Ramadan Summer fasting becomes a challenging task specially when your city is under a boiling heat wave and going without food or drink for hours can be really a hard work for commoners. This year, Karachi is basked with harsh temperatures, when all we can think about is having plenty of water and other iced drinks. But as a muslim we are also welcoming the holy month of Ramadan which is also falling in the same crunch of heat.
So How do we protect ourselves from extreme heat exposure while summer? how do we cope with this summer fasting without falling sick? And what are the best ways to keep ourselves hydrated throughout the day when our liquid intake becomes zero.
All of these questions are important as we begin to expect Ramadan, and here we try to give some answers that will ensure you have a Even, holy, and healthy Ramadan Kareem.
The all Important Sehri
Most people fall to this misconception that you should eat as much as you can in sehri to keep your self fill for the whole day. quality is always important over quantity, Filling yourself up with too much and too heavy food can be a costly mistake if you are fasting in the heatwave .
Keep your food light for both sehri and iftar. Do not load yourself up with water. It won’t remain stocked up. Eat some plain yogurt and a few dates to keep yourself from feeling thirsty during the day.
Minimize Sun Exposure
This is one of the most important point and this may not be possible for everyone, but if you can manage, minimize direct sun exposure as much as you can. Even if you are that guy who work in an open field, just understand that you had to take regular breaks to avoid heat stroke. Make sure you wear a cap and sunglasses.
Take multiple Showers
That’s one of the best ways to access water during Ramadan. Take multiple showers to refresh yourself and keep cool. Fill up a bucket with water beforehand so that it becomes slightly cooler than the water that directly comes from the tap.
If you can’t take multiple showers, make sure you refresh your wudhu for every salah. So it gives you a chance to wash your face, arms, neck, and feet multiple times.
Less Physical Action
This might not be possible for everyone especially people who have field jobs. However, but you need to try minimize your physical action and outdoor activities as much as possible. Delay certain tasks until you break your fast so you can at least drink water and eat something if you get tired.
This Ramadan, cut out on junk and fried foods as it will only make you thirstier. Improve your food choices and eat as healthy as possible. Lastly, pray to Allah to help you persevere and keep you committed to Ibada’h during this blessed month of Ramadan Ameen.
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