Fasting Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. it‘s mainly to submit to Allah Almighty who set this legislation. Still, there are benefits of Ramadan fasting illustrated on our health, soul and spirit. Let’s purify your body, soul, mind, & heart by fasting.
Here we will learn the following:
What Are the Spiritual Benefits of Ramadan Fasting?
Spiritual benefits of Ramadan fasting is concerned with the effect of fasting and the Quran on the spirit, as well as the external universal changes happened in this month:
1. Charging the spirit
We only can charge this sophisticated part within ourselves, and live according to the laws of Creator. Only Allah Almighty knows how it properly works. Fasting and the Quran along with other acts of worship serve as the food and the harmonious language for this soul.
2. Bearing Quran fruits
Qur’an goes deep in this soul speaking with its worries, interests, and illnesses. It tells this soul about it future, and about how to save itself. Indeed, our Creator knows how powerful remedy Qur’an is.
Also, Allah encourages us to recite, understand and apply it. In addition, He stresses on the relation between Quran and Ramadan to give a condensed remedy for this thirsty soul to be able to continue in this hard life! The first verses of Qur’an were revealed in this month. God says in Qur’an:
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion…” [Quran 2:185]
3. Universal changes supporting the spirit renewal
Ramadan high spirit is due to what Messenger Muhammad said:
When Ramadan begins, the gates of Jannah are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
4. Forgiveness of sins
Fasting in Ramadan is a reason for Forgiveness of sins that hinder the human from elevating his soul.
5. Freedom from Hellfire; the dream of us all.
What Are the Psychological Benefits of Fasting Ramadan?
There are many benefits for fasting Ramadan seving as apsychological remedy. Among them are:
1. Regaining our will
Ramadan is a school for recharging human will annually. It comes to say: human without goal is nothing. One void of will is dead.
The Creator of this will knows best how it’s charged. The work of human is nothing in this context.
Once I watched a video speaking about human will. The speaker said that it is like a store. It needs to charge my will every time. At the end, he gave some useful tips to maintain it. Although the video was so powerful, after a while I feel I don’t even want to charge my store. Hence, my store of will became very low.
2. Achieving happiness and tranquility
Fasting Ramadan is one of worships satisfying Allah Almighty. The result of obedience is happiness and tranquility. In contrast, it’s not a surprise to know that many authors successfully wrote about happiness or self-development, then the committed suicide. To illustrate, there is a secret put in every one of us, i.e, the soul. No one can reach it and describe its remedy except its Creator.
3. Teaching Discipline
No discipline means no success. Ramadan is a month with intensive treatment for soul diseases. Are you suffer from arrogance, laziness, lack of motivation, or other diseases that restrain you from success in life? Then Ramadan is the striking point for the change. 30-day fasting teaches patience, try to give it a shot! Choose one challenge in your life to start to work on in Ramadan.
4. Helping us to achieve our goals
There is a chance in Ramadan to start a new year with high spirit and full-charged will, and hence to set a goal. Try to set a bad habit that you want to get rid of throughout Ramadan.
5. Gathering for worshipping Allah
Also, one of the supporting factors for the psychological remedy is the collective good deeds that facilitate the change of soul. There is extra congregational prayer (voluntarily), extra kinship ties, and extra poor feeding. In general, Muslims are hurry in good deeds at that month.
What Are the Medical Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan?
There are many benefits of Ramadan fasting on health. Some of them are:
- Reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Weight loss and increased energy levels
- Detoxifying: improving the function of organs whilst promoting a cleansed digestive system
- Controling diabetes
- Healthier Brain and Cognitive Function: The overall effects of fasting has a similar impact on the brain as physical exercise would.
Read this article for more: How to lose weight during Ramadan?
What Are the Benefits of Fasting Outside Ramadan?
Most of Benefits of fasting can extend to your fasting outside Ramadan:
- Fasting in Islam has a great reward from Allah Almighty.
- It keeps you away form the Hellfire.
- It helps you to promote your health and patience.
- Fasting helps you to keep away from adultery by controlling your desire.
Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) describes the high rank of fating in Islam saying:
“Every [good] deed a son of Adam does will be multiplied, a good deed receiving a tenfold to seven hundredfold reward. God has said, ‘With the exception of fasting, for it is done for my sake and I give a reward for it. One abandons his passion and his food for my sake.” (Agreed upon)