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What Should I Do During Ramadan if I Have an Eating Disorder?

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Fasting from dawn to dusk requires self-control, patience, perseverance and faith. Muslims celebrate Ramadan because it is an essential pillar of their faith. The purpose of the holy month of Ramadan is to bring Muslims closer to God through spiritual reflection, to be more generous in giving alms, and to engage in good deeds.

WHO Is it permissible to fast in Ramadaan?

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Although fasting is obligatory for all Muslims, there is one exception to this rule. Children, pregnant women, menstruating women, the elderly, the sick and travelers do not need to fast, but make up the fast later when they can afford it. However, if they are unable to make up the fast (due to old age or a chronic illness which is not likely to get better) then they should give fidyah (religious donation) to the needy.

Ramadan fasting and eating disorders

Within the Muslim community as a whole, the notion that the sick are exempt from fasting is limited to those who are “physically” ill. By default, when one hears the news of an illness, one is automatically forced to think about a physical illness such as cancer or diabetes. However, we must recognize that mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, also fall into the realm of illnesses, and that people who suffer from eating disorders are also considered exempt from fasting.

People with eating disorders use random eating habits to deal with difficult situations or feelings. It is important to remember that eating disorders are not just about food, but about feelings. The most common types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, benign eating disorder, and dietary disorders.

The exact cause of the eating disorder is generally unknown, as there are various factors at play that can develop over time. It could be either genetics or biology because some people may have genes that increase their risk of eating disorders. Biological factors, such as changes in brain chemicals, can play a role in eating disorders. The second is mental and emotional health. People with eating disorders can have psychological and emotional problems that can contribute to this condition. These can include low self-esteem, perfectionism, emotional attitudes and troubled relationships.

How To Visit In Ramadan With Eating Disorders

It is not easy to walk on one’s own path in Ramadan while battling an eating disorder. It can cause severe depression and anxiety during this holy month which makes it difficult to focus on other normal activities, it also hinders the growth and development of people of all ages. Some people gain too much weight, which leads to self-loathing and hatred of one’s body image. Due to a severe lack of confidence and a desire to constantly doubt oneself, it can have a negative effect on one’s social life and relationships. Even everyday activities become increasingly challenging and everyday tasks, office or school tasks seem difficult.

As Muslims, we understand that our trials and tribulations are from God, and while accepting His divine plan, we must also acknowledge that the purpose of religion is to bring us closer to our Creator.

Having a hard time with food can be overwhelming, especially during Ramadan. In many ways, fasting can contribute to slipping into dangerous eating habits, which poses a significant risk to one’s health. In this case, consult a medical professional on whether fasting is beneficial for personal eating disorders.

Eating together at the dinner table during Iftar and Sehri also helps in dealing with the ailment. Friends and family should support and encourage the habit of looking at and appreciating all body shapes, sizes and types. The unhealthy obsession with lean bodies and food culture is extremely dangerous, and it is the responsibility of every Muslim to compassionately encourage this person to seek treatment.

As Muslims, we understand that our trials and tribulations are from God, and while accepting His divine plan, we must also acknowledge that the purpose of religion is to bring us closer to our Creator. Fasting is not a means to an end. During Ramadan and otherwise there are many ways that can bring you closer to your faith. Participating in good deeds, praying, asking for help, and taking care of one’s mental health is always considered a form of practicing one’s faith.

If a Muslim is unable to fast, he should never feel inferior, but should acknowledge that Islam is meant to make our lives easier, not more difficult. Strengthening your relationship with God during the month of Ramadan means working towards restoration by asking God for His love and guidance in times of trial and turmoil.

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