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How to Fast Ramadan While Having My Final Exams?

09 March, 2023
Q Salam Aleikom. I am graduating from high school and my exams are. Of course, I do not want to not fast the first 2 weeks of Ramadan, but at the same time these exams are really important as my future depends on them. I am afraid fasting would affect my performance. What shall I do?


In this counseling answer:

• Trust in Allah that you will make it through Ramadan.

• Make duaa.

• Make a schedule for your Ramadan obligations as well as your school obligations.

• Ensure that you eat healthy, energizing foods after magrib and especially for suhoor. Also, stay hydrated throughout the evening.

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As-Salamu ‘Alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It is one that a lot of students worry about.

As your future depends on your exams, your future also depends on your commitment to Allah (swt) and your successful completion of Ramadan.

Trusting in Allah (swt) that you will make it through Ramadan, while at the same time doing well on your exams, is faith.

I kindly suggest that you make du’aa’ that Allah (swt) give you the strength, mental clarity, and energy to sustain your studies and exams. Allah (swt) is most merciful.

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I further suggest that you ensure that you eat healthy, energizing foods after magrib and especially for suhoor.

Also, stay hydrated throughout the evening and prior to beginning the daily fast.

Getting the proper rest is also vital to our body repairs itself and re-energizes during sleep.

Make a schedule for your Ramadan obligations as well as your school obligations. Try to omit things in your daily schedule that can wait.

If you organize your day and know that Allah is most merciful to His servants who seek to worship Him and sacrifice during Ramadan, you may find this much easier than you thought.

May Allah (swt) grant you ease, and we wish you a most blessed Ramadan and successful completion of your exams.



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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.