As the mother of all month’s approaches we have this yearning desire to out do ourselves where the ground is fertile. To achieve maximum benefit in terms of output we may want to take a look into our input levels as well:
1. Water, water, water!
While this may be redundant, it is important to ensure that you meet your daily water intake during Ramadan. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water during the non-fasting hours to prevent dehydration. You may drink fresh juice, coconut water and herbal teas.
2. Avoid Caffeine
Those who may be used to enjoying their morning tea or coffee may opt to give into their caffeine cravings after Iftaar. However, having too much caffeine can be very dehydrating so it is best to limit the amount of coffee and tea. Fizzy drinks are no go zone.
3. Take the Qailoolah nap
Qailulah is the short nap (forty winks) some time after midday. It is a nap encouraged by Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم .
There are many benefits in qailulah. In fact in every act commanded by اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى there are benefits for man.
The Creator is fully aware of the requirements of the physical body and the celestial soul. All acts of Islamic ibaadat have been devinely designed for providing considerable benefit to both the body and the soul.
Furthermore, although these acts are for our own benefit, اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى in His kindess and mercy rewards us when these acts are executed with the intention of ibaadat.
With regard to qailulah, it is narrated in the Hadith:
– Take a nap (i.e. Qailulah), for verily, shaitaan does not make qailulah
– The nap at midday increases intelligence.
– Seek aid with the food of Sehri for the fast of the day, and with qailulah for the Salaat of the night.(Tahajjud)
The Mashaaikh say that qailulah without performance of Tahajjud is like Sehri without fasting. Qailulah is at any time after midday preferably before Zuhr salaat.
Even western researchers claim that there is considerable benefit in the afternoon nap. In a recent press report, it is mentioned:
“They found snoozing for just one hour in the day is enough to increase the brain’s ability to learn new facts in the hours that follow.
Medical researchers have shown that power naps not only refresh the mind, they also make people smarter.
Dr. Matthew Walker, a psychologist at the University of California, who led the study said: “Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness, but at a neuro-cognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap.”
Modern science are only discovering new beneficial phenomenas which was devinely commanded by اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى and taught to us by Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم more than 1400 years ago. How fortunate is this Ummah.
4. Eat a healthy Iftar
Breaking your fast with dates and the blessed water namely Zam Zam is the Sunnah method to energize the body to get ready for the lovely nightly engagement (Ibaadah) with one’s Sustainer, Allah Ta’laa. Fruits and vegetables are key. As guilty as we are, we should strive to minimize on fried foods.
Try to have a balanced meal with proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates to leave you feeling satisfied and well nourished.
5. Do not neglect Suhoor (Pre Fasting Meal)
Abdullah ibn al-Harith Radhiyallahu Anhu reported: A man among the companions entered upon the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam while he was eating the pre-fasting meal. The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, said, “Verily, it is a blessing that Allah has given you, so do not abandon it.”
Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 2162
عَنْ عَبْد اللَّهِ بْن الْحَارِثِ عَنْ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ دَخَلْتُ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَهُوَ يَتَسَحَّرُ فَقَالَ إِنَّهَا بَرَكَةٌ أَعْطَاكُمْ اللَّهُ إِيَّاهَا فَلَا تَدَعُوهُ
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6. Dates is A Must for Suhoor
Hadhrat Abu Huraira Radhiyallahu Anhu reported: Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “The most excellent pre-fasting meal of the believer is dates.”
Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1399
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ نِعْمَ سَحُورُ الْمُؤْمِنِ التَّمْرُ