Rewards of fasting
The word “saum” means “to refrain” or “to fast”. It means to hold oneself from all worldly temptations like food, quarrels, and sexual relationship, etc.
for a fixed time period from dawn (fajr) to dusk (maghrib). In Islam, fasting has great importance, as it is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Interesting Facts about Muslims they are follow only of Islam, Muslims, believe in one God, Allah, and believe Muhammad was his prophet. They also believe Adam, of the Bible’s Old Testament, was the first prophet.
Ramadan is the Islamic month specified for all Muslims to fast but one can also do voluntary fasting to please Allah almighty. The uncountable rewards and benefits of fasting are in the holy Quran and hadith. Science has also proved its physical and mental benefits.
Rewards of Fasting and spiritual benefits
When a person strives to hold himself from food and all the negativity around him, he achieves “self-control” or “taqwa” which is an essential element in any kind of success whether it is a worldly successor in the hereafter. It revives the heart and brings closer to Allah by increasing spiritual awakening.
One feels more motivated to please his great lord, Allah. The fasting one gets more conscious of his spiritual being by getting distraction-free from all the worldly temptations.
He spends more time building his relation with Allah with the help of Salah and feels motivated towards good deeds.
. ‘A worshipper does not fast a day for the sake of Allah except that that day (of fasting) distances the Fire from his face by seventy autumns’. [Tirmidhi]
Fasting and health benefits
it is impossible to list all the health benefits of fasting as it helps to rejuvenate the body from head to toe. decreases the risk of many deadly diseases like cancer, dementia, and neurological degeneration. It improves digestion by regulating metabolism.
The problems like obesity and mental fog stay away from a person who fasts regularly. These are few among all the physical benefits of fasting but one should consider all these secondary as a primary goal should be to get more closer to Allah Almighty and seeking His mercy and approval.
Reward of fasting in Akhirah
The reward of fasting is just unimaginable, as Allah, the almighty has promised a multitude of blessings. There is a separate door called “ar Rehan” in Jannah for only those who fast.
The person who fasts with the pure intention of pleasing Allah Almighty will be forgiven of all his sins.
“Allah said, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for me, and I will give the reward for it.’
A fasting person stays away from sins like backbiting, annoying others, and fighting that really improves his social life. Muslim men and women develop a sense of empathy for each other.
The holy month of Ramadan provides the chance of interacting and greeting. all Muslims that really a sign of peace and harmony.
Relation with food
Fasting really improves eating habits. Normally people eat more than their body needs, so fasting inculcated the habit of moderate eating. It gives a lesson of “eat to live “instead of “live to eat. The feeling of hunger develops a sense of sympathy for poor people as they struggle for getting food to survive.
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise will open and the gates of the Hell Fire will close, and the devils are chained.”
Therefore, every Muslim should try to get the maximum benefit of fasting by pleasing Allah almighty.