Some of the Benefits of Fasting

Some of the Benefits of Fasting

by | Jul 20, 2014 | Ramadan | 0 comments

In the Name of Allāh, all praise is due to Allāh, praise and security be upon the Messenger of Allāh.

To proceed:

  1. Fulfilment of Trust: fasting is a fulfilment of the highest level of trust because it is from the greatest acts of worship which is secret between him and his Rabb. Whether a person is fasting or not is only known between the person and Allāh.
  2. Patience: it adorns one with the virtue of patience. All the three types of patience are gathered together in this one act of worship:
    1. Patience in obeying Allāh
      1. By keeping the fast from dawn until sunset with the hope of reward and forgiveness
    2. Patience in not disobeying Allāh
      1. By avoiding eating, drinking, sexual intercourse and anything else that would break one’s fast or lessen its reward
    3. Patience in bearing the testing Decrees of Allāh.
      1. By putting up with the pangs of hunger, thirst and other side effects of fasting even though your body is screaming to be fed
  3. Gratitude: experiencing deprivation and hunger causes the person to remember the continuous blessings of Allāh. He learns to appreciate something that he normally takes for granted. He learns to be grateful.
  4. Unity and Empathy: it also creates a deeper sense of empathy with his Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. He realises the fact that whilst he can put an end to his hunger and thirst at sunset; he has millions of brothers and sisters all over the world who do not have that luxury.
  5. Health: there is also a physical benefit to his body because fasting allows his digestive system to take a well-earned rest by giving it a period of time where it is not full and overloaded. This period of rest strengthens it and makes it more active.
    1. Your body certainly feels lighter and less lethargic which makes ʿibādah a lot easier

So, you can see that fasting is a noble act of worship which contains all goodness and is far from having any negative traits. This is why Allāh the Most High prescribed it and obligated it upon the previous nations for He said:

{O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may attain taqwā}

Adapted from: al-Bassām, ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān. Tawḍīḥ al-Aḥkām Min Bulūgh al-Marām, 7 vols. Makkah: Dār al-Asadī, 1423/2003. [3: 440]

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