Friday, July 29, 2011

The Glorious Month of Ramadan and Food!

Ramadan is just around the corner. It is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to ALLAH, and self-control.

The third "pillar" or religious obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to ALLAH. Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds.

As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning to thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.

I'm no dietitian, but since a lot of female friends have asked me to recommend some meal plan for Ramadan. I had to Google a lot for an amazing one. Below is the suggested frame of eating right during Ramadan by Rujuta Diwekar (Kareena Kapoor's dietitian). Over indulging in the evening or Iftaar will not just dilute your concentration during prayers later but also leave you feeling gassy, bloated and constipated the next morning. And as Rujuta says, "The meal plan is more India specific and is rooted in eating local and fresh so please feel free to include your local delicacies even if you don’t see them in this plan."

I hope this may help some of you. 
Do remember me and my family in your prayers. :)


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