Benefits of Fasting in the Holy Month of Ramazan , In the Light of Latest Scientific Research


ramadan BenefitsJNN 28 June 2013 KARACHI : A latest study has concluded that fasting regenerates human immune system. You can plan for 30-day fasting for the holy month of Ramadan that is set to begin on the 30th June.

Muslims are going to start month long grueling schedule of fasting beginning on the last day of June towards the end of July. For the entire month they will fast during the day from dawn to dusk avoiding eatable items, water or any other drink during the day and will also avoid sex.
They will also be spending longer time offering prayers.

Many Muslims will also be paying part of their annual income as charity to the poor or some charitable organizations.

Now many Muslims are going to feel a lot happy about the rigors they undertake during the month long fasting. Researchers at USC have concluded that fasting for 4 or 5 days causes the body to generate new immune cells and it is very good for health of those who actually do it.

The latest study says that fasting for several days at a stretch actually does a lot of good to human body. University of Southern California researchers concluded that skipping food every now and then for 2 to 4 days or even more actually put humans and mice to a better immune system. Valter Longo one of the authors of the report was quoted by Daily Beast as saying, “Any fasting is better than nothing,” he said, “[but] 4 to 5 days of fasting are necessary to maximize its effects, but they must be done under medical supervision and preferably in a clinic.”

Now many people can conclude as to why saints in old days had so great health and long lives. “…during each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells…prolonged fasting reduced the enzyme PKA”, says the report.

BENEFITS OF FASTING AS PER LATEST SCIENTIFIC FOUNDINGS

All great heavenly religions have their own holy book. Bible is Christians’ holy book and Quran is Muslims’. Health has been mentioned in 37 verses (Ayats) of Holy Quran. The first verse has a clear message on fasting.

Even though Quran is not taken as a scientific book, while as Islam is the Religion of Nature , So it is the Belief of every Muslim that the Holy Quran , has Knowledge of all the things of the World , it is only you have to be so much knowledgeable to explore different thing from it , and as till now what is explored , it includes so many scientific points in various areas. Healthy life and living, healthy diet and foods are considered to be very prominent and of great importance.

Fasting is one of the subjects, which has been studied in different countries’ labs and clinics. In the following verse, fasting has been commanded to be done by all Muslims who are healthy and residing in their home town and not taking a journey.

Al-baqara , chapter 2 verse 184: Fasting for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the prescribed number( should be made up) from later days. For those who can do it (with hardship) is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more of his own free-will—it is better for him and it is better for ye fast, if ye only knew.

Fasting can refresh our mind and body. It enables billions of biochemical interactions inside our cells, specially the cells that form our gastrointestinal system, including; gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas.

Liver like a gigantic factory is responsible for changing glucose to glycogen and vise versa, detoxification, cholesterol metabolism and etc.

Fasting is indeed, one of the best and most useful health tips mentioned in Muslims’ holy book. Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAW) says: “Soomoo tasehhoo” ,i.e. fast to be healthy.

– Why has Quran considered ill people and travelers as exceptions?

As you know when one is healthy he is balanced, spiritually, psychologically, mentally, emotionally and physically.

Whenever the balanced state is disturbed and untuned, health changes to illness and disease occurs.

What about being on journey? It seems one’s body experiences certain changes during a journey, the least of which is getting exhausted and nervous, diabetic patients experience blood serum rise or some people get constipated.

We can say that journeys unbalance us, as well. So fasting is prohibited for one who is unbalanced during a long trip. Allah is indeed, kinder than moms to their kids

Fasting an effective means of restoring youthfulness and longevity

Fasting has its advantages from Islam’s point of view of health and hygiene. Islam wants a Muslim to be healthy, clean, alert, agile and energetic. “”Fast to be healthy,”” said the Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAW).

Physicians today acknowledge many benefits for fasting that ensure one’s mental and physical health. Some of these positive points have a direct influence on psychology and physique of the fasting individual.

Fasting has been found to be an effective treatment for several psychological and emotional disorders. It helps a person to firm up his will, cultivate and refine his taste and manners, strengthen his conviction of doing good, avoid controversy, petulance and rashness, which all contribute towards a sane and healthy personality.

Besides nurturing resistance and ability to face hardships and endurance, fasting reflects on outward physical appearance by cutting out gluttony and getting rid of excess fat.

The impacts of fasting on health do not stop there but are instrumental in alleviating a number of physical diseases, including those of the digestive systems, such as chronic stomach ache, inflammation of the colon, liver diseases, indigestion, and conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, diphtheria and many other maladies.

A Swiss physician Dr. Barsilus noted that: The advantages of hunger as a remedy exceed those ingesting medicines several times.

As readers are well aware, several physicians advise patients to skip meals, sometimes for a few days, before prescribing them a controlled diet.

Generally speaking, fasting hastens the destruction of the decaying tissues of the body by means of hunger, and then builds new tissues through proper nutrition.

This is why some scientists suggest that fasting should be regarded as an effective means of restoring youthfulness and longevity. However, Islam exempts the sick and old people whose health is endangered, from fasting.

But fasting should have it’s certain regulations too, and not simply the in orderly skipping meals, that is bound to harm health and stamina, rather than improving them.

Here again Islam provides the answer, and in order to realize the benefits of fasting, it recommends the late midnight meals called ‘Sahar’ (before the formal start of a fast) and the breaking of the fast at the time prescribed. Of course, to ensure good health one should abstain from gluttony after breaking fast.

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