Ten reasons why fasting during Ramadan can lead to a better you
- 17 May 2018
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Muslim woman walking in the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Getty Images/Patrick Foto
For many Muslims, the earliest memory of Ramadan is of parents talking of how the holy month is a time for prayer and fasting. For some, this is still all they know: you fast from dawn to dusk, have reduced working hours so you can rest, and get together with friends and family over iftar.
Contrary to the teachings of Islam, during Ramadan, people who are fasting often show irritability, impatience and a general sense of entitlement. This is far removed from the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH), who displayed the finest qualities of human behaviour even while fasting.
Ramadan is about a lot more than just fasting and prayer, and it is meant to culminate into more than just Eid. A better understanding of why Muslims fast will enable us to properly benefit from the act of fasting physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
1. INSPIRING FAITH
Abstaining from food and drink simply because it has been ordained is proof of our faith towards Allah. It strengthens your iman and brings you closer to Him.
2. EMPATHISING WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE
Fasting from dawn to dusk gives us a glimpse of what those less fortunate than us have to go through. We can, for a short while, feel the pain and suffering of others who live through such difficult circumstances throughout their life.
3. BETTER APPRECIATION FOR WHAT WE HAVE
There is so much that Allah has given us that we take for granted. Fasting makes us appreciate the blessings of Allah in our lives and teaches us that real devotion and closeness to Allah lies in the simple things and not in extravagance.
4. SPIRITUAL EDUCATION
From childhood, Muslims are taught to accept the teachings of Islam and follow the path that Allah has set out for us. This unwavering devotion and trust in Allah is transferred to other situations in life that we may not be able to control but still have to accept. We learn to put our faith in Him and trust that He will provide relief from our problems just as He gives us the means to break the fast.
5. STRONGER WILLPOWER
Fasting develops a fighting spirit in your mind. The motivation and dedication you need to fast shows you what your mind can do when put to the test. It strengthens your resolve. Bad habits that you find difficult to get rid of during other months will become easy to let go of during Ramadan.
6. DEALING WITH NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
When your body is deprived of food and drink, your mind reacts negatively. You become irritable and vent at the people around. Fasting helps you deal with negative emotions like anger, pride and entitlement. The effort it takes to control the pangs of hunger and thirst teaches you to control your other emotions as well, especially those that are harmful to you.
7. SENSE OF PATIENCE
No matter how long or hard the day might be, there will be a sunset, and Allah will bless you with food and drink. You just have to be patient and keep a calm mind while waiting. The reward at the end enhances our joy and teaches us that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
8. LEARNING TO FORGIVE
Fasting inculcates a sense of humility in a person, showing him that there is no power greater than that of Allah. True salvation lies in forgiveness and a sense of brotherhood with your fellow man.
9. VALUE OF TIME
The month of Ramadan is an excellent time to train yourself to schedule your day. Waking up in time for suhoor, making sure you are ready for prayers during the day and at the table for iftar helps you to learn the art of balancing your life between deen and your worldly duties.
10. CLEANSING THE BODY
On the physical front, fasting is like detoxification for the body. Fasting allows the body to clean itself, getting rid of all the impurities, leading to a cleaner, healthier system. It allows the body to rest and readjust its functions, emerging stronger and healthier.
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