SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF RAMADAN
Benefits of Ramadan comes with lots of blessings in the month of Ramadan. ALLAH has blessed this month specially out of 11 months. Ramadan is a month of fasting. The Holy Quran was revealed in this month (PBUH). In this article, you will learn surprising benefits of Ramadan.
The prophet Mohammad said,
“when the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and gates of hell are closed and devils are chained” (Sahih Bukhari 1800)
This month is considered as a sacred & blessed time of year for Muslims. We can find many spiritual & physical benefits by fasting in this month.
Spiritual benefits of fasting
ALLAH says in Quran,
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” (Surah al-Baqarah#183)
From the above ayah, it shows that the purpose of fasting is the attainment of “Taqwa” (to become righteous). The two main characteristics are developed in this month for consciousness of ALLAH.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, ALLAH is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. ALLAH will not accept his fasting.)”
(Sahih al-Bukhari 1903)
Fasting is not just only giving up eating, drinking, and sexual desires. But it is also giving up evil actions & false speech.
We are often addicted to many bad habits. Such as lying, backbiting, smoking, swearing, and listening to music. But while fasting, we try to be honest, truthful, and pious to avoid these sins. During Ramadan, fasting develops the ability of self-restrained and patience. So we realize that forgoing our addiction(s) might not be as hard as we think to prevent.
To become more virtuous and pious:
In our busy lives, we often think that performing daily worship is difficult. Because Satan is constantly tempting us to keep us away from ALLAH’s path. But in Ramadan, along with obligatory prayer, we start offering nafil prayer (tarweeh) and reciting Quran more than usual. We also give extra charity.
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Physical benefits of Ramadan fasting
The Quranic statement which quotes, “Fasting is good for you if only you knew”, has been proven true recently by researches. Not only not from a spiritual perspective, but also from a health perspective. Even non-Muslims describe many health benefits of Ramadan fasting. Which was revealed by ALLAH 1400 years ago.
1- Fasting boost our metabolism and limits our calorie intake. This helps in weight loss
2- Fasting help in decreasing levels of inflammation.
3- Fasting enhances our heart by improving our blood pressure.
4- Fasting boosts our brain functions. It also protects us from Alzheimer’s.
5- Most recent researchers have proved that fasting is the cure for the cancer.
Beside fasting, Ramadan also provides us opportunities to spread the message of love, peace, and humanity. So we are more generous & understand the feelings and sorrow of people. Ramadan helps in practicing good manners and developing a healthy lifestyle. Fasting is a shield. It protects us from hell-fire and sins. May ALLAH accept our prayers and fasts.