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Moral, Spiritual and Social Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan

 
 
 

Moral, Spiritual and Social Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan

 
Social Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan
 
As Islam may be a perfect religion, its instructions have an important effect on all levels of Muslims’ life. Thus, what are the social benefits of fasting in Islam? In other words, what are the advantages of fasting for society?

● Strengthening Social Ties
It’s recommended for Muslims to supply Iftar (the meal for breaking fasting after the Sunset) for other Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “Whoever gives Iftar to at least one who is fasting will have a gift like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward within the slightest.” [Ibn Majah]

Do not forget to contact your relatives and friends to wish them a cheerful Ramadan. Here are some simple ways to precise Ramadan wishes in Arabic

● Increasing Sympathy for the Poor

One of the opposite social benefits of fasting in Ramadan is to experience the emotions of others. Thus, you'll feel for the poor, help them, and be grateful to Allah for His favor on you.

● Having Solidarity Spirit

As the devils are chained up in Ramadan, Muslims are able to exert more effort to assist others during this month. Also, because the reward doubles in Ramadan, we hurry to serve our society. For sure, this is often recommended generally but in Ramadan, it's highly recommended since the reward is doubled.

Moral Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan
Besides the social benefits of fasting in Ramadan, there are many moral fasting during Ramadan benefits. to start with, morals have a high rank in Islam generally and in Ramadan in specific.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “If anyone relieves a Muslim believer from one among the hardships of this worldly life, Allah will relieve him of 1 of the hardships of the Day of Resurrection. If anyone makes it easy for the one who is indebted to him (while finding it difficult to repay), Allah will make it easy for him during this worldly life and within the Hereafter, and if anyone conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults during this world and within the Hereafter. Allah helps His slave as long as he helps his brother.” [Muslim]

Also, Ramadan helps Muslims to extend the extent of alert in their deeds and transactions. Al Ghazali, a Muslim scholar, said: fasting is of three degrees: the fast of the common folk, that of the elite, which of the elite of the elite:

The fast of the common folk is to refrain from food and drink and sexual desires.
The fast of the elite is to restrain the hearing, sight, tongue, hand, and other physical faculties from committing sin.
The super-elite one means to prevent backbiting, scandal , lying and other Haram acts. As for the fast of the elite is when one frees oneself from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts and committing sin in Ramadan, and refrains from thinking of everything except Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.

Spiritual and Psychological Benefits of Fasting Ramadan
Muslims visiting one another in Ramadan
As for the spiritual benefits of sawm, they're tons as Muslims feel highly spirited in Ramadan for several reasons:

● Forgiveness of Sins
The first one is that Allah has made fasting Ramadan and spending its nights in prayer out of religion and within the hope of rewarding a way of forgiveness of sins. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of religion and within the hope of reward, his previous sins are going to be forgiven.” [Nasa’i]

Moreover, fasting Ramadan may be a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadan, goodbye together avoids major sins.

● Progress the connection with Allah

Another one among the various Ramadan fasting benefits is to develop a more meaningful relationship with Allah SWT. Indeed, sins are the burden that refrains the Muslim from progress in his relation with Allah. Thus, the forgiveness of sins means to free the Muslim to return closer to his Creator.

● Balance between Body and Soul
The third reason is that man may be a mixture between body and soul. When he exceeds in fulfilling the requirements of his body over his soul, he spoils this soul. Thus, it's Allah’s Mercy to guide man to the way of his true happiness and salvation through making the balance needed between the body and therefore the soul.

Since the benefits of fasting and prayer are numerous, here is an organized Ramadan prayer guide.

● Changes within the Universe
By the approaching of Ramadan, many changes happen within the universe helping in motivating the soul of the Muslim. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and therefore the gates of Hell are closed, and therefore the devils are chained up.” [Bukhari]

● Allah Promise of Joy
One of the special Ramadan fast benefits is that the present that Allah promises to supply to the fasting Muslim. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “ There are two joys for the fasting person: the enjoyment when he breaks his fast, and therefore the joy of when he meets his Lord.” [Bukhari]

Health Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan
dates to interrupt fasting in Ramadan
It goes without saying that Ramadan can greatly boost your well-being and health if done properly. for instance , it cleanses your body of harmful toxins and helps you lead a healthier lifestyle.

As well because the health benefits of fasting in Ramadan, there also are many spiritual ones. And although it's better to think about all the moral, spiritual, and social benefits of fasting during Ramadan. one among the most religious benefits of fasting in Ramadan is to satisfy Taqwa; the fear of Allah, also as submission to Allah.

Since Ramadan is that the month of the Quran, make the foremost of the blessed month and check our special Ramadan Quran reading schedule to end reading the whole Quran in Ramadan.

Valid Exemptions for not Fasting in Ramadan
After talking about the benefits of fasting in Islam, let’s now mention the valid exemptions for not fasting. the most reasons for breaking fasting in Ramadan are sickness, pregnancy, breastfeeding (in specific cases), traveling, menstruation period for women… etc.

For the diseased person , it's a condition to fear that fasting may make his sickness worse or that it'll hamper his recovery or damage a neighborhood of his body. As for pregnancy and breastfeeding, breaking fasting is allowed on the condition that they think there's a risk that they or their children may become ill or more ill, or be harmed, or may die.

Reward of Fasting during Pregnancy
As mentioned before, Islam gives permission for breastfeeding and pregnant women to not fast during Ramadan if they fear that it'll harm their health condition or their babies’ health. So, we recommend posing for the opinion of the doctor first before Ramadan starts.

It is narrated under the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger…”

Ramadan is that the Month of the Quran
Finally, when Allah identifies Ramadan within the Quran, He says: “The month of Ramadan [is that] during which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion…” [Al-Baqarah 185]

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