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Fasting in Ramadan and Its Benefits

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Fasting in Ramadan and Benefits of Fasting

Fasting in Ramadan and Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan:

Ramadan is one of the Beautiful and Holy months for Muslims. The whole Muslim community feels happy when this month is near. It is a month full of Blessings. It is a Wonderful Month whose starts Days are of Mercy, the Middle Days are of Forgiveness and the last ten days are seeking refuge from HellFire. It is the month of connection with Allah Almighty. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month when one of the holiest nights Laylat-Al-Qadr comes at the end of 10 days of Ramadan. Ramadan teaches Muslims patience and sacrifice. The Holy book Quran is revealed in Ramadan on our Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).Allah Almighty says in Quran:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.[Quran 2:185]

Some hadees related to this beautiful month were as follows:

  1. When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
  2. There are two occasions of joy for a fasting person: one when he breaks his fast, and the other when he meets his Lord, and the (bad) breath (of a fasting person) is better in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk. (Al-Bukhari)
  3. Whosoever fasts in Ramadan and then follows it with fasting six days of Shawwal, it is as if he fasts forever. (Muslim)
  4. Fasting is a shield; so when one of you is fasting he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice in anger. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: “I am fasting!” (Muslim)
  5. Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s sake, Allah will keep his face away from the Hellfire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
  6. The five (daily) prayers, and from one Friday prayer to the next, and from Ramadan to Ramadan are expiation for sins committed in between provided one stays away from the major sins. (Al-Bukhari)
  7. Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Do's of Ramadan

1) Prayers:

Muslims pray precious prayers during the whole month of Ramadan. Besides, from Five Namaz, they can pray nawafil. They can also pray Tarawih after Esha Prayer. Tarawih is an extra special prayer in which Muslims will read the whole Quran during the month of Ramadan.
2) Fasting:
Fasting is compulsory except for those who are seriously ill.
3) Charity:
During this month, charity is given to the Poors, the needy and others. Muslims also give zakat during this month which is the third pillar of Islam. Zakat is given according to the systematic approach which is 2.5% of the total wealth each year.
Recitation of Holy Quran: The recitation of the Holy Quran is a must during Ramadan. Adult Muslims read the holy Quran many times. Even children read the holy Quran daily.
4) Good Deeds:
Muslims want to do only good deeds in Ramadan. They stop themselves from doing wrong deeds. They follow to speak the truth, help others, spread happiness and listen to Islamic content.

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What is Fasting?

Fasting during Ramadan is very important and compulsory for Muslims. It is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is not important for children until they reach 10 to 14 years for girls, and 12 and 16 years for boys. But children having 6,7 and 8 years of age do fast in Ramadan happily as they enjoy and love to have the month of Ramadan. The fast begins at the dawn and ends at the sunset. Muslims do not have to eat during this time. They did a pre-meal which is called a sehri. It ends before the Fajr Prayer. Then, Muslims offer the Fajr prayer at the mosque. Then, when the Sunset time is near. They start eating or drinking when the Maghrib Prayer is happening. They just have to eat dates, drink juices, water, or even milk too. They have to pray five times daily. Besides this, Muslims have to stop themselves from evil deeds. They have to see good, listen good, speak good and act well during this whole month.

Benefits of Fasting:

There are huge benefits of Fasting in this world and the hereafter.

  • Hazrat Muhammad(S.A.W.) once said: "There is a door of Paradise named: Ar-Rayyan". From this door, The people who do fast will enter paradise."
  • Fasting helps Muslims to keep strong faith in Allah Almighty. Have fear of Allah and love of Allah.
  • It takes us closer to Allah Almighty.
  • It creates an opportunity for the Muslims to give zakat.
  • It brings the Muslim's Ummah closer and creates unity.
  • It teaches us patience, moral discipline and equality of human beings.
  • It teaches us punctuality.
  • It is very helpful for our Health. It gives a great contribution to the preservation of our health. It is also proven by scientific research.
  • It increases insulin sensitivity and decreases insulin resistance.
  • It can also reduce modest weight loss.
  • It stops the accumulations of wastes in the intestines and helps in excreting them.
  • Fasting can regulate the activity of the urinary and excretory systems which enhances their performance.
  • Fasting is a great benefit for Heart patients.

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