Ramadan is a holy period of fasting, prayer, community, and self-reflection. During this time, it is believed that the spiritual rewards of fasting are multiplied.
5 people who are not permitted to observe Ramadan
Ramadan season has started for many Muslims except for these five people.
Muslims abstain from food, drink, tobacco products, sinful conduct, and sexual relations while keeping themselves pure with prayer (salat) and studying the Quran.
While every Muslim observes the mentioned principles during Ramadan, some members are exempted from fasting also known as Sawm.
For medical, health, and religious reasons, the following individuals are exempted from Sawm.
- Chronically ill
Here's how you can support them during this time.
Some women may experience inner conflict around this time because they are torn between not opening up about their period and being caught eating during Sawm.
One beauty blogger Sophia Jamil told BBC her experience saying, "my mum used to tell me, if you're on your period don't tell the men, only the girls know. So whenever I was drinking water and saw my father coming I would put the glass down and walk away. When my brother caught me I literally had the bite in my mouth and he stared at me. My brothers would try to catch me eating in order to embarrass me."
It is essential to respect someone's privacy and show compassion rather than judgement during this period.
Some people may be struggling with chronic illnesses that they can't open up about. So it is important to approach certain situations with care rather than seeing them as violators of their own faith.
Although fasting is a big part of the Ramadan season, there are other principles to observe that are just as important. Practice self-compassion and love during this period if you are dealing with any challenges that may interrupt your participation.
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