Fasting

As Muslims, we are getting much nearer to the end of our thirty days fasting period — the month which is known as Ramadan. When God decreed it centuries ago for believers, many didn’t know how beneficial it was to health, but now fasting has been proven through scientific knowledge, of utmost value to our health.

One thing I can vouch for is shinning white teeth. Normally I brush my teeth thrice a day minimally, but in Ramadan probably I do more. Once I’m in the bathroom, I reach for the toothpaste almost reflexively— forgetting I’ve not eaten anything since Sehr timings. The result is that teeth shine like pearls — Masha’Allah!

When my late husband was alive, and I lived in Pakistan, every Ramadan started with Dora Quran. It was held at a friend’s house where like minded ladies gathered every Thursday to read, and gain more insight into Quran, and Islam. With the beginning of Ramadan the meeting was held every day, and we women had Dora Quran which meant a quick reading of one Sipara (one part of the Quran– there are thirty parts) each day. It used to be quite comprehensive, as it entailed various aspects of our religion.

Then dear husband died, and I got permanently shifted to the US. It has been five years now, and I missed the valuable lessons about being a better human than I initially was, and doing charity work which I learnt through our weekly meetings.

This year I got lucky that my daughter visited me just before the beginning of Ramadan. Daughter was getting audio recordings daily from her neighbor in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her neighbor held Dora Quran. My daughter asked that I should be included in getting the audio recordings daily. Jazak’Allah Khair to the lady for including me. It’s really inspiring.

It’s told that Angels are present when the Quran is read in the mornings. Normally I read two pages every morning after Fajr Prayers, and again when I’m having breakfast I read, and listen to it on my iPad.

It was a revelation to read Chapter 19, Surah Shuarah, Ayat 196 that Quran is the same book which earlier generations received from Torah to the Bible. Basically the teachings are the same except for the parts where they slung mud at the prophets, and distorted the fact that God is One only, and no other exists beside Him. Those books got muddled, and distorted through the hands of misguided zealots.

Religious fanatics against Islam are trying their best to do the same thing to Quran, but it’s almost impossible, as there are many Muslims who memorize each and every word. Even if distortions occur no one can put false interpretations in each, and every copy. A true version will be always be there till the end of time.

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4 thoughts on “Fasting”

  1. well there will always be medicial and other mandane benefits of the rituals but that was not the primary intent for those rituals, Like yes Fasting can give you better chances of survival against the cancer but again question is that was it the only reason it was made mandatory so we can have better healths ? or was it that we become self concious people or the people of the taqa. You can point out many medicial and other mandane benefits of salah like it gives better health, the electric cells are discharged from the body when we do sajood and all that mezmaroizing stuff but the primary purpose was the rememberance of Allah. so the intent of the prayers and all the rituals are the rememberance of Allah and attaining taqwa, and when we do that, then Allah gives us other worldly benefits of those rituals. my point is then there can be every one not eating or drinking every day thinking we are fasting cox it gives us better health and then you end up not following the other parts of the fast like not slandering, not fighting, not abusing, not cursing, be calm, not fighting back, but if your sole purpose or primary goal is to get healthy and not to attain taqwa then you will neglect those codes of the fasting or other islamic rituals.

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