IN READINESS FOR RAMADAN By Aaminah Qasim Oniwarere
IN READINESS FOR RAMADAN
Ramadan is one of the months of the hijirah calender. Precisely the ninth month in which all Muslims are commanded to fast through its 29 or 30 days. There are several hadith that encouraged us to get prepared for this month, to enable us maximize the benefits it come with. In shaa Allaah this article will be discussing the psychological, medical, nutritional and spiritual preparation needed for ramadan.
Being psychologically prepared for ramadan simply refers to acceptance and enhanced readiness to fast and perform other mandatory acts of Ramadan. It is this psychological preparedness that will lead to the manifestation of other preparation.
Medical preparation involves preparing one’s health towards the month of Ramadan. The major health problem that prevent people from Fasting in Ramadan is ulcer disease in all of its form. A known ulcer patient is advised to take prophylactic treatment drugs to prevent or reduced appearance of symptoms during the month of Ramadan. Dissociating from meals with excessive spices and carbornated drinks and other related food that are known as aggravating factors will also be effective in preventing this disease from hijacking the benefits of Fasting in ramadan.
Another common illness that might prevent people from fasting is diabetes mellitus, a chronic type of illness where the sugar level in the body cannot be controlled. People suffering from this illness and are on Insulin therapy might be at a very high risk of hypoglycemia ( a condition whereby the sugar in the body becomes too low for normal physiological activities to continue). It is best for people in this category to discuss with their caregiver weather to fast or not.
Meanwhile, if your blood sugar is well controlled with either oral hypoglycemic or insulin therapy along with diet modification, you are most likely qualified to fast, but with extra precaution. Food rich in simple soluble sugar should always be with you, along with blood sugar checking apparatus ( Glucometer). To monitor the blood sugar level and take precaution when necessary to prevent and treat hypoglyceamic crisis.
Generally, if you think you are suffering from any medical condition that You think may prevent you from Fasting, discussing with a medical personnel might help you make a decision.
Nutritional preparation involves getting ready diet wise for ramadan. Although Ramadan is not an eating feast, it is very important for the head of a family to ensure that all within his care are taken care of out of what Allah has provided him in pure sustenance. May almighty Allaah grant us all halal means of sustenance. Aamin.
Generally, some kind of foods are to be avoided during Ramadan, therefore, they should be found in very low quantity or totally absent in our meals. Examples are food that basically contains simple sugar, Such as candies, carbonated drinks, e.t.c. this is because they are much easily digested, and fatigue may set in at the early hours of fasting. There should be increased intake of potassium rich food such as sweet potatoes, banana, spinach, avocado and plantain. This is because they help in conserving fluid in the body, thereby preventing dehydration. Increased fluid intake is highly encouraged, especially during the period of iftar to keep you hydrated for the long hours to come.
Also, for Iftar, light food may be considered to enable one perform other necessary acts such as tarawih, solatul tawbah and qiyamul Layl.
Meanwhile, as you get ready for Ramadan nutrition wise, remember a neighbour of yours that might be having difficulty with his own preparation. Extend a hand if you can. May Allah grant us ease.
Finally but majorly, the spiritual preparation for Ramadan. This involves a large portion of detailed realistic pre-planning towards the desired acts in Ramadan. This include but not limited to stating the number of complete Quran recitation desired, deciding on soul lifting book to read. Selecting verses or chapters of the Quran for memorisation and reflection. Making a comprehensive dua list to avoid any possible error of omission or forgetfulness. Other acts may include visitation to the grave at the early part of Ramadan for the purpose of reflection and motivation.
You can also consider starting all those Routine activities you intended for Ramadan from now, so that when the month eventually comes, the flow is maintained.
Lastly, a pre-prepared daily evaluation chart may be of great help in achieving these set goals and also serve as a means of outcome evaluation after Ramadan.
Below are few books (PDF format) that might be of benefit during the blessed month. There’s also a typical evaluation chart (Microsoft document). You might find them useful.
Allahumo balignaa Ramadan. Aamin
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