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Many members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan which, in 2015, takes place between 18 June – 17 July 2015.  It is common to have one meal just before sunrise and an evening meal after sunset during Ramadan.  During hot weather, dehydration is a common and serious risk.  It’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water.

If you start to feel unwell, disorientated or confused, or collapse or faint, advice is to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid.  This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/ high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment.  The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that breaking fast in such conditions is allowable under Islamic Law.  Also make sure to check on others in the community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan.

The Department of Health has produced guidance to help ensure that members of the Muslim community have a safe and healthy Ramadan.

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