Ramadan is due to begin on Wed 13 April. The last day of Ramadan, Eid al - Fitr, will begin on Wed 12 May*
* dates are approximation on the sighting of the moon
Ramadan in lockdown
This year, Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, falls during a period of lockdown and social distancing, where you may have experienced some unforeseen changes to your exam and assessment schedules.
If you decide to observe Ramadan this year, we hope that you can maintain the essence of Ramadan despite social distancing. During this period, we understand that it may be a little harder than usual for you to concentrate.
The combination of long days with the possibility of higher temperatures, and the changes to how learning, assessments and exams are conducted during this time, may put extra pressure on you.
We at the College want to ensure our students look after themselves during this time.
Plan your day with a timetable as far in advance as possible, so you can schedule organising your relevant coursework, revision, rest, daily exercise, prayer and meals in the most efficient way possible. By planning in advance, you will know how you best revise and organise your work early on, which should help you maximise your efficiency.
Suhoor: Meal before the sun rises
Try not to miss this very important meal. Good food options: porridge, dates, banana, boiled egg with sautéed spinach, yogurt and berries, muesli, smoothies, watermelon, fruits, juices, water. Staying hydrated is vital to your health, wellbeing and cognitive performance. If you experience headaches or drowsiness, this could be a sign of dehydration.
Iftar: Meal after sunset break fast
Open your fast with dates and fruit; eat in small quantities and slowly. Good food options: grilled chicken, vegetables, salad, baked fish, quinoa, chickpeas boiled with chicken curry, tuna steak, salmon, hummus and carrots, grilled bean burgers, herbal tea.
Rest and exercise
Rest when you can: ensure you are as well rested as possible. Although fasting can make you feel lethargic, getting as much sleep as possible will help you manage this.Try not to exercise until after you break your fast. Limit physical exertion and stay indoors or in the shade. This is particularly relevant if you have an online exam that you plan to complete in the afternoon. Do not eat foods that are fried, have high salt content or sugary foods.
Evening meal options
When it comes to breaking fast, try to eat a balanced meal. Again, planning for this is important. This would be a meal that contains the proper proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water necessary to maintain good health.
Mental health and wellbeing support
There is a wide and diverse range of opinions as to how to observe Ramadan. Be kind to yourself. Remember to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during this time.
If at any time you feel coping is hard with the combination of study, fasting and the lockdown, remember we have the Together All service which is free and confidential - more details are here Click here to access Together All
The Muslim Council of Britain has published online guidance to help you cope with the restrictions of lockdown during Ramadan.
Wishing everyone who is observing a safe and well Ramadan.