Ramadan Tips

by Zeena

Ramadan is one of the most important months in the Islamic calendar. It is the month in which the fourth pillar of Islam - fasting - was prescribed and the month in which the Qur'an was revealed. 

Linguistically, the word Ramadan comes from the root Ramad which roughly translates as 'extreme heat'. It is mentioned that this name refers to the dryness of the mouth at the time of intense thirst. Interestingly, in our case, we can relate this meaning to Ramadan in Ireland which is now set during the long summer days. 

Human Appeal will be marking the month of Ramadan by holding information and fundraising events in aid of our many life-saving projects throughout the world. We would be grateful if during this month of mindfulness and charity that you can support our work and help save a life.

Ramadan Tips

A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with the traditions: starting with  dates (it's traditionally an odd number 1,3 or 5! ), then a glass of water or Laban, and then start the meal with a warm bowl of soup and that will comfort the stomach after a long day of fasting, replenishes your body with fluids and help prepare the digestive system for this blessed meal then a salad and the main course. Of course moderation is key to health!

If you are a coffee drinker, try and reduce your coffee consumption during the month of Ramadan in order to avoid headaches and sleeplessness.

A balanced main dish at Iftar should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes or burghul, as well as some form of protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables. Balance and moderation are key to health!

See our Pre-Ramadan Tips Page: