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Fasting: Qur’anic (Dynamic) Paradigm of Health

Reference : Dr Javed Jamil

Qur’anic (Dynamic) Paradigm of Health - 5

Fundamental Duties in Islam: Impact on Health (Contd.)

Fasting
 
Fasting is the third pillar of Islam. Day long fasting is obligatory on every adult and healthy Muslim in the Islamic month of Ramadahan. Qur’an says:
 
  • O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you...(2: 183/A)
  • Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgement (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting... (2: 185/A)
  • (Fasting) for a fixed number of days. (2: 184/A) {NOTE: Fasts are 29 or 30 depending on the visibility of moon.)
  • ..but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance you shall be grateful.(2: 185/A)
  • For those who can do it (with hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. (2:184/A)
  • ..eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears...(2: 187/A)
  • Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. …” (2: 187/A)
  • .... but do not associate with your wives while you are in retreat in the mosques.(2: 187/A)

In Islam, fasting has the following features:
  1.  A full month every year is specified for fasting; fasting in other months is not obligatory.
  2. Fasting is only for the day and the average duration of a fast varies from 11-16 hours, being obviously longer in summers.
  3. During the period of fasting, no food or drink can be taken; sexual contacts are also not permitted.
  4. The believers have been advised to take a wholesome food just before the start of the fasting time as well as immediately after the expiry of the fasting time.
  5. During the month of fasting, food (lot of milk and fruits) rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals is preferred.

It is important to note that

1. Fasting technically commences within the first twelve hours of the fast when the consumption of the stored carbohydrates begins. Once the fasting goes for a long enough period to consume all the stored carbohydrates and fats, the consumption of proteins starts. This stage in fact signals the beginning of starvation. 15 Islamic fasting being only about 11-15 hour long, it in fact has a minor depleting effect on the storage of the carbohydrate and no starving effect at all. But with as many as 29-30 fasts in continuation, the net effect is some loss of stored carbohydrates; there is hardly any possibility of protein depletion particularly because protein rich diet is taken in plenty during the month.
 
Fasting technically commences within the first twelve hours of the fast when the consumption of the stored carbohydrates begins. Once the fasting goes for a long enough period to consume all the stored carbohydrates and fats, the consumption of proteins starts. This stage in fact signals the beginning of starvation. 15 Islamic fasting being only about 11-15 hour long, it in fact has a minor depleting effect on the storage of the carbohydrate and no starving effect at all. But with as many as 29-30 fasts in continuation, the net effect is some loss of stored carbohydrates; there is hardly any possibility of protein depletion particularly because protein rich diet is taken in plenty during the month.
 
2. Fasting is said to increase the process of detoxification. Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins. The elimination normally takes place through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin. Fasting precipitates detoxification, as with no food entering the body, the accumulated fat starts getting used. The utilization of fat releases harmful chemicals in the blood that are then excreted through the above mentioned organs. Even harmful chemicals like DDT that have entered the body are excreted. 16

3. Fasting is a natural healer, which is the likely reason why a person develops loss of appetite when ill.

4. Abnormal growths within the body are not protected to the extent the normal tissues are protected and are therefore more likely to be autolysed in order to fulfil the energy needs of the body.

5. Growth hormones are also known to be released more during fasting.
 
An anti-aging hormone is also released more rapidly. Researchers have argued that the only reliable method of increasing age is under-nutrition without malnutrition. This is exactly what the Prophetic traditions prescribe.
 
6. An anti-aging hormone is also released more rapidly. Researchers have argued that the only reliable method of increasing age is under-nutrition without malnutrition. This is exactly what the Prophetic traditions prescribe.

7. During fasting, the energy consumption is reduced in the gastrointestinal system and is partly diverted to the immune system strengthening its effectiveness.

It is also important to note that Ramadan falls in different seasons, as the Islamic calendar is shorter by about 10-11 days than the lunar calendar. So not only every person experiences fasting in different seasons during different phases of life, the inhabitants of different regions on the earth experience fasting in different seasons at the same time.

Furthermore, Islamic fasting is different from that in other religions in many ways.

First, the rules of fasting in Islam are distinct and elaborate. It is obligatory on every adult and healthy man and woman; it is only for the daytime; it forbids all forms of solid and liquid intake unlike fasts in some religions where certain food items are permitted.

Second, it is also associated with spiritual training.

Third, it is of social significance too as Zakah(Obligator Charity) is normally paid in this month and ends on Eid the day of biggest social celebrations in Muslim societies. The recitation of Qur’an, individually or in congregations, is an essential part of Ramadhan, which means that the Qur’anic injunctions and messages are refreshed every year leading to great ideological and moral empowerment. In short, fasting strengthens physical, mental, spiritual and social health of all those who fast.
 

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DUTIES IN
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SCIENCES
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CONTENTS

PART I: FAITH

PART II: PHILOSOPHY

PART III: CONSTITUTION

PART IV: THE SYSTEM

PART V: THE HISTORY OF CONFRONTATION

Last Word: The Final Document of Peace