Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Spiritual Benefits Of Fasting

Hello, friends! I am here again! I am here today to keep my promise to share with you the spiritual benefits of Ramadan. At first I am hoping that your Ramadan is going great than ever. Mine is going still busy but great too, and I hate being busy in the month of Ramadan.Though, in spite of many business, we should
always express gratitude to God. But I think this Holy month of Ramadan, which only comes once in a year, should be made little free by making the official activities lighter by the governments of the Islamic countries.

But anyways, lets try giving time to ourselves in this Ramadan so that we can worship Allah more and ask for our peace and  wellness. Actually we can pick any one of our negative points, as we all have some negatives in us, more or less, and resolute that we will practice on leaving this negative in this 30 days of  Ramadan, and pick another negative point in the next Ramadan. And I believe, by a few Ramadans, we will become a soulful person. Is not the idea just great, friends. I try following this in my life.

Above, I was just sharing some of my ideas to you all, now let us look at what are the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.But the real number of benefits of Ramadan fasting are only known by Allah and are countless.

Ramadan is the most important and special time for all Muslims around the world. As mentioned in our post on 10 July, 2013 named Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan is self - restraint, restraining every part of our body from all kinds of sinful and bad acts. In the Qur' an, Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may "learn self - restraint" (  Qur'an : 2:183 ).

 Some of the most important spiritually beneficial points are viewed below :

1. Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and learns to sympathize with the poor of the world some of who even remain without eating for several days. And this sympathy makes a Muslim to feel for the poor and do sadka.

2.Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything that we have in this life is a blessing from Allah. And thus, teaches a Muslim practice gratitude.

3.Through increased charity, Muslims develop feelings of generosity and good will towards others.The Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon Him ) once said, "A man's wealth is never diminished by charity".

4.Through self - control, a Muslim practices good manners, good speech and good habits.

5.Through changing habits, Muslims get a chance to establish more healthy lifestyle habits, particularly with regards to diets and smoking.

6.Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world.

7. Doors of the heaven are open .

8. Doors of the hell are closed.

9. Devils are chained down.

10. Fasting with full devotion and Iman by the Muslims makes Allah to forgive their sins.

11.Every breath is a tasbiih. Every breath and even sleep is Ibadat and awarded during Ramadan.

The spiritual blessings of Ramadan fasting can also be grouped as follows :

1. Taqwa :

  1. Fearing Allah (SWT)
  2. Practicing the Revelations of Allah (SWT)
  3. Accepting the little things that one has achieved
  4. Preparing for departure from this world to the Hereafter
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Self-control
  7. Self-restraint
  8. Self-education
  9. Self-evaluation
2. Protection :
  1. Avoiding Immorality
  2. Avoiding anger/outcry/uproar
  3. Avoiding stupidity
  4. Avoiding all makrooh/mashbooh/haram
3. Revelation of Holy Qur' an :
  1. A Guidance to mankind
  2. A Manifestation of right from wrong
  3. A Summation and culmination of all previous revelations
  4. A Glad-tiding to the believers
  5. A Healer
  6. A Mercy
4.Umrah in Ramadan.Visiting Makkah during the fasting month of Ramadan is equal to :
  1. Equal to one Hajj (pilgrimage)
  2. Equal to one Hajj with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). 

5.Graveyard visitations. One will get the following benefits by visisting the graveyards during Ramadan :

  1. Dua for the deceased
  2. Preparing oneself for departure from this world
  3. Feeling respect for the deceased
  4. Making the person to be humble in his life.    

7. Prepares a Muslim to the day oh Hereafter.

6. And finally, at the end of Ramadan comes the feast of Eid - Uk Fitr, where sharing of happiness and visitation of one another as members of the society helps make their relations good.

The devotion and restraint is purely felt during Ramadan fasting but the do you know friends actually what is the true goal of Ramadan? It is nothing but is the simple test to keep these feelings and attitudes with us during our normal life throughout our life. So let us hope friends so that we can all pass in this test of Allah and achieve the goal and become good people.

I will finish today's post by wishing that, may Allah accepts all of our fastings, forgive our sins and guide us to the true and peaceful path, and also that may Allah shower us all with His blessings throughout the year till our death. So, goodbye friends, enjoy your fasting, have a blast of Eid preparation. You will get our Eid special post, let us see how, if, Eid is connected to science.

So, till our next post, be healthy, passionate and keep blogging.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Secret Health Benefits Of Fasting In Ramadan

Hello, dear friends!! How are you all?I really hope that you all are in great fun. After so long I am being able to write my post. It is just my research work that is keeping me that busy these days. Anyways friends, not to forget wishing you all a happy Ramadan, a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. May Allah accepts everyone's fasting this joyous Ramadan. So, how is your Ramadan going friends? Hope it is being full of devotion to The Almighty Allah.

Some people have a misconception that fasting long for 30 days continuously in Ramadan may have some health risks, such as, acidity, vitamin deficiency, and all that, etc. They have a kind of fear from Ramadan fasting.

Well, I think, after reading this post, even those who have not been able to develop a habit of everyday fasting continuously for all 30 days, will very willingly start fasting. Because today's post will introduce you with the secret  health benefits of fasting. The second part of this post, " The Spiritual Benefits Of Ramadan Fasting ", together with some other important points related to fasting will be given in the next post. Let us now begin with the medical benefits of fasting.

Medical Health Benefits Of Ramadan Fasting

Our body is an Amanat of Allah. We have to take care of it for a certain period of time, till we are on this Earth. Overeating is disliked by Islam, as it makes our body lazy which directly detaches our soul from spiritual growth. Following are the three changes that occur in our body during the month of Ramadan. These changes occur depending on the length of the fasting day.These are the changes for which we actually get the medical benefits of fasting.

1. First Stage :  In normal states,glucose is the first source of energy which is stored as glycogen in liver and muscles. During fasting, this store of glucose is used initially in order to provide energy to the body to function properly.

2. Second Stage : When the stored glucose are finished, then our fat becomes the next source of energy, which then gets burned to provide energy to the body to function normally. Now, this allows the body fat to get reduced.

3. Third Stage :  Fasting for more  prolonged period, such as for more than maximum of 15 hours to a few days, is called starvation actually, not fasting. Starvation is the period only when the body proteins begin to burn which is unhealthy. But, during Ramadan, 11- 15 hours of daily fasting for 30 days continuously, we are allowed to provide the body glucose during iftaree ad seheree meals.

On the other hand fasting for shorter period will also provide no sound benefit to the health as in this case only the glucose stores will burn out but not the fat deposits. And in this way we get the following health benefits from fasting in Ramadan :

1. Weight loss
2. Better diabetes control
3. Reduces blood pressure
4. Reduces blood cholesterol levels
5. Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in cells ( oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or easily repair the resulting damage )
6. Reduces aging and helps keep us live longer by keeping our vital organs youthful
7. Makes us look younger.
8. Helps prevent risk of cancer
9. Purification of body from toxins
10.Purification of brain
11.Cares and prevents bad breath
12.Giving rest to digestive tract, giving the tract a chance to remain healthy
13.Slight fasting dehydration and water concentration improves longevity

The above health benefits are not followed by detailed description for quick convenience and ease of your reading.

Actually, I myself was really amazed to know about these health benefits of fasting, as some of them were really the secret ones.

These health benefits are for healthy average adults. These benefits come particularly from fasting in Ramadan and not from starvation for few days ar from very shorter period fasting, as only Ramadan provides a routine time for refilling the glucose stores of the body at iftaree and seheree times thus avoiding any harmful effects to the body.

So friends, what do you think, fasting for all 30 days in Ramadan month is very good for us right? So any of my friends, who have been in fear for a long time fasting everyday, can very healthily start fasting.

At the end of today's post, I would like to thank you all, friends for liking our blog spot  and the information shared here so much. Your liking motivates us very much to share with you more and more amazing and unique information and discoveries. Along with liking our posts, you can also share any of your thoughts with us. We would be glad for that. Till our next post, " Spiritual Benefits Of Fasting", be passionate, healthy and keep blogging, wishing that Allah accepts your fasting.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the Five Pillars of the Islam religion, and one of the main types of Islamic worship. It is a time of fasting for the Islamic people. Each day during this month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds.

 The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is fardh (obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

Therefore, Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of Allah.

“In this Holy month of Ramadan, may you be blessed with good health, prosperity and may Allah’s Blessings always shines upon you.”

So friends, hope you like my post and always be with me as you are and share your thoughts & feelings with me. My next will be about the beneficial effect of fasting on the basis of naturally and medically too. Till then stay healthy, be passionate, share thoughts with me and do not forget to keep blogging.