Fasting is a Wonderful Healing Process

Fasting is a wonderful healing process which is not meant to be used for weight reduction, but to give the system a complete rest from food. This allows the body time to digest foods that has been clogging up your internal organs, resulting in bad breath, body odour, constipation etc. Fasting renovates, revives and purifies each and every one of the millions of cells that make up the human body.

Fasting was Prescribed For those before you

Holy Quran says in (2:183):

 Quran (2-183)

O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil).

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Fig-1: “Fasting Buddah” Kept at Lahore Museum, Pakistan

There are two things to note in the above ayah. Firstly, Fasting was prescribed for those before you. Islam is not the only religion that commands the practice of fasting; other ancient civilizations and religions before it have practiced the rite in similar or different ways. Both prophets, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) were ordained to fast. The ancient Egyptians and Hindus before them also performed it for different reasons, with variations, and at different periods of the year. The statue of fasting Bhudda , kept in Lahore Museum, Pakistan, belonging to around 2 AD is enough proof that fasting was a respectable rite in that era also.

Fasting For Physical and Spiritual Betterment.

Second part of the ayah is “that you may guard (against evil. Like the other pillars and ordinances in Islam, such as the five daily prayers, ablution (wudu) before prayers, stipulated charity (zakat) and pilgrimage (Haj), fasting is an offering to the Almighty, the Creator, in order to receive His blessings and rewards now and in the thereafter. Many believe that fasting is just a religious ritual, prescribed to test the belief and patience of believers. Little do we realize that this observance comes with many bonuses for us spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physiologically. After reading about its unbelievable curative, detoxifying and preventative effects, you will religiously follow the proper ways of fasting; the way Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) performed it. Let us explore the wonders of fasting!

 Many believe that fasting is just a religious ritual, prescribed to test the belief and patience of believers. Little do we realize that this observance comes with many bonuses for us spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physiologically.

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Fig-5: Fasting has hidden healing benefits

Regular fasting makes you reap many health and behavioral benefits. You will enhance your level of energy, bolster your immune system, stimulate the healing process, boost body and cell repair, jumpstart your metabolism, revive the detoxification mechanism, speed weight loss, break up fat, cleanse body systems and improve sleep. The list continues, as fasting will also heighten mental clarity, raise productivity, enhance physical and mental performance, ameliorate mental and emotional health, develop patience, tolerance and compassion, extend longevity and intensify spirituality. Let us see how this happens.

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