Staying Healthy During Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
Ramadan in 2022 is predicted to fall between 2nd April 2022 and 1st May 2022.
At The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we want to support our patients and colleagues in staying healthy during Ramadan.
Fasting (or “Sawm”)
Fasting (or “Sawm”) is one of the 5 pillars or obligations of Islam. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are obligated to fast everyday between sunrise and sunset. It’s also a time for helping others, self-reflection and evaluation.
However, it is important to remember that some people are not obligated to fast, including:
- Children (under the age of puberty).
- Older people.
- If you are sick.
- If you have a learning disability.
- If you have a mental health problem.
- If you are putting your health at risk by fasting (people with diabetes can fall into this category).
People who cannot fast can contribute by providing food for others or by making donations to people less fortunate. Some people can postpone their fasting until a later date for the following reasons:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you are menstruating.
- If you are travelling more than 57.5 miles each day where fasting is difficult.
Ramadan and Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic will mean what is traditionally a time when people come together as a community will, again, be different this year, with congregational acts of worship again limited to combat the spread of the virus.
The safest and most effective way to protect yourself, your family and those around you is by having a vaccine when you are offered it by the NHS.
The British Islamic Medical Association has confirmed that having the Covid-19 vaccine does not invalidate the fast. In addition, the vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products. You should not to delay having your first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, if you are offered it during the holy month of Ramadan.
People are also being reminded to continue taking their prescribed medicines during Ramadan, but to check with their GP if adjustments need to be made.
Further information on staying healthy during Ramadan can be found here:
- Diabetes UK – Ramadan and Diabetes
- Muslim Council of Britain – Ramadan Safety Guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice
- Ramadan Timetable 2022 | Muslim Aid
Finally we want to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim patients and colleagues!