• what is the meaning of Fasting Ramadan?

    In our country, Ramadan, last year, has been quite different from others, especialy in terms of weather. As it was summertime, it was very hot, and we fasted a little bit more than usual. Indeed, climatic changes could never affect or hinder the event of fasting Ramadan, but it would, rather, make it more real and meaningful. The principle is that in our Islamic thought " the more hardship we endure,the more we are rewarded, and the more our sins could be forgiven", but forgivness and reward could not be real only if we fulfill the conditions of fasting. Let me speak about the "notion of reward" in itself; Reward has two different meanings in this context. First, I meant by reward getting the forgiveness and satisfaction of God, because, in the first place, we fast to satisfy God, and get His everlasting reward of "paradise". However, during the experience of fasting, one can discover other kinds of "rewards", which are more physical and spiritual.

    During fasting, the stomach empties itself automatically from useless substance, through the processus of digestion. The food that we, normally eat at night, gets enough time to be digested during the day, while vitamins and minerals, get ,also, time to be absorbed by the blood. " blood is able to run though your whole body more evenly rather than sending much of it to your stomach for digestion purposes". Thus, blood circulation becomes more focused in maintaining the good functioning of our body, that one feels himself pure and more ready to deal with the different tasks daily life than usual. Another, physical benefit of fasting Ramadan is more related with smokers, drug addicts, and alcoholic people. Most people who are used to getting different kinds of drugs or harmful substances to the body, and have the willingness to get rid of such bad habits can take a real benefit , not only, from fasting once or twice, but for a much longer period. fasting could be a good occasion for ending or ,at least, reducing smoking or drug addiction habits, as the body gets a lesser amount of nicotine and toxics than usual and during a period at least of 30 or 29 days. Enabling oneself to reduce the amount of toxic substances that the blood abosrbs every day, the body becomes adjusted to take lesser amounts of it, and the blood is purified, gradually, from these toxic substances.

    The body acclimatises itself to take less, but give more, as our whole concentration would shift to the most rewarding and useful activities like family life, prayers, work, helping others, or artistic activities. In Ramadan, people get enough time to accomplish their day life tasks or,even, accomplish new activities like sport, writting, reading, or research that is in general, but most of the times Muslims devote it to prayers, and reading the Quran.

    Thus, one can easily take notice that the physical rewards of Ramadan fasting gives us the opportunity to take care of the spiritual side. Fasting is a code of conduct, it educates people to shift from selfish needs to remember those people who are obliged to overcome hunger for the whole their life time. Through fasting, one can have enough time to care about removing the bad habits of human nature, like eavesdroping, backbitting, telling lies, which usually spoil the meaning of fasting. Fasting educates people to be more patien tand loving, as they get rid of bad habits in human nature, and devote their time to helping others, or involve in charity activities.

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was crucial in this point when he said:

    "there are those who gain from fasting, nothing but hunger, and those who gain from (night) prayers nothing but loss of sleep".

    I think that this saying sums up that " the principle of our practice is to become a better person". Life is a very hard struggle, and these struggles are deeply embeded and engendred by religious events like Ramadan.

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    gmemo
    Saturday 16th July 2011 at 05:03

    When I first heard of fasting by Muslims during Ramadan. I thought why would someone have to do that to be closer to God. But after reading this it finally made sense to me. What is strange is that I fast at least twice a year to  cleanse my body. But it is usually for 2-4 days completely. But I realized that I feel spritually closer inside to God. Gracias for sharing and posting this, it has helped me very much. Muy bien!

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    Saturday 16th July 2011 at 11:32

    no, do not fast complete days, but just from dawn to dusk. we break our fast during the night. anyway, ramadan is near if you want to be Muslim prepare yourself for fasting this month with us. LOL

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    gmemo
    Sunday 17th July 2011 at 09:43

    I just wanted to say that first, I enjoy fasting completely. For myself it completely cleanses my body and mind. It is like a spiritual awakening for me. But I feel I would like to par take in the fasting when Ramadan comes.  Actually it would not be very difficult, with my profession I sometimes don't eat till later...LOL. But it wold give me a better understanding on why Muslims fast during Ramadan.

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    Sunday 17th July 2011 at 13:15

    fasting completely is harmfull to the body and mind. if it was good, Allah would have sanctioned and even ordered us to fast completely. always break your fast at dusk.

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    gmemo
    Monday 18th July 2011 at 06:37

    Don't mean to be desrespectful but when Allah showed Muhammad the meaning of fasting. That was about 4000 years ago I think? Times have changed and modern medicine has come about. It has been proving that fasting for a few days does cleanse the body of toxins and purify our soul. I'm sure when people fast to cleanse or show respect to Allah and to their faith, fasting can have two different meanings. Que no?

     

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