Celebrating Ramadan: The Beauty of Fasting
It’s the Holy month of Ramadan, a blessed month. We have been blessed with every little thing Allah gives us, and fasting is just one more little big present of his because it not only helps us build our faith, but also provides countless other benefits.
The Beauty of Fasting
- #1. Fasting initiates rapid weight loss with little or no hunger. Once the ‘ketosis’ of fasting sets in, it becomes quite easy to go without food.
- #2. It promotes detoxification. As the body breaks down its fat reserves, it mobilizes and eliminates stored toxins.
- #3. Fasting gives the digestive system a much needed rest. After fasting, both digestion and elimination process are rejuvenated.
- #4. Fasting promotes the resolving of inflammatory processes.
- #5.It helps in controlling allergic reactions, including asthma and hay fever.
- #6. Fasting promotes the drying up of abnormal fluid accumulations, such as edema in the ankles and legs and swelling in the abdomen.
- #7. It corrects high blood pressure without drugs. Fasting will reduce blood pressure to a safe range within two weeks or less in a vast majority of cases. And the blood pressure will remain low after the fast if the person eats correctly and starts living healthily.
- #8. Fasting makes it easy to overcome bad habits and addictions. Many people have overcome tobacco and alcohol addictions by fasting, and even drug addictions. Fasting rapidly dissipates the craving for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other drugs
- #9. Abstaining from unhealthy food clears the skin and whitens the eyes. It is common to see skin eruptions clear while fasting, and the whites of the eyes never look so clear and bright as they do after a fast.
- #10. Fasting restores taste appreciation for wholesome natural foods. People say that their taste buds come alive after fasting and that food never tasted so good.
- #11. The perfect gateway to a healthful diet and lifestyle, going on a fast gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to make a fresh start and commit yourself to a new and better way of life.
- #12. It shrinks the stomach… not in a harmful way, but restoring it to its normal size. People tend to be satisfied with less food after fasting.
- #13. Recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory. Therefore, I encourage you to fast in the month of Ramadan, but they must do it under medical supervision. Healthy adult Muslims should not fear becoming weak by fasting, but instead it should improve their health and stamina.
Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. In the Qur’an, Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may “become righteous” (Qur’an 2:183). This restraint and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitudes stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.