We are blessed to be able to fast once more in this blessed month of Ramadhan, which is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
Apart from the tremendous amount of blessings, practicing Muslims stand to receive as a reward for their fasting purely for the sake of Allah, our Supreme God Almighty, we also get a chance to reap the huge benefits that comes with the physical act of fasting in the true sense.
The fasting that we Muslims do differs so much from the type of ‘fasting’ of others. We do not take even a drop of water or food unlike others who do drink water or partake of some food during their acts of fasting.
Apart from our total abstinence of food and water, we also try our level best to avoid any acts that will nullify our fasts such as engaging in any harmful, wasteful and sinful behaviors.
Yet we carry out our acts of worship both obligatory and supplementary to reap the immeasurable rewards that are bestowed upon fasting Believers by Allah the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful God of us all.
Let us now watch this very informative video which shows us the many health benefits that we get when we fast.
I would like to share with you the contents of an article published by IlmFeed and written by Mr. Tom McGregor, author of Eating in Freedom.
In Ramadan, Muslims fast for a lunar month everyday from dawn till sunset. Here are some interesting information about what happens to your body when you fast for 30 days.
Detoxification Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)
On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.
Detoxification Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)
Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases.
You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.
Detoxification Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)
You will experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting.
If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised. During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency.
As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a re-occurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier.
The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.
Detoxification Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)
The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed.
After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.
SubhanAllah what great health benefits are there are in fasting. But let us remember, our main intention should be to please Allah the All-Mighty. Insya Allah..
This article was written by Mr. Tom McGregor, author of Eating in Freedom.
As you can see, such are the tremendous health benefits to be obtained when one fasts according to the requirements of our Islamic faith. A healthy body would usually be accompanied by a healthy mind. That also depends on the individual. What form of lifestyle that he or she is living?
What faith? What principles? What values?
If one is truthful and rational, one will find Islam to be the only faith that is revealed and accepted by Allah the Supreme Creator of all the universes.
“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.”
It is Allah Who created us. He Knows best what is good for us and what is not. Allah bestowed upon us the Freedom of Choice and Willpower. He granted us the ability to acquire knowledge and our five senses.
But Allah didn’t just create us and left us to our own. He sent to us countless prophets and messengers. It started with our Father, Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam to whom Allah Himself taught Adam of Tawheed and Aqeedah plus all other necessary knowledge and information concerning Life.
Knowledge which was to be used here on Earth even though Allah created Adam from earth and clay taken from all parts of this planet, up there in Jannahtul Firdaus, the highest level of Paradise!
Fasting which is amongst the major tenets of being a Muslim has many benefits to a Believing Servant of Allah regardless of gender, social status, age and level of intelligence.
It is not imposed upon those who have yet to reach the level of maturity, who are sick and infirm , hospitalized patients who need to be taking medicines, of unsound mind, women who are menstruating, breastfeeding mothers, spastic persons and the incapable elderly who have reached an extreme age.
Spiritually, those of us who fast and do so in accordance with what Allah and His Messenger enjoin upon us, we should rest assured that we will be rewarded by Ar Rahman with His Forgiving us of our errors and rewarding us in the Yaum al-Akhirat @ Hereafter with the following benefits.
Abu Huraira, Radhi Allahu `Anhu reported many authentic Hadiths @ Sayings of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam in this regard. We will mention few of them as they carry the same meaning.
The Prophet said that your Lord said, “Every (sinful) deed can be expiated; and the fast is for Me, so I will give the reward for it; and the smell which comes out of the mouth of a fasting person, is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.” [Bukhari]
The Prophet said, “Allah said: The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from Hell) and there are two pleasures (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.” [Bukhari]
The Prophet said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” [Bukhari]
He also said: “Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward, each good deed receiving ten times its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Most High said: ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me’.
For the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time of joy when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of Musk.” [Muslim]
The greatest reward is, of course, Paradise. this will be covered under the section “Ramadan; a way to Paradise”.
More authentic Hadiths relating to Fasting can be found here.
From my understanding of the authentic Hadiths of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, those of us who fast purely and sincerely for the Sake of Allahu Ta’ala can rest assured that Our Almighty Supreme Creator will save us from the Hellfires and grant us entrance to His Paradises according to our Deeds and no one can deny us of His Promises. Insya Allah.
Knowing that Fasting is so beneficial for us both physically and spiritually ought to reassure us that Allahu Rabbul Alamin only wants the best for us by commanding us to strictly carry out our fasting during this blessed Ramadhan and He is All Aware of all that we do.
Not a jot escapes His Attention and He will duly reward or punish us in the Akhirat.
Now, let’s see what nullifies one’s fasting?
Ramadhan comes only once every year. The blessings and rewards that one gets by fasting during Ramadhan is priceless beyond our imaginations. Wallahi!
We can fast the whole year long but it can’t replace the virtue or value of a single day of Ramadhan!
In fact during the last 10 days of Ramadhan comes a night called ‘Lailatul Qadr’.
Those who carry out their fasts as per what the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam taught us and remain in worship during the nights of Ramadhan and are fortunate to be amongst the ones in prayer to Ar Rahman will be rewarded with Allah’s Absolving of all their past sins.
Lailatul Qadr or the Night of Decree (Power) is worth more than a thousand months of total worship.
Watch this video to understand the Significance of Lailatul Qadr explained by Dr.Zakir Naik, the current Muslim world’s most articulate Caller to Islam.
Mankind especially Muslims need to know just how much Allah the Absolute, the Eternal Supreme Creator of us all loves us who obey Him!
He rewards us in multiplications that even the Malaikats @ Angels can’t comprehend for the Rahmah @ Grace of Allah is so overlapping, so immense that only the pious, devoted servants and worshipers of Allah will realize in the Akhirat @ Hereafter on Judgment Day.
The purpose of Ramadhan is that by the end of this holiest of months, you will be connected so much more to Allah than you ever were before. All through the year, you would have been so occupied with work and other worldly pursuits that might have taken up your time.
Now, dear friends, brothers and sisters is the month to reap our rewards. This is it. We are so lucky to be alive now in Ramadhan. Let’s make the best of it and hope to Allah that He accepts our fasts, our acts of worship. That He watches over us and sees to it that we will receive His Mercies right till the Day of Judgment and eventually end up in His Heavenly Paradises.
May this Ramadhan be amongst the best of Ramadhans’ that we are gifted to enjoy. The peace and blessings that Ramadhan brings is truly amongst the blessings that Allah bestows upon us.
Alhamdulllah. Thanks be to Allah, our Most Merciful God.