Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramadhan Fasting → Meaning and Benefits in Health


At the month onset of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world start fasting from dawn to dusk daily for 30 days as ordained in Quran.

"O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa" (Quran 2:183)

The Arabic word Taqwa is translated in many ways including God consciousness, God fearing, piety, and self restraining. Thus we are asked to fast daily for one month from dawn to dusk and avoid food, water, sex and vulgar talk during that period.

But why do we need to fast? It is our experience that temptations and ways of the world tend to spoil our purity and austerity. Thus we indulge in food all of the time, snacking and nibbling the whole day, heading to obesity. We drink too much coffee, or tea, or carbonated drinks. Some sexaholics can not stay away from sex unless they do it at least once or more a day. When we argue, we leave our decency aside and resort to vulgar talk and even physical fighting.

Now when one is fasting, he or she cannot do all of that. When he looks at the mouth watering food, he cannot even taste it and he has to give up snacking and nibbling as well as smoking cigarettes if he does. No constant coffee, tea or Coke drinking either. Sexual passions have to be curtailed and when he is provoked to fight, he says " I am fasting that I cannot respond to your provocation". To achieve God consciousness or God nearness, a better word, we are advised to do additional prayer and read the Quran.



Medical benefits of Fasting Ramadan

Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits which are of a secondary nature. Fasting has been used by patients for weight management, to rest the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as of crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The calorie intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the nutritional requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, there effects will be long lasting. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

The difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water for 8 to 10 hours is not necessarily bad for health and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted, however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or their baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from sever diseases, whether type I diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not be allowed to fast.

There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting."

This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes. There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in energy output. There are 10 extra calories output for each unit of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory.

One of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan is called the night of power when angels descend down, and take the prayer of worship to God for acceptance.

Fasting is a special act of worship which is only between humans and God since no one else knows for sure if this person is actually fasting. Thus God says in a hadith qudsi that "Fasting is for Me and I only will reward it". In another hadith, the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) has said "If one does not give up falsehoods in words and actions, God has no need of him giving up food and drink".


additional source of the article By → Shahid Athar M.D.
Shahid Athar M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana, and a writer on Islam.




"Happy Fasting Ramadan 1430H FOR all Muslims in the World"




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Cyntia on August 22, 2009 at 8:25 AM said...

Mohon maaf lahir batin kalo Tia ada salah2 kata yah kak :D

intermezo on August 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM said...

nice article, thanks

zaid on August 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM said...

salam..thanks selamat berpuasa

Bayu The Maniac on August 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM said...

slamat menunaikan ibdah puasa 1430 H ...
smoga puasa thun ini lancar ...
amin ...

hehehe ....

narti on August 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM said...

mohon maaf lahir dan batin, selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa.

ruri on August 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM said...

marhaban ya ramadhan...

selamat menunakan ibadah puasa...

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Deogracias on August 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM said...

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Ocim on August 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM said...

good info about puasa thanks

gema_gogo on August 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM said...

Yeah... fasting is way to health.

Happy Fasting..

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asep canda on August 22, 2009 at 2:59 PM said...

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Gesankart on August 22, 2009 at 3:50 PM said...

i love ramadhan..

Ares Shadux's on August 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM said...

selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa. lam kenal

Free Tips on August 22, 2009 at 5:52 PM said...

i agree, there are lots of benefits for our body and mind by fasting.http://i654.photobucket.com/albums/uu264/mastegar/kucing%20gif/capek.gif

shared for all on August 22, 2009 at 6:04 PM said...

selamat menjalankan ibadah siyam gan.,.,.,. :)

kurniawan q on August 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM said...

selamat nenahan nafsu ya

ganool on August 22, 2009 at 8:53 PM said...

ikutan komen ah,,,

myoopie on August 22, 2009 at 9:02 PM said...

Selam,thanks for your visit...have a nice day...

Sevilay..

kakara on August 23, 2009 at 8:02 AM said...

Happy Ramadhan fasting frenz
;)

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newbi on August 23, 2009 at 9:56 PM said...

nice posting bro
met berbuka bro

Free Download Software PC on August 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM said...

mksh dah mampir kunjungan balik kawan.............:thumbsup: good nightB-)

Free Download Software PC on August 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM said...

mksh dah mampir kunjungan balik kawan.............:thumbsup: good nightB-)

Aisyah on August 23, 2009 at 10:32 PM said...

puasa itu menyehatkan..

Wani on August 23, 2009 at 11:06 PM said...

wah enak banget tuh buka puasa sama strawbery;-)
smoga Allah memberikan kita Kemurahan-Mu, Wahai Dzat Yang Maha Dermawan Dari Semua Dermawan! amin

Jualan Barang on August 24, 2009 at 4:41 AM said...

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tp yang penting ikutan nimbrung di tempatmu

sabirinnet on August 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM said...

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Belajar Bisnis Internet on August 24, 2009 at 5:02 PM said...

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Winziph on August 24, 2009 at 8:25 PM said...

very informative ^__^

zone4health on August 25, 2009 at 12:30 AM said...

‼ ►ALL → :D thanks before, para master² :f blogger udh berkunjung dan comment..... :)


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Bhakti on August 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM said...

Duh ga ngerti bhs asing nih.. met puasa aja deh,.. maafkan lahir dan batin..→ :)

AISHALIFE-LINE on August 25, 2009 at 3:12 AM said...

Ramadhan mubarak.Met menjalankan ibadah puasa.thanks kujungannya dan komennya ya.

genial on August 25, 2009 at 3:17 AM said...

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roffe on August 25, 2009 at 3:18 AM said...

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Ismail Amirullah on August 25, 2009 at 3:53 AM said...

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vahn on August 25, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

kunjungan singkat..
met puasa sob...

zona ilmu psikologi online on August 25, 2009 at 7:58 AM said...

That's true Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self training.The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. Subhanallah...:o

Enno on August 25, 2009 at 8:01 AM said...

met menjalankan ibadah puasa... blog magz-nya bagus lho

:)

cute on August 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM said...

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prigi on August 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM said...

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Sari Maniez on August 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM said...

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S@ndhie on August 25, 2009 at 1:51 PM said...

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KOKODA on August 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM said...

Teman itu seperti bintang dilangit, meski jauh dia tetap berchy,
walaupun kadang mengilang, dia tetap ada, tak dapat dijangkau dan tak bisa dilupakan. :D

terjaga on August 25, 2009 at 2:28 PM said...

belum baca udah nyerah duluan :f ,,
eh kalo bisa mbok gambarnya diganti jangan orang makan,, bikin nggak sabar buat buka :o
hehehe

BrenciA KerenS on August 25, 2009 at 4:12 PM said...

infonya bagus.. tapi saya klenger bacanya pake gugel translate...

LEI on August 25, 2009 at 4:16 PM said...

hi... thanx.. 4 visit me.....

blackmamba21 on August 25, 2009 at 6:47 PM said...

nice blog..
gimana cara bikin kootak buat bales comment kaya yang di atas itu bro..?
thanks...

zone4health on August 25, 2009 at 10:52 PM said...

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naura on August 25, 2009 at 10:56 PM said...

kunjungan balasan nih. thanks dah mampir and follow bro.. been here n' follow u 2..

c-idah on August 25, 2009 at 11:11 PM said...

selamat berpuasa....mekasih sudi singgah ke blog saya...

tiritci on August 26, 2009 at 2:51 AM said...

thanks for your visit my blog have a nice day.goodevening:)

ogiexslash on August 26, 2009 at 9:13 AM said...

i love you full...ha..ha...ha..ha

dyos on August 26, 2009 at 9:47 PM said...

aslm..memang puasa bukanlah hal yg asing bagi kita..ya sob..
jadi ya jgn terlalu berlebihan lah dlm sahur dan berbuka ..biasa2 saja..ingat TUJUAN dari Puasa ya..salam..

flowers on August 27, 2009 at 9:30 AM said...

Salam kenal...puasa tidak aja buat kesehatan fisik tapi membuat hati lebih bersih, pikiran lebih jernih, dan bulan berbagi. Kebahagiaan akan lebih terasa tatkala qta bisa berbagi n membantu sesama yang sedang membutuhkan.

denpry on August 27, 2009 at 12:25 PM said...

blognya bagus nich...mau tanya nich gimana ya caranya bikin tab horisontal kususnya my friend bisa di tambahin sub beberapa teman kebawah...aduh aku kok pingin mohon balasanya yach

wyne on August 28, 2009 at 12:15 AM said...

A lot of my classmates here in the Philippines are fasting. When the clock hit 6pm they will be having their "BUKA" or they started to drink coffee or soup and eat.

KOKODA on August 28, 2009 at 1:16 PM said...

Teman itu seperti bintang dilangit, meski jauh dia tetap bercahaya, walaupun kadang mengilang, dia tetap ada, tak dapat dijangkau dan tak bisa dilupakan. trimakasi sahabat ku... selalu semangat ya...

rumah blogger on August 28, 2009 at 9:07 PM said...

mampiirr lagi..mat malem sobat ku..sukses selalu yaa..

ウワヘルナンズデ on August 29, 2009 at 4:52 PM said...

wow... nice post.
salam kenal!
happy fasting juga! :)

tiritci on September 1, 2009 at 12:34 AM said...

selamun aleyküm,very nice day.goodnight:)

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What a good blog, this is so religious and very informative. You posted a lot of good news.. I love good news :) :)

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