5 ways to keep fasting during your Ramadan travels
Ramadan is one of the five compulsory pillars in Islam that Muslims have to fulfill. It is definitely a test of patience and conscience, particularly for avid Muslim travelers. Now, travelling and fasting can be a challenge during Ramadan. In Islam, fasting is not compulsory when traveling long distances more than 90 kilometres, But for those who are keen to observe Ramadan even while on the go, our team at Fayyaz Travels have gathered tips on how to make the best of your unique experience.
1. Take note of your travel duration.
Traveling in general requires planning your entire itinerary ahead of time. It becomes even more important when you choose to observe Ramadan while traveling. The best is undeniably to pick a flight that is not only short, but also in between iftar (sunset) and fajr (dawn). That way you can avoid fasting while in transport. If you are on for a long flight, you should have your iftar or sahur after arrival instead. But there is nothing wrong with sticking to your fasting rituals, even up on air; in fact, it takes the challenge to the next level. This is why travel duration is very important. An easy-going and flexible itinerary is recommended, since you will need every ounce of energy during your trip.
2. Inform your airline or travel agent in advance.
If you choose to fast during your travels, you must inform your travel agent and airline provider in advance. This includes finding accommodations close to Muslim communities or mosques during lengthy transits. Also find accommodations that may accommodate special requests such as halal food for your iftar and sahur needs. Should you book a trip with Fayyaz Travels, our assigned agent can also give you suggestions on halal eateries near where you will stay during transit or at your destination. Take note that some mosques would even provide sahur or iftar meals for free so be sure to ask about this as well.
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3. Pack some emergency snacks for sahur and iftar.
Skipping out on sahur is always a bad idea, especially when you’re flying off somewhere far from home. Though you may be fatigued to stick to eating before sunrise, omitting sahur is like going through the desert without any water. It’s the last thing you should do unless there isn’t any other choice. The first thing you should do before you board your flight is to stock up on light snacks in your bag. Once at your destination, head to the nearest supermarket or 24-hour convenience store to get some. Be particular about your macro count. See to it that you are buying foods that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates. Whole-grain bread with peanut butter and fruits are a safe bet. Why not pack some dates too? They keep you energized while also helping with headaches. Be sure to have plenty of hydration as well so stock up on bottles of plain drinking water, as well!
4. Know when to break your fast.
Islam has a special concession whereby it’s not compulsory for travelers to fast. But that does not mean that you can’t take up a challenge to stick to your Ramadan observation. Should you want to push yourself to do it, then the best thing to do is to be sure of the time you are to break your fast. If it is mid-flight, then the best option would be to check in with the time of the country you are crossing. If unsure, then it is always reasonable to follow the familiar duration practiced back at home.
5. Bond with other Muslim passengers.
The best thing about fasting while traveling is that you would probably meet other Muslims experiencing the same scenario as you, on the go. It always feels welcoming whenever you can connect with other Muslim travelers who you share the same ideals and principles as you. When in-flight, be sure to bond with other Muslim passengers so fasting up in the air feels more bearable. Also try to find out where Muslim communities at your travel destination. Chances are, you are going to the same places as them during the holy month. You can even join in the taraweeh prayers at local mosques and prayer sites to experience the local Muslim movement first-hand. Do this, and you best believe that your Ramadan trip is memorable.
Planning a long-distance trip during this holy month of Ramadan, but not sure how to go about it? Let our travel agents at Fayyaz Travels help you come up with an optimum plan that ensures you see the world while also staying on top of your religious obligations.