Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis of how Muslims live their lives on the earth. The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity and making Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca. So, it is obligatory to fast in Ramadan in order to get its rewards from Allah. Fasting in Ramadan is important and it has the major following purposes:
1. Fasting in Ramadan defines a Muslim
2. Muslims devote themselves to their faith to get closer to Allah with fasting, worshiping, prayers etc.
3. Muslims abstain from sinful deeds and training ourselves to control our desires
4. Muslims learn patience and compassion
5. Muslims develop righteousness for attaining piety, reaping the benefits of the Night of Power and seeking forgiveness for past sins from Allah (SWT)
6. Muslims nourish their souls with worship and righteousness rather than only focusing on your physical body.
7. Muslims get or reap scientifically proved health benefits for fasting in Ramadan or fasting optionally any time such as: Boosting Mood, brain and mental clarity, body detoxification, curbing unnecessary appetite, regulating bad cholesterol, cutting body fat by using reserves, preventing heart disease and obesity, cleansing gut, losing weight, improving digestive system and metabolism,
Ramadan is time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. Normally, people will make a special effort to connect with their communities and reach out to people who need help.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset.
While fasting during Ramadan is mandatory for all Muslims, the Quran makes a few exceptions. Pregnant women, the elderly, menstruating women and those whose medical condition prevents them from fasting (for instance those who suffer from diabetes) are exempted from fasting. However, they are obligated to make up for their missed fasts, later when they are able to do so or they have the option to feed the poor. The month of Ramadan usually has 29 or 30 days. The number of days, again depend on the lunar calendar and the month ends when the new moon is sighted.
By:-Ibrahim Hassan Gagale