PRLog - June 16, 2014 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mubarakah Ibrahim has fasted in the month of Ramadan since she was 7 years old but never during the longest, hottest days of the year. Ibrahim, a Muslim American and personal trainer is taking this year’s fast serious but she fears that other Muslims will make light of the physical challenge of fasting 15-17 straight hours with no food or water and suffer health issues or simply suffer. Ibrahim, an internationally recognized health and fitness expert, who has advised Muslims on wellness related issues all across the globe, including being contracted by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to host a health and wellness summit at the University has written the first ever guide to such fast titled “The Ramadan Suvival Guide: Practical Health and Fitness Advice For Observing Fast During In the Summer”
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Muslims all across the world will be fasting from sunrise to sunset, with no food or drink during the Islamic month of Ramadan, which is estimated to started around June 28th, 2014. In many parts of the world, incliuding North American this will fall during the longest and hottest days of the year. Although the concept of going with out food and drink sounds like some extreme diet plan Ibrahim advises Muslims against trying to make it into one. “Many Muslims try and use Ramadan as a time to to lose weight, detox or increase their physical exercise and all those things paired with the obligation of not eating or drinking is a recipe for diaster.” says the former Oprah Winfrey Show guest who was called “The job you’d never expect by Oprah Winfrey when she appreared on her show talk show “Thirty-Something in America”. “The risk of becoming malnutrient, suffering extreme fatigue, dehydration and even passing out is very real and may happen more often if Muslims are not conscious of the physcial and nutritional requirments of such a stenous fast.”
Ramadan runs on a lunar calendar and comes 10 days earlier each year, rotating it throughout the seasons and having it fall in the summer months only every 35 years. Muslim under 40 years old have never fasted during June and July and are feeling unsure about fasting such long hours. “Most Muslims, especially “new Muslim” are baffled on how to fit in enough water, or what to eat that will both sustain their energy and keep them full as long as possible during the day. The key is to make sure you eat meals that are nutrient dense and drink water in 20 minute intervals. I wrote the guide to give people the exact plan to ensure a healthy and safe Ramadan”. Ibrahim says she released it as an e-book to give Muslim immediate access to the information.
The 37 year old entraprenuer who was invited to the annual Ramadan Iftar dinner at the White House and had the distinct honor actually sit directly next to President during the event says “Fasting this year will require more than just faith and prayer, it will require a plan and preparation”.
The Ramadan Survival Guide can be purchased online at www.RamadanSurvivalGuide.com