Fasting in the Islamic Perspective
Fasting is one of the five great responsibilities of Islam, It was made mandatory for the Muslims in the second year of Hijri. Ramadan, the Islamic holy day of fasting celebrated by Muslims around the world, falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. More than 1.6 billion Muslims all over in the world are fasting for a month. Islam focuses our attention on the real purpose of the fast. While were Fasting, Hunger, thirst, self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, sexual activity, Training, and maturity to quench the cravings and prevent all sinful acts.
The hunger and thirst provide the opportunity to understand the extent of the hunger of the poor and to show mercy to them. It also helps to alleviate the highs and lows of society and anger with one another Procrastination also promotes self-discipline, self-control, and emotional maturity in peaceful and intelligent solving. And it is as generous as giving someone else something you need when you need it who makes philanthropy.
Every Muslim devotee willingly volunteered for their devotion to Allah. It is a great thing to keep fast. Fasting enables man to have a special relationship with Allah. It is difficult for anyone to know whether one is fasting or not because only Allah knows it. Others can be seen when someone is engaged in other activities. For example, performing Prayer can be seen by others as payment of Zakat, but it is not possible to identify are they fasting. It is obvious that there is a specialty of fasting. The Hadith of Qudsi is mentioned as,
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (ﷺ), who said: Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: Fasting is Mine and it is I who give reward for it. [A man] gives up his sexual passion, his food and his drink for my sake. Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of him who fasts is better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of musk. It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah).
The Benefits of Fasting
Fasting in addition to its religious obligations to Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, there are also health benefits. Fasting to better cardiovascular function and vascular well-being through improved weight management and healthy blood cell regeneration is a way to keep young, fit, and healthy.
1. Better Health by Fighting Inflammation
2. Blood Sugar Control by Reducing Insulin Resistance
3. Enhance Heart Health by Improving Blood Pressure, Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels
4. Boost Brain Function and Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders.
5. Aids Weight Loss by Limiting Calorie Intake and Boosting Metabolism
6. Increases Growth Hormone Secretion, Which Is Vital for Growth, Metabolism, Weight Loss, and Muscle Strength.
7. Could Delay Aging and Extend Longevity
8. Aid in Cancer Prevention and Increase the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy
The Eid-Ul-Fitr Festival is one of the most significant and special events for all Muslims. It is not a festival that has anything to do with any historical event. This is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the month after Ramadan. The Ramadan festival is called Eid ul Fitr. The Eid al-Fitr festival begins with the seeing of the new moon, which often varies from country to country. After fasting for 30 days or 29 days, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for the purpose of breaking the fast and enjoying the festivities, because fasting is not permitted during Eid Festival day.
Since this is a religious festival, Muslims around the world celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and celebration is different in every country because of the influence of their traditions. Eid Al Fitr celebrates Eid Al-Fitr prayers with the opening day. After the prayer, the Muslims greet each other with greetings and celebrate Eid with friends and family. As part of the Eid celebration, greeting each other as a mark of friendship, men embrace other men, and women do the same with other women. Also, take a little snack before going to the Eid prayers in the morning.
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of `Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to eat an odd number of dates. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
According to the Muslims, this is the holy month and they believe that Allah’s mercy is given in the first part of the month, in the middle of the month the forgiveness of Allah and the last part of the month which brings freedom from the fire of Jahannam (Hell). Also, they believe that the doors of the Jannah (heaven) are open and the doors of the Jahannam are closed. Allah’s mercy is abundant and He speaks day and night and must act with enthusiasm and expectation. To that end, their acts of worship will not become empty shells of uncertain and unwilling obedience. Allah gives to those who wish to receive. This Ramadan celebration is different from our previous ones. We may never get a chance again. Therefore, we celebrate this Ramadan with all the people of the world in peace and happiness.