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spirituel benefits of fasting

Muslims seek Allah’s mercy, forgiveness, and salvation from the Almighty by praying and fasting. Muslims inspire to put more effort into succeeding in the ideas of Islam. If you are keen to know about the spiritual benefits of fasting then this guide will help you with fitting information. Also, visit our website “MiskShops” if you are a Muslim brother or sister, and interested to know about halal meats, halal food places, Muslim friendly things to do while traveling and so many more relative and educative content. 

According to the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) fasting has unique noble, spiritual and civil attributes. Fasting and praying are the main ways of showing worship to Allah the Almighty. If you start counting the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer, chances are, they will astonish you!

What are the spiritual benefits of fasting?

Fasting is one of the Islamic pillars and mandatory for all Muslims. Except for children below they hit puberty, the very old, the permanently sick, and more. Fasting is excusable for those with conditions like pregnancy, lactation, the blood of childbirth, menstruation, illness, and journey. Until the end of their reasons, it is permissible to postpone their fasting.

  • spiritual benefits of fasting Help to remember Allah

Fasting in Ramadan or any other day helps in getting close to and consciousness of Allah the Almighty. While fasting Muslims experience great satisfaction as they determine their deep love for Allah the Almighty by obeying His orders. The Noble Prophet, (peace and blessings be upon him) says, ‘There are two satisfactions for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking their fast, and the other at the time when they will meet their Lord.’

  • spiritual benefits of fasting Teach the worth of blessings

Allah the Almighty has decorated the Earth with various blessings and has given them all to humanity. Their livelihood comes from the Heavens through the trees, each of which gives a different fruit in a different season of the year and the Earth nurtures them with every sort of exquisite supplies.

It is said that ‘He has allowed you all that you would ask of Him. Should you attempt to count Allah’s blessings, you cannot calculate them. But humankind is ridiculously prone to extreme misjudgment and ingratitude’ [Ibrahim 14:34]. Allah, the Almighty, granted us countless favors but unfortunately, we are unaware of these gifts for the most part. Just like a fish that is in the sea but is unaware of the water, we are also blind to realize all the blessings upon us. That’s when fasting comes, it helps us to become aware of the blessings of Allah and to feel grateful about them.

  • A person learns how to economize

It teaches people how to maintain the economy, a form of behavior that Islam recommends. Fasting during Ramadan plays the role of a teacher who instructs us on how to economize. People who are addicted to purchase whatever they want without thinking much will learn to be economical and careful. No matter how thirsty or hungry they get, it is not permissible to eat or drink anything and have to wait until sunset. Believers are taught to save money through fasting, and their frugality leads to contentment.

  • Praises the soul

The body, as well as our sou,l has some requirements and desires. Physically a human body is comparatively small, but the soul is eternal. The incalculable movements, aspirations, feelings, dreams, thoughts, and ideas of humanity are like the basis of the universe.

Hence, worshiping is the greatest and the most divine way to reach Allah. It also does advance and develop the soul and capacities of such a being. Fulfill their wishes and ambitions, expand and arrange their thoughts, control their powers to lust and anger. Allow them to reach their preordained perfection and bind them to Allah the Almighty. Fasting is an act of worship, which contains all these characteristics. Our prophet says, ’There are aids for everything. Observing the fast is the aid for the body and observing the fast is half of patience.’

  • Controls worldly desires

In the Quran, Allah mentioned, ‘O you who believe! Fast is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may deserve Allah’s protection against the temptations of your earthly soul and attain devotion’ [al-Baqarah 2:183]. 

Human beings can prevent their souls from being rebellious to the Almighty Allah by training them to become a dutiful servant by fasting. While fasting they are capable of understanding that they cannot do anything unless they have the permission, that they cannot have even a sip of water without the permission of Allah and thus they realize that they are not the owner but rather the owned and they are not the master but the servant. In the end, they become aware of their endless weakness, and deficiencies, and thus prepare to knock at the door of the All-Merciful and the All-Compassionate gratefully. 

  • Teaches how to be trustworthy

Believers are taught to be trustworthy by fasting. Those who abide by the rule of Allah and fast, they know it very well that Allah knows what is in their minds and that He is the Knower of the Unseen, all that lies beyond sense and concept and are hidden to our perception.

  • Shows how to keep oaths and promises

Every believer will refrain from certain things for a specific period and thus prove that they are loyal to their oaths. Besides, by doing this, their sense of loyalty will improve and trustworthiness. This characteristic will become a part of their lives.

  • Teaches us contentment

It becomes a barrier between people who are fasting and the evil delusions that Satan continuously whisper into their ears. Believers get the strength by fasting to deny the carnal self and control of Satan over the body. For the believer’s faculties are kept from physical nourishment, sensual relations, and worldly affairs. In this manner, they free themselves of the pressures of their vulgar self and body and begin to lead a life of respect and dignity.

  • Patience

A major benefit of fasting is that it trains believers to master patience. Muslims undergo a period of training while observing the fast, as they do not eat when they feel hungry, do not drink when they feel thirsty, and patiently say, ‘I am fasting,’ when somebody is being mean or rude to them. Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Fasting is one half of patience, patience, too, is one half of faith’.

  • Endurance and determination

Those who observe fasting shield themselves from any calamities. They are capable of showing patience against the most basic sources of pain. Such as hunger and thirst and to adjust their bodies and souls to more sorrowful events and cases that they may have to face in the future. In the case of such a hardship, they will not easily lose the strength of their heart. They will work hard and fight against problems, difficulties, and torments.

Virtues of fasting

You will get to know about many authentic virtues of fasting here, we are hoping you will find these helpful.

  • The sleep of a fasting person is an act of Ibaadah.
  • Fasting is a shield and a strong fortress to save oneself from hell.
  • Fasting works as a shield and should not be full of lies and backbiting. If one breaks the rule, he shall face deprivation of the barakah of fasting.
  • When a person breaks his fast properly, it is permissible for him to make a dua with a promise of acceptance.
  • The person who feeds a fasting person at the time of opening fast will gain the same reward as that of the fasting person without there being any discrimination in the reward of the fasting person.
  • In a Hadith, it is said that on the very first night of Ramadan the doors of heaven open and they remain open right till the end of Ramadan. Every Muslim who offers Salat on any of the nights of this month accepts 2500 rewards for every Rakaat that he offers.
  • If a person keeps the first fast of Ramadan, all the minor sins that he had commits during the past year since the first fast of the last Ramadan will be forgiven.
  • For the person who is fasting, 70 000 angels will make dua for his forgiveness daily from morning till sunset.
  • If a person who keeps fast for 40 days solely for the pleasure of Allah the Almighty, shall have whatever dua he makes to Allah will be accepted.
  • A person who fasts on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of every sacred month, he/she will receive the reward of making ibaadah for 700 years.
  • There are four sacred months. Rajab, Zul Qa’dah, the first ten days of Zul Hijjah, and Muharram. A person who keeps three fasts in these sacred months, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, he/she will receive the reward of making ibaadah for two years.

What is Mini’s fast diet?

As reported by a breakthrough weight-loss program called the Mini-Fast Diet you are capable of losing a stone in six weeks by ditching breakfast. According to the scientifically approved plan, it promises the chance to lose weight without having to count calories or carbohydrates. The Mini-Fast Diet stabilizes all of the advantages of fasting but in a much shorter and less extreme way. You simply skip breakfast and eat normally for the rest of the day focusing on sensible portions of vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat, low-glycemic carbs.  You don’t have to count any calories. Also, exercising is the first thing you need to do in the morning.

Some health benefits of fasting

  1. Several studies have said that fasting improves blood sugar control, which could be especially useful for those at risk of diabetes.
  2. According to studies, fasting can help to decrease the level of inflammation and help by promoting better health.
  3. Fasting can enhance Heart Health by improving blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels.
  4. It can boost brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disorders.
  5. Adds growth hormone secretion, which is necessary for growth, metabolism, weight loss and muscle strength.
  6. Fasting can delay aging and extend longevity.
  7. According to animal and test-tube studies, fasting may benefit the treatment and prevention of cancer.

As fasting has shown to have many health benefits, you can feel some noticeable health change only by fasting for a week

What is dry fasting?

Dry fasting is a type of fast where no amount of water intake is allowed. The lack of water helps to step up some of the protective affects you get on regular water fast. Such as- reduced inflammation and metabolic health. Anyhow, it’s a more upgraded fasting method that only people who have previous experience with normal fasts should attempt.

Health benefits of dry fasting

  1. Regulates blood sugar.
  2. Lessens inflammation. 
  3. It can improve brain function.
  4. Lowers blood pressure.
  5. Prevents disease.
  6. Strengthens bones
  7. It also plays a role in balancing cholesterol levels.

Conclusion

Fasting is an exclusive act of worship that is only between humans and Allah since no one else knows for sure if this person is fasting. So, Allah mentioned in a hadith that, ‘Fasting is for Me and only I will reward it’. In another hadith, our beloved Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has mentioned. ‘If one does not give up falsehoods in words and actions, Allah does not need him giving up food and drink’.

Table of contents

  1. What are the spiritual benefits of fasting?
  2. Virtues of fasting
  3. What is Mini’s fast diet?
  4. Some health benefits of fasting
  5. What is dry fasting?
  6. Health benefits of dry fasting

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