weeks before Ramadan. Smoking is unhealthy and should be stopped completely.

Eat

  • Complex carbohydrates at suhoor so that the food lasts longer making you less hungry.
    Dates are excellent source of sugar, fiber, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium.
  • Almonds are rich in protein and fiber with less fat.
  • Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.

Drink

  • As much water or fruit juices as possible between Iftar and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time.

Common Problems

Constipation

Constipation can cause piles (hemorrhoids), fissures (painful cracks in anal canal) and indigestion with a bloated feeling.

  • Causes: Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fiber in the diet.
  • Remedy: Avoid excessive refined foods, increase water intake, use bran in baking, brown flour when making breads.

Indigestion and Wind

  • Causes: Over-eating. Too much fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, and foods that produce wind e.g. eggs, cabbage, lentils, carbonated drinks like Cola also produce gas.
  • Remedy: Do not over-eat; drink fruit juices or better still drink water. Avoid fried foods; add ajmor to wind-producing foods.

Lethargy (‘low blood pressure’) Excessive sweating, weakness, tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness, especially on getting up from sitting position, pale appearance and feeling faint are symptoms associated with “low blood pressure”. This tends to occur towards the afternoon.

Causes: Too little fluid intake also decreased salt intake.

  • Remedy: Keep cool and increase fluid and salt intake.
  • Caution: Low blood pressure should be confirmed by taking a blood pressure reading when symptoms are present. Persons with high blood pressure may need their adjusted during Ramadan. They should consult their doctor.

Headache

Causes: Caffeine and tobacco-withdrawal, doing too much in one day, lack of sleep, hunger usually occur as the day goes by and worsens at the end of the day. When associated with “low blood pressure”, the headache can be quite severe and can also cause nausea before Iftar.

  • Remedy: Cut down caffeine and tobacco slowly starting a week or two before Ramadan. Herbal and caffeine-free teas may be substituted. Reorganize your schedule during the Ramadan so as to have adequate sleep.
    Low Blood Sugar Weakness, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, perspiring easily, feeling shaky (tremor), unable to perform physical activities, headache, palpitations are symptoms of low blood sugar.
  • Causes: in non-diabetics having too much sugar i.e. refined carbohydrates especially at suhoor. The body produces too much insulin causing the blood glucose to drop.
  • Remedy: Eat something at suhoor and limit sugar-containing foods and drinks.
  • Caution: Diabetics may need to adjust their medication in Ramadan, consult your doctor.

Muscle Cramps

Causes: Inadequate intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium foods.

  • Remedy: Eat foods rich in the above minerals e.g. vegetables, fruit, dairy products, meat and dates.
  • Caution: Those on high blood pressure medication and with kidney stone problems should consult their doctor.

Peptic Ulcers, Heart Burn, Gastritis and Hiatus Hernia

Increased acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadan aggravate the above conditions. It presents as a burning feeling in the stomach area under the ribs and can extend up to the throat. Spicy foods, coffee, and Cola drinks worsen these conditions.
Medications are available to control acid levels in the stomach. People with proven peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia should consult their doctor well before Ramadan.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones may occur in people who have fewer liquids to drink. Therefore, it is essential to drink extra liquids so as to prevent stone formation.

Joint Pains

Causes: During Ramadan, when extra salat are performed the pressure on the knee joints increases. In the elderly and those with arthritis this may result in pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort.

  • Remedy: Lose weight so that the knees do not have to carry any extra load. Exercise the lower limbs before Ramadan so that they can be prepared for the additional strain. Being physically fit allows greater fulfillment, thus enabling one to be able to perform salat with ease.

Ramadan Kareem

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