At Barts Health, WeCare about people Staying Healthy during Ramadan. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. This year, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar starts on or around Sunday 5th May 2019 and lasts until around Tuesday 4th June 2019.
The Trust aims to encourage people to fast safely. Find out how to stay healthy in Ramadan.
Muslim adults are required to fast from dawn to sunset, but those in poor health or who have deteriorating health, the very elderly and mothers who are breastfeeding are exempt from doing so.
People who suffer from any chronic illness or health complication are advised to speak to their GP to see if they can safely fast during Ramadan. If fasting is not recommended by the GP, they should speak to their local Imam. Imam can then advise them that there are ways they may be able to get the same reward as fasting.
Yunus Dhudwala , Head of our Chaplaincy Service at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “Ramadan is a very important spiritual month for Muslims and fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam that is practiced during the month. Although everyone will want to fast, patients who suffer from any chronic illness or health complication should consult their health professional prior to fasting, to see if they can do so safely during Ramadan.
“Remember that Islam enables you to avoid fasting if your health is likely to deteriorate and it will be un-Islamic to make your health worse due to fasting.”
Professor Tahseen Chowdhury, Consultant Diabetologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “Many people in the area hope to fast during the month of Ramadan. It is important, however, that if you have significant health problems such as diabetes, heart disease or kidney problems, you consult with your GP, nurse or consultant and seek advice on whether or not it is safe to fast. Many health conditions can be seriously affected by fasting.”
Our Muslim chaplains are on hand to support, educate and advise patients and staff, contact:
- The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals on 020 3594 2070
- Newham and Whipps Cross hospitals on 020 7363 8053