Fasting on Ramadan may cause severe health problems, medical experts inform now that the holy month of the Muslim community is about to begin. On June 18th, more than 1.6 million Muslims in North America and Canada will deprive themselves of food, drink and physical contacts to attain a higher state of morality.
The entire Muslim community residing in western countries is getting ready to start the holy month of fasting known as Ramadan. The Ramadan begins this Thursday, on June 18th and will last for the following 29 – 30 days.
According to the data provided by national authorities, there are currently around 1.6 million Muslims living in western countries. They will most likely observe the fasting rules of the Ramadan as they are fervid practitioners of this religion.
Many online apps have been released to help Muslims keep track of their praying and fasting intervals. The majority of them feature alarms that let users know when they should pray or not. Moreover, these online programs enable users to keep a track of the fasting hours they have to observe each day as the intervals may vary from one region to another.
Based on the information provided by these programs, the biggest fasting interval per day that Muslims have to observe is in Europe. Danish Muslims have to refrain from food, water, smoke or sex for 21 hours each day. At the opposite pole, is Argentina, where Muslim inhabitants will only have to fast 12 hours and 21 minutes per day.
These apps have been described as incredibly useful by the entire Muslim community, but non-Muslim users have also praised them. They have been featured with temperature information, as well, so Muslims in South African states, for instance, would know that they are facing the hottest temperatures in the world.
Doctors inform that fasting during the warmest periods of the year may pose various health threats and risks. In their opinion, the Muslim community in the South Africa and Pakistan are the most subject to health problems, as lack of water and food may cause people to become severely dehydrated.
People who deprive themselves of food and liquids on a long period of time, may experience nausea, heart arrhythmia, loss of consciousness and headaches. For that matter, medical experts advice Muslims to reduce sun exposure as much as they can and to use every opportunity they have to rest.
As soon as the sun sets, Muslims are allowed to eat and drink, but their meals contain only certain ingredients that are known to enhance the body’s endurance throughout the fasting period. Doctors further recommend religious people not to exaggerate and consume large intakes of food as these may lead to stomach problems and indigestion.
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