Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Muslims fast as an act of faith and worship toward Allah. Earthly pleasures, evil intentions and desires are the worst enemies of Muslims, and in Ramadan, Muslims get the chance to get rid of them for the sake of Taqwa.
Ramadan Al Karim is the ninth holy month in the Islamic Hijri calendar and is dedicated to fasting for Muslims worldwide. This month is observed explicitly for fasting and many good deeds like big prayers, zakat provision, public Iftar arrangements, and much more. Millions of Muslims worldwide start their fasting according to the time of their region; before dusk, they stop eating, and they break their fast at sunset along with maghrib prayers.
Fasting is mandatory for all healthy adult Muslims. There are exceptions only for children, the elderly, the sick, pregnant or menstruating women and people travelling. But those who are older enough need to complete the count once they are able enough to fast.
Benefits of Ramadan
Fasting is not just starving yourself from dawn to dusk; it is something more than that. Fasting heals you spiritually, mentally and physically.
How does fasting help us physically?
We are Allah’s creation, and one day, our bodies will return to Allah. This means that our bodies are Allah’s Amanah (trust) on us, and we must take care of this Amanah. Fasting helps us to keep this promise; here is how;
Fasting keeps obesity in check
It promotes heart health
Your immunity increases when you fast
Fasting also helps prevent certain health conditions like neuro-generative disorders and helps control the body’s cholesterol levels.
It helps in getting rid of toxins from the body – it’s a form of detox.
Our brain controls our hunger and cravings for food, and yes, fasting helps your brain take control of your appetite and cravings. Fasting not only enables you to improve your relationship with food but when we share food with others during Ramadan, it will give us the joy of sharing food.
In our fasted state, the mind becomes sharper and more focused. As our body starts getting rid of toxins and becomes efficient our mental capacity increases.
Without the distraction of food and cooking, we are able to focus on other aspects of our lives.
How does it help us spiritually?
Allah has made fasting obligatory for the entire Muslim Ummah, and no one can deny this fact. By fasting, we not only obtain the happiness of this world, but we also prepare our deeds for the afterlife. Here is how:
Fasting increases our Taqwa
It helps us feel the pain of hunger for those who cannot feed their families.
Protects us from the fire on the Day of Judgment
Fasting is not for showing off, but fasting is something that brings us closer to our Creator. It is already mentioned in the Holy Quran that the one who fasts only for the sake of Allah will be rewarded by Allah Himself in the afterlife. So if you haven’t made any preparations for this month, start now because this is the best time to be rewarded physically, mentally and spiritually.
This month is also the best time to reap rewards and focus on helping the less fortunate. If you haven’t already, you can start by calculating and donating your Zakat using our Zakat Calculator.