One of my most amazing Sahurs (breakfast) that I’ve had during Ramadan, was in a mosque in Qatar. We had just finished praying a long night prayer, and is was during one of the last days. The women told me to stay. The started to put out plastic on the floor, just like we had one long table. Then the delivery of food started to come. Home delivery, but home made food was delivered in huge containers to the mosque. Women sat and ate together, shared this blessed meal of sahur and were so in peace and so united. My only problem was that I didn’t had my coffee thermos with me, but however, a local fast food restaurant outside had coffee for me at 3am in the morning. Alhamdulillah
I’m not that into eating rice and chicken for sahur however, neither sugar-ish stuff. Because, sugar will put my blood sugar into a roller coaster, and this is the last that I want. Especially not when I’m fasting. Instead, I use to eat a normal breakfast for sahur, just like a breakfast I ate any other day. A well balanced breakfast that normally includes oats and eggs. Oats will give me good carbohydrates, that my brain and body needs. And some yummy protein and good fat, that I also need for building up my body and stay full. Protein are the building stones of the body.
Attached to this newsletter, I’m very pleased to share 28 Healthy and Simple Sahur Recipes with you. So you’ll get inspired to find healthy alternatives, that goes quickly! Because during Ramadan, at least for me, I don’t want to spend time in the kitchen. Rather, I want to have time to read and to be outdoor reflecting and chilling.
It’s important for many reasons to eat the predawn meal, and there is a blessing in eating sahur, because the Messenger of Allah said:
“Take sahur, for there is a blessing in it.” [Muslim: 1905]
Naturally, it also makes it easier to feel well during the day of fasting, when you had a good breakfast as late as you can before starting the fast. Compared to if you would have a long iftar and eat in the evening and night only.
Do not neglect sahur: “It is a blessing that Allah has given to you, so do not neglect it.” [Nasa’i: 2164]
Another great advice that I like to share about your predawn meal is to eat and drink in moderation. As a general rule of thumb; if we eat more than we burn, we will gain weight. If we eat less than we burn, we will lose weight. Even if we are fasting, there might be an idea to consider what type of food you are eating, and in which amounts. Allah SWT says:
“Eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.”[Qur’an 7:31]
The Prophet SAWS also advices moderation in food and drink:
“There is no worse vessel for the children of Adam to fill than his own stomach, but if he must fill it, then let him allow one third for food, one third for drink, and one third for air.”
[A hasan Hadith, narrated by Ahmad, Tirmidhi, and authenticated as saheeh by Al-Haakim]
Similarly, it’s wise to be mindful about what signals the body is sending you after a meal and on a daily basis. If you get tired and bloated after a meal, you might want to check-in with yourself what you ate. If you on the other hand, are feeling full, energized and satisfied, you probably had a well balanced and healthy meal.
Energized, strong and healthy are positive affirmations that I want to feel as a Muslimah. Days that I’m not fasting, but also those days when I’m fasting. In order to do so, it starts with what I believe in and what I eat. Start with a healthy and nourishing sahur, and you’ll feel the positive effect this will give you, in Shaa Allah.
I hope you’ll enjoy the recipes, as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
Planning is key. Make your planning for Ramadan and the days you’re fasting now.
Finally, what do you take with you from this article? What do you use to eat for sahur, the days you’re fasting? Please share, I’d love to know.