Since Some May Argue That There Are Many Cases Which Prove Fasting Could Be Harmful, Here It Should Be Mentioned That Every Part of a System Works Most Efficiently And Is Compatible With Other Parts of The Same System. Also, For Fasting In Ramadan, We’d Better Follow The Eating Rules, or Better Say The Pure Islamic Life Style, To Get The Best Result Out of Fasting.
FASTING is not eating or drinking anything between dawn and dusk .All the people who are ill or very weak, pregnant or menstruating women, breastfeeding mothers and travelers are must not fast. (Chapter 2, verse 184 of the Qur’an says that people who have an illness or a problem of any kind that makes fasting bad for their health can stop fasting. But they must fast later when they are healthy and if they don’t get healthy soon, they must give some food to the poor.)
The month of Ramadan is a great chance to bring back a healthy lifestyle in your life. By fasting, you learn how to control your eating habits, how to get a strong self-control. This month wants you to give the stomach a break. For many people, the big question about fasting is “Is it good or bad for health?”
Normally, body sugar that is in the liver and muscles is the body’s main source of food. During a fast, this food is finished first to make energy. After that, when this food finishes, fat becomes the next source of energy for the body. Only if you do not eat anything at all for many days, the body uses your muscles for energy. But because the Ramadan fast is only from dawn till dusk, you can get enough energy at Sohour and Iftar. When the body uses fat for energy, you lose weight and after a long time decreases your cholesterol levels blood pressure and also helps better control of diabetes. A detoxification also happens: all the dangerous chemicals in the body’s fat go out of the body. After a few days of the fast, the level of some hormones go up in the blood (endorphins) which help you, for example, study better. But remember that balanced food and drinks is important between fasts. You need to get enough nutrients, salts and water. The fasts of Ramadan can improve a person’s health, but if you do not eat properly it can possibly make you sick! To get healthy by fasting, a person should be very careful about the type and quantity of food they have during great Ramadan.
Overeating can harm the body and it affects your attention to God. Food that is less than normal but good and balanced will keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. The foods should be simple and not very different from one’s normal everyday diet. Complex carbohydrates are foods that will help our body get energy slowly during the long hours of fasting. Complex carbohydrates are in grains and seeds, like barley, wheat, oats, millets, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, basmati rice, etc.
Fibre-rich foods are also good and they are bran, cereals, whole wheat, grains and seeds, potatoes with the skin, vegetables such as green beans and almost all fruits like apricots, prunes, figs, etc.
Foods that are bad are the heavily-processed, fast-burning foods that have carbohydrates in the form of sugar, white flour, etc., as well as, of course, too much fatty food (e.g. cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sweets)
It may also be good to stop drinks that have caffeine like tea, coffee and cola especially during summer because caffeine get water out of your body faster and your body gets thirsty!
Deep-fried foods, like KFC, samosas or any food that has a lot of fat and oil are bad for fasting people.
Remember to use more onions and tomatoes for Sahari. This the pre-dawn meal should be a wholesome, moderate meal that makes you full and gives enough energy for many hours.
Iftar is the meal which breaks the day’s fast. This meal can be dates, like the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Iftar. Dates will give a lot of energy. The meal should be a normal meal and not big dinner.
Many of the foods which we talk about here are in the Holy Qur’an, and the Sunnah (the Prophet’s way of life) that are also related to modern techniques for a healthy life. The most common foods that Prophet Mohammed used were milk, dates, lamb/mutton and oats plus healthy foods that are in the Holy Qur’an like fruits and vegetables, such as olives, onions, cucumber, figs, dates, grapes as well as pulses such as lentils. The blessed Prophet said:
“The children of Adam fill no container worse than their stomach. Only eat a little food that keeps your back straight… But if you want to eat more, one third of your stomach must be for drinks, and one third for gases and one third for food.”
“I have only been sent for the perfection of character”.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is an opportunity to make significant changes in your lifestyle and develop the resolve to make great living choices:
- Heightened consciousness of God
- Healthy lifestyle
- Compassion and charity
- Community (everybody is the same)
But Do Not forget that fast that is not for God is empty of blessing. First it must be for obeying Gods orders (that are all for the good of us)
- Imam Ali (AS) says that” God told people to fast to test His servants’ sincerities”.
- Imam Ali (AS) has also said: One of great aims of worships such as fasting is to kill the arrogance.
- Imam Ali (AS) states that we have two fasts: Body fast and soul fast. Soul fast is bigger and harder and more important and it is to say no to sins related to five senses (hearing, touching, smelling, seeing and tasting). So souls can be free from dirtiness.
- Imam has also said that “We, people, must fast in Ramadan and it is like a shield keeping us away from the Hell”.