السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – Peace. I pray that this finds you and yours in the best health and Iman/faith
– Fasting of course is done with the intent to please Allah. But if we do it correctly we will not only gain spiritual benefit but do it in a healthy manner that will also benefit us in this life
– The Suhoor is the meal before fajr (sunrise)
– It helps the fasting person persevere through the fast. It is very important in these hot months
– Suhoor is so named because it happens at the time of “sahr”, which is the end of the night.
Importance of the suhoor and its blessing:
It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095.
‘Abdullah Ibn Haarith said that one of the companions said: ‘I entered the house of the Messenger (SAW) whilst he was taking the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), and he (SAW) said: “Indeed it (the Suhoor) is blessing that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out.” [An-Nasaaee and Ahmad]
It was narrated from Jaabir that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever wants to fast, let him eat something for suhoor.” [Narrated by Ahmad]
It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Suhoor is a blessed meal, so do not omit it, even if one of you only takes a sip of water, for Allah and His angels send blessings on those who eat suhoor.” [Narrated by Ahmad]
What to eat during suhoor
– My advice is to be sure to drink AT LEAST two 8 oz. glasses of water at this time. It is summer time and this will help with thirst.
– Eat fruit. They contain the vitamins and fiber you will need to maintain your fast.
– Lentils, almonds, nuts and tofu are good because they contain protein and are not too heavy.
– While you CAN eat heavy, I don’t recommend it. We are aiming for quality over quantity to help you get both the blessing and the health benefits of the fast.
– Avoid coffee. It will dehydrate you.
The best time for suhoor
– The suhoor is best eaten about an hour of so before fajr (sunrise) prayer. It is best to be done with the suhoor meal at about 20 minutes before sunrise. This gives you time to brush your teeth and prepare for fajr prayer.
It was narrated that Zayd ibn Thaabit (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “We ate suhoor with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then he went to pray.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
When Breaking the Fast:
– Do NOT “overcompensate” (over eat). Unfortunately we see in the Muslim majority nations that Ramadan is a time when even MORE food is consumed and many actually GAIN weight. Let’s try to get this right! It will be tempting to over-eat, but try not to do this. Besides, it may make you sick.
– Avoid greasy/fried foods. After a day of fasting, it’s hard on the body. Should be avoided anyway
– Try to eat foods that do not contain a lot of fat and are easy to digest. Again, yogurts, vegetables, and fruits.
– Cut back on meat (especially red meat). My recommendation is to have a meatless iftar” once a week. I am recommending that we go without meat at least once a week as a regular practice. Try to encourage your mosques to have communal meatless iftar to spread this message. It is good for our health and good for the environment
– Avoid sweet desserts such as cakes and pies. Fasting will make you crave sweets. If you indulge, you will gain weight. Try to have fruits and dates as a substitute. Sugar is a killer. This is a good time to begin to avoid it.
– While talking about over eating, it should be mentioned that fasting is not a recommended method of losing weight. We are fasting for Allah, and while this month can be a wonderful opportunity to eat well and develop healthier habits, it is actually not a time to try to lose weight.
– Do NOT try to fast if you are unable to due to health reasons such as diabetes, and hypoglycemia
Ramadan Mubarak May Allah bless you and your family tremendously and allow us to gain all the good deeds that we can in this blessed month. Your Brother Imam Johari, Nia, Mustafa, Salima and Amira.
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