Water is one of the most important blessings that has been bestowed upon mankind. One can simply not imagine a day in his life without water. Likewise, Muslims cannot stress enough the importance of water in the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims fast for an entire month and during this time they are constantly reminded how important blessing water is.
Ekplatbiryani believes that every human has a right to basic needs such as shelter, food, and water. Unfortunately, a vast number of Muslims around the globe are deprived of clean drinking water, and hence, they are faced with challenges all around the year and especially in the month of Ramadan.
Why is water so important in the month of Ramadan?
Ramadan is the month of worship. Muslims all around the world turn away from worldly attractions and worship Allah. They completely indulge in worship and tend to fast for a period of 30 days. While fasting, one cannot wait for the moment the sun sets so they can break their fast and quench their thirst with a glass of water.
Now just for a second imagine you are residing in one of those underprivileged areas where clean drinking water is out of reach. You cannot even begin to imagine what kind of excruciating pain people in those areas go through, especially in the month of Ramadan when water is the basic need to break your fast.
Apart from drinking, water serves as the basis for many other purposes such as sole food for the crops. Resultantly, the absence of water leads to the absence of food. In the month of Ramadan after an entire day of fasting, it is essential to eat something healthy and gain energy in order to continue fasting for the entire month. Now, imagine again how people in water-scarce areas survive during the month of Ramadan?
How to Keep Hydrated in the month of Ramadan?
Regardless of fasting, one can easily keep one hydrated in the month of Ramadan. A severe lack of water can result in a variety of issues with the human body including some long-term serious health complications. Hence, every one of us should realize the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated in the month of Ramadan.
We have put together a few super-easy tips and tricks that will aid you in keeping yourself hydrated this Ramadan:
- It is a natural instinct to crave fizzy drinks and drinks with caffeine during fasting. Hence, a lot of people end up making this mistake by consuming such drinks right after breaking their fast. However, you should never consume such drinks right after fasting because these can lead to severe dehydration. Moreover, such drinks tend to slow down your digestive system and they do nothing good for your body.
- In case the weather is hot and humid during Ramadan, try your level best to stay indoors. Exposure to direct sunlight and scorching heat will make you sweat. Through sweating our body tends to lose a lot of water and while fasting it is vital for you to retain a sufficient supply of water to keep you going throughout the day.
- It is observed that people consume food with high spice levels and salt content at iftar. Consuming such food is the primary reason for high thirst levels. You should avoid such food during the month of Ramadan to help you fast with ease.
- Instead of frozen foods choose fresh fruits and vegetables. These will not just keep you hydrated but will provide you with the nutritional value that your body requires while fasting.
- During suhoor and iftar try consuming food with high fiber and water content. Keep in mind that dates are one of the best edibles to consume during Ramadan.
- Outside the hours of fasting try drinking small water portions from time to time.
On the other hand, there are several benefits of not drinking water during Ramadan while you are fasting. We are listing down a few hidden spiritual plus health benefits that your body receives during Ramadan!
- Numerous studies have revealed that fasting helps maintain your lipid profile along with blood cholesterol level. This reduces the risk of heart failure, strokes, and various other lethal heart diseases.
- Abstaining yourself from consuming any drink or food during specific hours of the day for a whole month, gives your body and digestive system a much-deserved break. All year round, your body is unable to rest and it wears out. Hence, getting a break for a few hours does wonder for your body.
- Fasting for an entire month enables your body to reboot and flush out all the toxins that it has gathered over time. In other words, you can call fasting a month-long detox, which results in a healthier lifestyle even after Ramadan.
- Surprisingly, fasting contributes to increased mental growth. It promotes the production of new brain cells which in turn increases a person’s mental capacity.
- Fasting gives you a chance at spiritual uplifting and mental clarity regarding your faith. Moreover, it has been revealed that fasting makes the brain more stress-resistant and a person gets rewarded with much better emotional and mental health.
Aid for Muslims living in Extreme Conditions of Thar
Thar is a drought-stricken extremely deprived area present in eastern Pakistan. One major challenge that people in Thar face is extreme water shortage. The living conditions in Thar are beyond one’s imagination. It is estimated that every year an average of 1000+ children die due to thirst in the worst possible living conditions of Thar.
Deaths of 1000+ children every year because they could not receive clean drinking water, can you imagine? These numbers are enough to send shivers down the spine. As you already know, water shortage leads to food shortage. Hence, Thar being an area with water shortage for years has now become an area with food shortage with up to 76% of Thar being deprived of food resources.
There is no hope for natural resources at all, as the annual waterfall recorded in Thar is around 245 millimeters. This means that the people of Thar literally have to count each drop of water that they utilize.
With a continually growing population, it is next to impossible to meet the food and water needs of the people in Thar. This is why we urge you to come forward and donate towards a good cause this Ramzan. Join hands with Ekplatebiryani and serve mankind by donating and raising funds for helpless Tharis.
One simple solution to the never-ending misery of Tharis is installing water hand pumps in the area. The placement of water hand pumps in Thar will enable people to pump a sufficient supply of water from the ground in order to lead their lives with little comfort. An alternate solution to water hand pumps is digging tube wells. Both of these simple yet effective approaches can work to make the conditions of Thar bearable for its unfortunate people.
Donate for Installation of Water Pumps in Rohingya
In 2017 research was conducted that concluded that 92% of the water samples gathered from Rohingya were found to be infected with multiple harmful viruses and bacteria. Rohingya people are known as one of the most oppressed ethnic groups in the world.
Rohingya people are abandoned, no state is ready to take their responsibility and they are denied their fundamental human rights such as shelter, food, and water. Water supply is scarce and even the little water which they have contains lethal disease-causing agents such as hepatitis, typhoid, cholera, dysentery.
There is no progress in the unbearable living conditions of Rohingya. Clean drinkable water is a fundamental right and no one deserves to be deprived of it. Be a ray of hope for the people of Rohingya by donating and providing them with easy access to clean water.
Donate your hard-earned money now, and reap its benefits later. You will keep getting rewarded in this life and hereafter, as long as the people of Rohingya are drinking water from the pumps that were made from your donated funds.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much water should I drink in Ramadan?
You are advised to consume at least 500ml of water at Suhoor. This much amount of water is sufficient to keep you going throughout the day. Moreover, you should make up your mind to drink around 1.5 liters of water outside of fasting hours. This will ensure that you do not feel dehydrated at all regardless of fasting.
2. Can I drink water while fasting in Ramadan?
Sunrise to sunset is the time duration of fasting for Muslims in Ramadan. During fasting hours it is not permitted to drink water or eat anything at all. Drinking even a sip of water will result in breaking fast.
3. Does Ramadan cause dehydration?
Practicing Muslims fast for the entirety of Ramadan each day for a specific number of hours and no one has ever been faced with illness. Yes, long durations of not consuming water can lead to dehydration however, in Ramdan Muslims follow a proper routine of drinking sufficient water at the time of suhoor. Hence, they are not faced with any challenges.
No amount of evidence will ever be enough to stress the importance of water during the month of Ramadan. Long hours of fasting without drinking water can lead to severe dehydration if proper tips are not followed. Hence, it is essential for you to make sure that you consume a sufficient amount of water at the time of suhoor.
Moreover, make sure that you consume healthy plus nutritional food instead of greasy food with high spice levels that will make you feel thirsty. However, while fasting this Ramadan does feel the pain of underprivileged people who have no access to clean drinking water at all.
Join hands with Ekplatbiryani and donate right now to earn sadaqah jariyah.