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Health benefits of Religious Fasting

By on July 18, 2013 in Health with 0 Comments

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Definition:

Fasting is an act of abstinence from not only food and drink but also from evil doings such as telling lies.

The word fasting comes from the Anglo-Saxon word faesten meaning “to hold oneself for food”. Fast starts from dawn(fajr) till sunset(maghrib), which means one should not eat and drink between this limited period of time. A Muslim fasts in the month of Ramadan as an obligation although there are certain days for non-obligatory fasting too.
Suhoor and Al-Iftar: Eating and drinking must be ended before azaan ul Fajr, after that nothing should be swallowed. The fast is broken after azaan ul Maghrib; now one can eat till the Fajr prayers. Intention(Niyyah) should be made on both times by reciting a short verse, different each time.

Benefits:

The desire to help poor;
Balanced nervous system;
Harmonized cellular biochemistry;
Soft and sensitive skin;
Peristalsis movement;
Detoxification;
Normal metabolic and cell oxygenation renovated;
Weight loss.
Fasting proves to be beneficial for certain types of diseases including: colitis, chronic fatigue, lupus, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, neuralgia, spastic colon, irritable bowel, cases of paralysis, neuritis, neuroses, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, tumors, and many types of cancer.

Breaking the fast intentionally: If one breaks a fast intentionally by eating or drinking, then that person should:
Free a slave;
Fast for 60 days;
Feed or clothe 60 people.

Conditions: Diabetic patients, nursing and pregnant women are exempted from fasting.

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