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Caring during Ramadan

Ramadan is a month of fasting where healthy Muslims fast during daylight hours. If you have a caring role you may find some of these tips helpful to support you and the person you look after during the holy month.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a month of fasting where healthy Muslims fast from food and drink (amongst other things) during daylight hours.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, there are some circumstances where people do not need to fast during the month of Ramadan, including if the person is:

  • pregnant
  • on a journey
  • ill
  • breastfeeding
  • menstruating

People who miss days due to these reasons will need to ‘make up’ the days at a later date.  If someone is medically unfit to fast, they can recompense by feeding the poor and needy.

Looking after YOU

It’s important for everyone to make sure they manage their own health during Ramadan. If you are looking after someone, you may have to manage their health too. Simple things like planning in advance and ensuring your diet is healthy and providing enough energy for the day can make all the difference.

Keeping yourself informed of medical conditions which may be affected by fasting will be helpful - speak to your GP if in doubt.

Young carers

Young carers may have different issues  during Ramadan, whether it’s you or the person you look after that is fasting. It might be a little harder to manage school and caring.

Ensure you speak to your school to let them know that you or someone you look after is fasting - they may be able to offer you support or extend deadlines to help you stay on top of studying.

Further info and support

You can download our leaflet 'Looking after someone during Ramadan' which is full of practical tips and suggestions on managing caring roles during Ramadan. You'll also find some useful info here for working carers.

Looking after someone during Ramadan

 

Other organisations

And don't forget you can also visit the Surrey Muslim Association and Diabetes UK for more info.

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