Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar when many Muslims observe fasting between sunrise and sunset. This year it is expected to begin on Saturday 02 April and can last up to 29 to 30 days.
Many of our pupils and students will observe the fasts, and although they are studying at home during the Easter break, it can still be a challenging time.
Useful information for studying whilst fasting.
- It is important to look after your health and so make sure the food you eat before sunrise (suhur) and at sunset (iftar) is nutritious. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables to ensure your body and mind receives the correct nutrition. Food that is slow digesting and releases energy throughout the day is best.
- Drink plenty of water when you can to stay hydrated and help with concentration levels. Avoid caffeine heavy drinks as these can dehydrate you further. Sip water throughout the night to keep your mind and body hydrated – don’t drink it all at once!
- Go outside for a walk/exercise, try to avoid going out when the day is at its hottest or stay in the shade. Reduce your physical activity levels during the fasting hours to save energy.
- Get plenty of rest and plan your day! You may want to adjust your current home-school timetable so studying is more manageable in smaller chunks with regular breaks.
- Support your friends and family during the month. It can be a great time to connect with each other, even virtually! Maybe you can plan iftars with each other using video calls and FaceTime.
To all in our community observing Ramadan, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous month.