O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous (The Noble Quran 2:183)

As-salaamu ‘alaikum,

Fasting has not only been used across the world over many centuries as a way to conserve food, but also as a means of self discovery and to count ones blessings. We as Muslims have been commanded to fast during the month of Ramadan, but did you know the benefits of this practice? It is not only good for your mental health and state, but for your body as well!

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recommended to fast at least three days a month on a regular basis. The Hadith is:

Abdullah said that the Prophet once asked him “Abdullah, I was told that you spend the day in fasting and the night in prayer.” Abdullah answered in the affirmative, whereupon the prophet commanded him “Do not do so. Fast one day and break it the next. Pray part of the night and sleep the rest. You have an obligation towards your body, your eyes and your wife. It is enough to fast three days every month. Your reward is tenfold.” 

To say that you understand the pain of a less fortunate individual and then to actually feel that pain in the form of a hunger pang is something we all must share. As the article below illustrates, it can also be beneficial to your health. Perhaps in our lives of excess, cutting back would be a good plan…not only for ourselves, but to help our fellow human beings and the planet with what we conserve and learn! Fasting = Brain power = Solutions!

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