O you who believe[d]! Is prescribed for you [the] fasting as was prescribed to those from before you, so that you may (become) righteous ((learn) self-restraint).(Quran 2:183)
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that w ill give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.(Quran 2:184)
Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.(Quran 2:185)
There are 3 reasons why Muslims fast: Religious, Social and Scientific
1) Religious: Its mentioned in Quran (2:183-185) to fast as it was prescribed to fast so that we attain Taqwa (to stay away from Haram and attain righteousness).
It gives spiritual feeling and closeness to Allah (GOD), and motivates and encourages person to stay away from sins, do good deeds to please Allah and ask for forgiveness from our sins and to show mercy on us and grant us Jannah (Paradise). Fasting provides tranquility of the heart and mind. The goal of fasting is to teach patience, discipline, modesty and spirituality.
2) Social: The month of Ramadan teaches us how it feels to be poor and hungry and one becomes aware of the hardships of the poor and the needy. A fasting person acquires the virtues of empathy for others, feels for them and it enkindles in man a spirit of SACRIFICE leading to CHARITY towards poor people.
3) Scientific reason: Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used for medical reasons.
- Fasting Promotes detoxification
- Fasting Rests Digestive System
- Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
- Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar
- Fasting Increases Fat breakdown
- Fasting Corrects high blood Pressure
- Fasting Promotes Weight loss
- Fasting Promotes Healthy diet
- Fasting Boosts Immunity
- Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions
The original meaning of ‘sawm’ is to be at rest. We give rest to the gastro-intestinal tract, the sexual organs, the tongue, the eyes and ears, etc. The transit time for a bolus of food from the mouth to the end of the large intestine, calledcolon, is about 12 to 14 hours.
In fact, fasting is an additional safety device for the regenerative processes of the body. The repair processes of the body and the brain, including the memory molecules take place when the body is at rest, especially during the stage of deep sleep. Sleeping during Ramadan is much deeper than in other times. Two hours of sleep during Ramadan are more satisfying and refreshing than more hours of sleep otherwise…