Today is the first day of Ramadan, a month where all Muslims in the world fast for the whole 30 days except those who are sick, minors and elders who’s body are not capable of fasting. Somebody might ask, why do Muslims fast during this month? Well, aside from religious purposes, fasting has its advantages from the point of view of health and hygiene. Allah did not ask His believers for something that will harm them in any aspects, Islam wants a Muslim to be healthy, clean, alert, agile and energetic. As the holy prophet said, “Fast to be healthy”. And physicians today acknowledge the many benefits of fasting that ensure health and the soundness of one’s body and mind.
Fasting has been found to be an effective treatment for psychological and emotional disorders. It helps a person to firm up his will, cultivate and refine his taste and manners, strengthen his conviction of doing good, avoid controversy, petulance and rashness, which all contribute towards a sane and healthy personality. Besides nurturing resistance and ability to face hardships and endurance, fasting reflects on outward physical appearance by cutting out gluttony and getting rid of excess fat. The benefits of fasting on health do not stop there but are instrumental in alleviating a number of physical diseases, including those of the digestive systems, such as chronic stomachache, inflammation of the colon, liver diseases, indigestion, and conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, diphtheria and many other maladies. Read the full details here