Muslims should have an attitude of anticipation and zeal towards Ramadan. We look forward to the holy month of Ramadan with great eagerness and enthusiasm. The beauty of spirit that Ramadan brings, we should all be excited when it arrives. Many of us observe fasting as a religious obligation as it is one of the pillars of Islam, but do we know about the benefits it brings? Here are some health and spiritual benefits you can derive from fasting.

Health Benefits

  1. The month of Ramadan is surely a great time for our digestive system. Why? Because we’re restraining ourselves from food and water, so this is when harmful toxins are built up in our bodies from all the food, water and the atmosphere.  
  2. Fasting helps reduce cholesterol in our blood. This helps reduce the risk of heart problems: heart attack, heart disease or a stroke.
  3. Depending on the food which is consumed followed by a healthy balanced diet, this will help with weight loss. Remember to always include your fruits and vegetables. Less oily and fried food. It may be difficult, but do not overindulge!
  4. Similar to the previous point, fasting can help reduce bad eating habits and promote a healthier lifestyle. On normal days, we tend to snack on junk food like potato chips and sodas. This is creates a good opportunity to work on that and restrain yourself from munching onto something all the time.
  5. Fasting recharges our brains. It helps produce brain cells and helps improve its function. It makes us feel mentally sharper.

Spiritual Benefits

  1. When we are fasting, we remember those who are in worse conditions and are less fortunate. While we have a table full of food during Iftar and Suhoor, some families out there do not have any. Fasting in Ramadan provides Muslims with the experience of hunger and thirst, and this lets us reflect on the less fortunate.
  2. Fasting helps us be aware that all that we have in life is a blessing from Allah The Almighty.
  3. In Ramadan especially, we know that rewards and blessings are multiplied many folds. We practice good manners, good speech and good habits, which helps shape us to become better.
  4. For some that are addicted to unhealthy habits such as smoking, fasting trains us to refrain from doing so. Hence, fasting helps us eliminate them.
  5. Fasting helps us appreciate all the blessings in life, big and small. Practicing gratitude is indeed, the road to happiness.

I don’t know about you, but to me, the best thing about Ramadan is the fact that every action that we do is done truly for Allah, and it helps enhance our faith in Him. Our feelings, the lessons we learn; let us all reap the benefits from these thirty days. It is full of blessings and rewards!