Can You Drink Water During Ramadan?


  • In Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking water or eating during their fast.
  • Dehydration is more likely to occur if you fail to drink enough water in between fasting periods.
  • During non-fasting hours, you should consume water-rich foods, like watermelon, to stay hydrated.
  • Palm dates contain potassium, which provides electrolytes and aid in fluid balance.

 

Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan. This lasts for one month and includes intense prayer, fasting, and nightly feasts. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is regarded as one of the highest forms of worship. 

Following the Prophet Muhammad’s example of abstaining from earthly pleasures is considered important. Exercising restraint over evil intentions and desires is also highly praised. These are considered signs of submission and obedience to Allah. They are also means of atonement for sins, errors, and mistakes. 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is the month of fasting. During this month Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk.  They abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual activity. They also avoid anything that they consider to be impure or excessive in their religious belief system. This is done the whole month, from the time the sun rises in the east until the time the sun sets. 

Should I drink water during Ramadan?

During the fasting period, consuming food or drinks is not permitted. This is in accordance with Islamic fasting regulations. In order to achieve this, one should abstain from drinking water or any other liquid during the fasting periods in the month of Ramadan.

This means that those who are participating in the fast must consume all of the fluids they require prior to and following the hours of the fast. They must also avoid accidentally swallowing any water while performing daily activities. These include brushing your teeth, taking a shower or bathing, or swimming during the fast. This has the potential to render the fast invalid.

It is permissible to consume the fluid contained in medical injections (such as the coronavirus vaccination) or eye drops (for those suffering from glaucoma) while fasting.

External preparations, such as treatment, moisturizing, and beautification are allowed. This is regardless of whether the water is absorbed through the skin or not. As long as the person does not swallow them, they are not breaking their fast. 

 

When should I drink water during Ramadan?

After becoming severely dehydrated, you must break your fast and consume something to prevent further dehydration. Lightheadedness, dizziness, and disorientation are all signs of dehydration. So are headaches and fatigue. It’s possible that you will pass out.

 

Are there health risks if I don’t drink water?

It is more likely that you will suffer from dehydration if you did not drink enough water prior to beginning your fast. Sweating is caused by strenuous activities carried out while fasting or in hot weather, which causes the body to sweat. This contributes to the loss of water in the body.

 

How do I stay hydrated during Ramadan?

Drinking four glasses of water prior to the start of the fast and another three or four glasses at the end of the fast is recommended. This amount must be increased to factor in the additional water loss while sweating.

When you are not fasting, keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Make sure to also keep a bottle of water beside your bed to sip on throughout the night. Small amounts of water should be consumed at each time.

Fruit juice is a popular beverage for breaking the fast. However. nutritionists advise against drinking fruit juice, especially if you are trying to lose weight or have blood sugar control issues. This is due to its high sugar content. 

 

What is the best way to stay hydrated?

The best way to stay hydrated is simply by drinking at least 8 cups of water per day. 

That being said, many foods can help to contribute to your hydration status. Cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, courgette, and peppers are all high-water-content foods. These should be consumed in order to maintain adequate fluid intake. 

Other high-water-content foods include melon, strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple, peaches, and oranges. Additionally, cooked rice also contains a significant amount of liquid.

Prevent consumption of caffeinated beverages such as tea, coffee, and cola in the hours before you fast. This is due to the fact that caffeine is a diuretic. Therefore, when you drink it, you may lose more water through urination.

 

Role of palm dates in preventing dehydration

To break the fast, it is customary to consume a few dates and a glass of water. When combined, both of these are excellent options to help prevent dehydration.

Dates contain natural sugars that provide instant energy. Water also happens to be the most hydrating fluid available. Dates are high in potassium, which helps to keep the body’s fluid balance in check.

In addition, dates are a nutritional powerhouse. They contain muscle-building amino acids, vitamin A, B, and C, and a wide range of minerals including potassium, magnesium, selenium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, copper, and many others. 

However, dates are primarily composed of simple carbohydrates, mainly glucose and fructose. Because of this, they should be consumed in moderation as should all foods.

Besides the fact that they are delicious, dates are an excellent remedy, especially when fasting. Their high carbohydrate content aids in replenishing depleted carbohydrate stores quickly. They also help in suppressing sugar cravings, thereby assisting you in maintaining control of your appetite throughout the day. This is especially important during Ramadan.

Fasting is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During this Holy Month, Muslims all over the world abstain from smoking, drinking, or engaging in sexual activity. It is more likely that you will suffer from dehydration if you do not drink enough water prior to beginning the fast. Drinking two glasses of water prior to the start of the fast and another one or two glasses at the end has been recommended by some authorities. 

High-water-content foods such as melon, strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple, peaches, Fruit Dates, and oranges should be consumed.

Summary

Dehydration is common during fasting, especially if you do not consume enough water and foods with a high water content before beginning fast. During fasting, no drinking or food is permitted.  As a result, everyone should consume an adequate amount of water and high-water-content foods before beginning their fast.  

Numerous foods, such as dates, lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes, can help prevent dehydration during Ramadan. However, in severe cases of dehydration, breaking fast by drinking water is permitted to save a life.

Written by:

Dr. Faisal Rasheed, MD

Physician

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