What is Fasting?
Fasting Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. It means abstaining yourself from food, drink, sexual intercourses and any destructive behavior from Fajr (dawn) till Maghreb (sunset). Allah says: “so now you may have intercourse with them, and seek what God has ordained for you. Eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appears clear from the dark line. Then fast until the night falls” (Quran 2:187)
Fasting is obligatory on all adult Muslims. Allah says:” O who you believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon who was before you so that you may practice taqwa” (Quran 2:183)
And also He says: “so when you see the new moon you should fast the whole month” (Quran 2:185)
What is the wisdom of Allah from obligating fasting on us?
First, Fasting allows you to understand the purpose of life. Allah didn’t create us to fulfill our personal pleasures. But He has created us to worship Him. “I haven’t created the jinns and men but to worship Me” (Quran51:56)
Second, The verse of surat Al-Baqara “O who you believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon who was before you so that you may practice taqwa”. It trains you to practice Taqwa.
So What is Taqwa?
Taqwa means guarding yourself against the punishment of Allah by not falling into future sins. At dawn all what you focus on is your fasting in the coming day. So that you may not fall into a mistake that may nullify your fasting. Fasting trains you to practice taqwa. As you are focusing on what is coming. You are focusing on the future sins.
Third, Giving up halal in Ramadan during fasting makes it easier for ourselves to give up haram outside Ramadan, this is another wisdom behind fasting Ramadan. We are taming ourselves in Ramadan so that we can have control over it through the year.
Forth, Fasting, if done right, is beneficial to your health. The question here is how to do it the right way? What is meant by doing it right is eating healthy, don’t shock you stomach with food full of carbohydrates after not eating for a long time, this will cause bad digestion.
How to make fasting beneficial to your body?
Start your meal with some natural sugar like dates to increase your sugar level and drink plenty of water, it also is a sunnah of prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, Anas Ibn Maalik said: “The prophet (S) used to break his fast with fresh dates before he prayed. If he did not find fresh dates then he would use dried dates. If he did not find that also he drank a few sips of water.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood), Then go and pray Maghreb and when you return eat healthy food. Keep in mind that Ramadan is not a month of eating, it is a month of worship, so don’t sit all the time between Maghreb and Fajr eating, this is not good for your health or your Eman.
It rests your digestive system. It helps in the detoxification of your body, improves insulin sensitivity, improves your immune system, breaks you eating pattern, increases your metabolism and helps in losing weight. Read 10 tips to healthy during Ramadan.
Allah will never obligate something on us without a wisdom behind it, and without being beneficial to us. Everything Allah legislate is beneficial to us as persons and so to the society as whole. Fasting benefits each individual. The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said:”Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me. and I will reward him for it.”
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