HEALTH GUIDE DURING RAMADAN – Book Sample
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Islam offers an exemption to the sick from observing their fast during the Holy month of Ramadan.
Some patients may be able to fast if their health is not adversely affected during the period of fasting. In such cases, advice from doctors about changing prescriptions to equally effective drugs that have reduced dosing, such as sustained release formulations, may be beneficial to the fasting Muslim. In all cases of illness, it is recommended that Muslim patients, if they do fast, do so under medical supervision.
The month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to focus on bringing back a balanced and healthy lifestyle in your life
Ruling of the Sick in Ramadan
Anything considered as food or drink will void fast (break the fast). Among the things that break the fast are things that are classified as being like eating or drinking, such as taking medicines and pills by mouth, or injections of nourishing substances, or blood transfusions.
Anything that gets into the stomach will void fasting (break the fast) Injections that are not given to replace food and drink but are used to administer medications such as penicillin and insulin, or tonics, or vaccinations, do not break the fast, regardless of whether they are intra- muscular or intravenous.
Types of Illnesses
Acute (Short-term): Recovery is expected shortly
Examples: Pneumonia, Strep throat, Gastroenteritis and others
If certain that fasting will make the illness worse or delay recovery then OK to Break the fast and make up the missed days
Chronic (Long-term): Recovery unexpected
Examples: Diabetes, Kidney problems, heart disease
If told fasting will affect the condition then person should not fast and should offer Fidiah “Kaffarah” (expiation/compensation) by feeding a poor person with half a Saa’ (~1.5 Kg “3.3 Ib) of food (may give it at once, on one day or to feed a person every day)
Why You Need to See Your Doctor Before Ramadan ?
For those who have chronic illnesses and take medications on a regular basis, they
need to see their doctor (whom they trust “Muslim/Non-Muslim”) before Ramadan starts for the following reasons:
- To ensure your ability to fast
- To adjust your medications dosages if necessary
- To change frequency of medications to accommodate fasting schedule
- For close monitoring of your health condition throughout the month Ramadan
The Followings Will NOT break the fast
Insertion of a catheter into veins for diagnostic imaging or treatment of blood vessels in the heart or other organs.
Use of a laparoscope (instrument inserted through a small incision in the abdomen) to examine the abdominal cavity or to perform operations.
Taking biopsies or samples from the liver or other organs – so long as this is not accompanied by the administration of solutions.
Gastroscopy (endoscopy and colonoscopy) – so long as this is not accompanied by the administration of solutions or other substances.
Introduction of any instrument or medication to the brain or spinal column.
“70 Matters Related to Fasting” by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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