IslamicHealth&Healing

Fasting for Health

Posted on: September 6, 2012

Bismillah hir rahman ir raheem – In the name of Allah, the kind, the merciful.

As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmat Allahi wa Barakatuhu – May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be on you.

Following a peaceful month of fasting and worship during the blessed month of Ramadan, I am back with a refreshed and energised healthier body, mind and soul. Also 7 pounds lighter than before, clothes looser, radiant skin and clearer mind. The previous Ramadan had resulted in a shifting of 10 pounds of weight which had been difficult to achieve with other methods of dieting and exercise.

Proof that fasting in Ramadan really is of great benefit in slimming!

Ramadan is the month of fasting for muslims and lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the moon.

Following that is the month of Shawwal, and an additional 6 days fasting during this month will be added to the reward of fasting during Ramadan. The reward is equivalent to one year’s fasting for those wishing to seek reward from Allah (God).

Fasting has long been known to improve health, and in Islam, the fasting process is stringent. The fast is a complete fast. That is, no eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. Only in this way can the body fully recuperate and recover. Disease causing toxins and poisons are cleansed out, and regeneration of cells and organs takes place.

Allah in His wisdom knows us best as He created us and gave us the prescriptions for health and for living life according to His guidelines.

That is why He gave a clear message in the Quran enjoining muslims to fast.

This Ramadan even non-muslims joined the muslims and were invited to break their fasts in East London. They were individuals with an awareness of the health benefits of fasting the Islamic way.

Apart from the health benefits, the muslim fast is also a mental one. The training and discipline of avoiding certain foods and lawful things which we take for granted results in a stronger mind, which is then able to control cravings and desires for things lawful and unlawful.

Fasting in Ramadan is ultimately – the most important aspect – the accelerating of the consciousness to connect with Allah and to increase in piety. The drawing away from material things and drawing closer to Allah is the ultimate success as Allah has power over all things and can redirect your life towards the achievement of a higher destiny in the next life:  the reward of Jannah (Paradise).

After Eid some of us are exhausted from the long nights of standing in prayer – again another physical endurance which strengthens us – but we recover soon after and are back rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for action.

Wa salaam – With Peace

Bano Younus

6 September 2012

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