Ramadan is a period of worship and a month of blessings. This is an influential motivating factor for Muslims. The objective of fasting has been made very clear in the Holy Book:
“O you who believe! Fasting is enjoined on you, as it was enjoined on those before you, that you may become pious.”
Fasting is a common practice practiced by Muslims all over the world. The holy month of Ramadan, which falls during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. But do you know what the health benefits of fasting are?
Let’s take a closer look at the science behind Ramadan fasting and how it can improve your overall well-being.
Hadith about Ramadan Fasting
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have stated this by Abu Hurairah:
“Worship Allah and worship none other than He; perform the obligatory prayers (five times a day) exactly as ordered; pay the obligatory Zakat; and fast during the month of Ramadan.”
Detoxification of the body
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that
“When Ramadan enters, the gates of mercy are opened,”
and science confirms that fasting during Ramadan is beneficial for the body. Recent research shows that fasting during Ramadan can help the body get rid of toxins and strengthen the immune system. It has also been found to improve mental clarity, reduce stress and anxiety, and reduce inflammation.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Fasting during Ramadan has also been found to affect cardiovascular health positively. Studies show that it can reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, fasting during Ramadan can help lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation, resulting in improved cardiovascular health.
Fasting throughout Ramadan benefits one’s digestive health and way of life. After one month of cleansing, the human body has naturally detoxified. In addition, it maintains a healthy heat output and acidity levels in the stomach.
Furthermore, fasting during Ramadan has been found to affect weight management positively. Studies show fasting during Ramadan can help reduce body fat and improve body composition. This is due to the increased metabolic rate during fasting, which allows the body to burn more calories. Additionally, fasting during Ramadan can help to improve food intake regulation, reduce cravings, and suppress appetite.
Aids in the treatment of Alzheimer
The cognitive and behavioral problems that Alzheimer’s patients’ experience intensify over time, and there are currently few effective treatments. Outside of medications and treatments, fasting is gaining popularity as a viable therapeutic approach.
Now that we have discussed the medical benefits of fasting, it is an excellent time to point out its spiritual benefits. While fasting has no doubt been prescribed for medical reasons, there are other reasons for which this was ordained by Allah (SWT). These include:
The Quran and Hadith also encourage fasting during Ramadan to cultivate patience and self-control and help Muslims become more aware of their shortcomings and strive for self-improvement. Fasting is seen as a way to train the soul and bring people closer to Allah.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said:
“Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.'”
(Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 118).
Taqwa (Faith) is Enhanced
The Islamic concept of taqwa is “piety and awe of God,” along with awareness of Allah and the truth. The word is used frequently throughout the Quran. A profound sense of self-restraint is conveyed, as the angels are ever-vigilant guardians. Fasting also makes it easier to think about Allah and avoid accidentally going against the rules He has set. Consequently, people take the initiative to steer clear of destructive behaviors.
A route to heaven and safety from hell
On the Day of Judgment, only those who have fasted during Ramadan will enter paradise through the gate of Ar-Rayyan. People are inspired to enhance their voluntary fasts in anticipation of Ramadan by virtue. According to Muslim scholars, fasting for even one day can save a person from eternal damnation in hell.
The Quran (2:183) states, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” This verse highlights the vital role of fasting in personal growth and spiritual development. Ramadan is a time to look inward and think about yourself. It’s also a way to get more self-disciplined and has more compassion for those in need.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also taught that fasting is a way to achieve taqwa, or consciousness of God, and attain nearness to Him. He said, “Fasting is not only abstaining from eating and drinking, but also from vain and obscene speech. If someone slanders you or behaves badly towards you, then say: I am fasting.” (Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 118).
In conclusion, Ramadan fasting is a valuable opportunity for Muslims to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual health. Whether it’s through weight loss, improved cognitive function, or increased spiritual awareness, the benefits of Ramadan fasting are numerous and far-reaching. Why not embrace this ancient tradition and experience the transformative power of Ramadan for yourself?by