Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”
The rule of thumb of the amount of food to be consumed at the evening meal which follows is that it should be no more than is usually eaten at that time. In fact, if it is, the fast is technically invalid. Again one has to review what one’s goal in Ramadan is — to bury his head deep into a nose-bag full of food every evening after sunset and snore his nights away or to eat a light but nutritious evening meal and use the precious nights of Ramadan for dhikr [remembrance] and fikr [reflection].
The following is a guideline to the types of food which will enhance the natural purifying effect which the fastalready has on the body and which will increase the one who incorporates them into his diet in energy, clarity and awareness:
1. Use as much as possible pure and organic foods, uncontaminated by artificial flavorings, colors, and preservatives.
2. Avoid eating too much meat too frequently. The Prophet, Sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, ate meat only twice a week. Needless to say it should be halal, but it is also recommended to find a source of free-range animals and to have as close a control as possible over the actual killing.
3. Include lots of vegetables and raw fruits in your diet.
4. Avoid overdoses of starches, particularly excessive amounts of polished white rice — use whole grains when possible and then not too much of them.
5. Avoid too much sugar and substances containing caffeine — they will unbalance the delicate endocrine system of the body.
6. Pay attention to the order in which you eat different foods and the combinations of foods which you eat.
The medicine of the Prophet recommends limiting the number of different types of food eaten at one time as much as possible, and latest research has revealed that the reason for this is the stomach’s ability to produce
And finally, please do not forget me in your daily Du’a. May Allah bless you and make this month a success for all.
Muhammad bin Yahya.