Importance of fasting in month of Ramadan

This month comes once in a whole Year. Muslims are blessed to keep fasts during this month while obeying Allah’s commands. Holy Quran has laid much importance on keeping fasts.

Holy Quran Says:

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint”. That is why fasting is important as it teaches patience, tolerance and stability in our personality. Fasting is one of the most important pillars in Islam. Muslims are required to observe fasts with dedication.

Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Islam is based on Five principles and to observe Fast during the month of Ramadan is one of them”

Blessings of this month

A true believer’s sustenance increases during this month as Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “… It is the month in which a true believer’s rizq (food, money, etc.) are increased….”

The reward of prayers and good deeds increases by seventy times in this month.

Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:

“… Whoever performs a fardh (obligation), shall be given the reward of seventy faraaidh (obligations) in any other time ….”

When you help a needy person, aid an old person in picking up his/her belongings ultimately rewards increase for these things in month of Ramadan.

Hadith Says:

“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.”

Don’ts During month of Ramadan

This month is not only to refrain from eating and drinking. A Muslim should also avoid bad deeds. Such as Backbiting, speaking ill of others, quarrelling and abusing. Instead say, ‘I am observing Fast’ and avoid it.

Benefits of Fasting

  1. Protection from committing sins
  2. Teaches us patience and self-discipline
  3. Improves fitness
  4. Reduces Obesity and decreases the risk of diseases.
  5. Boosts mental performance

Ramadan, the month of blessings comes with a lot of benefits. It is a great worship and protects from blazing hell fire and committing sins.

Holy Prophet (PBUH):

“Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins”.

It also makes a Muslim learn about Self-Discipline. By praying, we get closer to Allah. We also do good spiritual acts that ultimately become a source of relief for us.

Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “…. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting……”

As in the whole day, we don’t eat and drink hence our body gets a chance to utilize fats stored to convert into energy the body needs the whole day. It helps in reducing our weight and makes body fit. Obesity is a cause of so many diseases such as Diabetes, blood pressure and many more. By keeping fast lessens the risk of obesity. Therefore, reduces risk of associated diseases.

It improves cognitive performance as you have not have not the activity of eating whole day; you can use your mind elsewhere and do tasks accordingly.

Helping Poor and needy

Those who spend in way of needy people, Allah bestows lot of bounties on them. A Muslim must give Zakat and Sadqah during this month as it is then returned in manifold times by Allah.

The Quran Says:

 “You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend”.

(O Prophet!) Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending.

This highlights emphasis on Sadqah.

Holy Quran Says:

“Establish Prayer and dispense the Purifying Alms (Zakat) and bow in worship with those who bow”.

Giving Zakat is so much important. It is an Obligation from Allah. Not only to help poor people but also to provide help to those people who have to pay their debts, it is an expenditure in way of Allah.

The Prophet said:

 “If any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird or an animal eats, it counts as a charity for him.”

Abbas related that a man asked the Prophet, tell me what should I do to be admitted to Paradise and Prophet answered:

 “Worship Allah associating nothing with Him, observe Salat, pay Zakat and strengthen the ties of kinship”.

Therefore, it gives relief to your soul while obeying Allah’s commandments.

Preparing Healthy Iftar

As our stomach is empty from the time of Sehar, hence healthy iftar must be prepared. That will fulfill your need as well as also remains consistent with your taste. It is also recommended not to take immediate in-take of food. It should be taken in with a few minutes break otherwise it can upset your stomach.  For Instance, Fruit Chat, Fruit Salad, Dahi Baray etc.

Fried eatables also look tempting at iftar time such as samosay, rolls etc but not to take much of them as they can result in obesity. It is so beautiful that a Muslim’s table gets filled with so many bounties at the time of Iftar. He should be thankful to God for this.

Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:

“There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person……”.

Eid-ul-Fitr

As a reward for observing fasts, Allah grants Muslim with this festival of Eid-ul-Fitr also known as Meethi Eid. Relatives, friends and loved ones meet and greet each other on this day and spend this day well with them. People start shopping for Eid during this month and when Eid is near and also on Chaand Raat as well. It is celebrated on the 1st of Shawwal.

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