The Muslim Council of Britain extends its wishes to all for a peaceful and blessed month of Ramadan.
For the next 29 to 30 days, Muslims will fast from dawn to sunset, offering prayers and gratitude to God. This blessed month emphasises the importance of spiritual devotion and undertaking good deeds: being truthful, just and caring. In this month the Qur’an was revealed, and at this time Muslims are encouraged to increase their acts of charity.
Take Extra Care During the HEATWAVE this Ramadan
The Met Office has issued a heat health alert as the temperature is predicted to reach 31C today (18th July 2014). Muslims fasting this Ramadan must be particularly careful during long daylight hours. Below are something things you can do to look after yourself and others around you:
- During hot weather, dehydration is a common and serious risk, it is important that you drink plenty of water between Iftar (sunset meal) and Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)
- Balance food and fluid intake in between fasts, ensuring you drink sufficient water
- If you start to feel unwell, disorientated, confused, or collapse or faint, be prepared to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid.
- This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment.
- Check on others in the community who may be at greater risk, and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan
As we enter the last ten nights of Ramadan, it is important to look after your health and others around you, so you can maximise your time for prayers and spiritual renewal. Remember to stay hydrated!
Here we offers facts, figures and features on how British Muslims mark this blessed month, which culminates in the festival Eid al-Fitr.
Did you know this year fasting will be for 19 hours? Find out how Ramadan is marked in Britain today.
Health fact sheets and guides to cope with fasting during the long hours of Ramadan.