Ramadan fasting is an obligatory practice observed by the Islamic religion believers every year for about 29-30 days. This fasting is observed during the Holy month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. In this period, Muslims are advised to stay away from food, water, sexual practices and all other bad deeds. Also to stay away from medicines, fluids and all other drug addictions. Aside from the religious obligations upon Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, fasting has countless benefits and these include
Fasting is a powerful therapeutic process that can help people recover from mild to severe health conditions. It was suggested that Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate diseases such as Non-insulin dependent diabetes, essential hypertension, weight management, and for rest of the digestive tract includes lowering blood sugar levels, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the lipids profile. It was also suggested that patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether type 1 diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc. are exempted from fasting and should not be allowed to fast.
Fasting is obligatory for all healthy adult Muslims during Ramadan. The study conducted by the Kuulpeepsuds team suggested that during Ramadan fasting increased gastric acidity is often noticed, exhibiting itself with symptoms such as a burning feeling and heaviness in the stomach and a sour mouth.
Fasting during Ramadan also gives people the chance to reset their metabolism forcing the body to work harder during the hours of no food and water.
Muslims believe that fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink. Fasting also includes abstaining from any falsehood in speech and action, abstaining from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing, fighting, and having lustful thoughts. Therefore, fasting strengthens control of impulses and helps develop good behaviour. This purification of body and soul harmonizes the inner and outer spheres of an individual. Muslims aim to improve their body by reducing food intake and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Overindulgence in food is discouraged and eating only enough to silence the pain of hunger is encouraged. Muslims believe they should be active, tending to all their commitments and never falling short of any duty. Muslims describe a feeling of inner peace and tranquillity. This involves restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing one to serve as a good Muslim and a good person. It serves as a means to sharpen our awareness of God and gives strength and self-control.
Ramadan fasting encompasses direction to develop spiritual, moral and social values. It is the message of equality amongst the individuals of the society. The poor are given attention and benefit from charity and the faithful practice of the concept of neighbourhood and hospitality. Apart from helping to achieve purity of body and soul through this process of self-purification, addressing these areas of social significance is bound to help people shed all those things which are not socially desirable. The practice of the concept of neighbourhood is equally important. The neighbourhood concept ultimately extends to the world and beyond.
In conclusion, Fasting is a practice that has been associated with a wide array of potential health benefits, including weight loss, as well as improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention social and psychological benefits.
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