This year, the Islamic holy month coincides with the GCSEs and A-level exam period, with head teachers concerned that students will not be able to concentrate without eating. It also clashes with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, meaning Ramadan will have the longest average fasting hours in its 33-year lunar-based cycle.
This is the month that Allah revealed the Quran to the last Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH).
Practicing Ramadan teaches Muslims “self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity”.
It’s common to have one meal (Suhoor) just before sunrise and another (Iftar) directly after sunset.
Although the days are long, fasting is very healthy for the body, giving it a rest, cleansing it both spiritually and physically.
Are there any tips for fasting during Ramadan?
Should a person with diabetes fast?
People who have their diabetes under control, either by their diet or using tablets, may fast. However, their GP may require them to change their medication to help them take tablets outside fasting times. Those who need insulin to control their diabetes should not fast. (NHS)
Should a person with high or low blood pressure fast?
People with well-controlled high blood pressure may fast. Their GP may require a change to their medicine to help them take tablets outside fasting times. Someone with low blood pressure who is otherwise healthy may fast. They must ensure they drink enough fluid and have enough salt. (NHS)