Ramadan Muburak

15 May 2018

Royal Life Saving Society WA works within our state’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities, as we aim to reduce the overrepresentation of these communities in drowning statistics. Many of those we work with are part of the Muslim faith, for whom Ramadan is being celebrated at this time of year.

This celebration, during which Muslims observe a month-long fast, can pose some challenges for those who are involved in sports - including our swimming and water safety programs - due to the fasting which affects energy levels, dress requirements and attendance at religious events.

The Department of Sport and Recreation and Communicare have collated the below tips to help sporting clubs ensure their environment is inclusive for those taking part in the Ramadan celebration.

  • Muslims believe that this month is filled with blessings, and it is appropriate to wish them. Friendly words in any language are welcome, such as “I hope you have a blessed Ramadan,” or “may you have a peaceful Ramadan”. There are some common or traditional Arabic greetings that you can use, or might come across: “Ramadan Kareem” (Noble (or generous) Ramadan) or “Ramadan Muburak” (Blessed Ramadan)
  • During Ramadan Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset with common practices including the fasting of both food and water, prayers, and recitation of the Quran/Koran (Islamic Holy Book) by Muslims. Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking the new lunar month’s start.

Impact of Ramadan on Sport and Active Recreation

  • The fasting of food and water will mean that Muslims observing this will have less energy during the period of fasting.
  • Religious events during this month may clash with training or game times, this does not indicate a lack of interest in the child’s participation.
  • Dress requirements; many cultures require certain dress standards to be worn at all times. Although most clubs are not opposed to making exceptions to the uniform to accommodate these (e.g. head scarf and long pants), many families are not aware of this. Ensure you let members know that cultural dress modification to the uniforms are welcome.
  • Fear of discrimination; this can happen through careless comments from other parents, on the field and between players. Your club’s rules and actions when an incident occurs are important.

Some tips to stay healthy during Ramadan

  • Avoid dehydration; load up on water before fasting, even when you’re not thirsty. You should be having at least 2 litres per day (or 8 big glasses) – avoid salty or sugary foods that will make you thirsty.
  • Don’t skip breakfast – Suhoor (pre-fast meal before sunrise) is at roughly 4.30am – don’t be tempted to press the snooze button! Make sure to have at least 2 glasses of water, and have some complex carbohydrates and protein and high water content fruit. Oatmeal with milk, eggs on toast, fruit salad are great options to start the day.