Fasting is Healthy

By: Rumki Chowdhury

You are probably surprised to have just read that sentence. According to NHS Dr. Razeen Mahroof, fasting is ‘a detoxification process,’ which ‘also occurs because any toxins stored in the body’s fat are dissolved and removed from the body.’ This not only clears our body of all ‘bad’ food, but also the body burns the fat to make energy!

Namaaz or Salah, the Muslim way of prostrating to Allah, is a form of mild exercise, which can also be considered a form of yoga. Bending down slowly, taking the ‘turtle’ position and then sitting back up…. These are just the few ways Muslims exercise their body almost every day and not just during Ramadan.

‘Allah hu Akbar,’ which is Arabic for ‘Allah is Great’ has its meditative purposes. Number one is that as Muslims say ‘Allah hu Akbar,’ they throw their hands up in the air and that is the gesture signifying that they are throwing all of their worries and thoughts off their shoulders and about to focus on one thing…prayer. This gesture leads to a clarification of the mind so that one can focus on one goal or aim, in this case, Allah, and reap the rewards, as a result. ‘In remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace’ (Qur’an, 13:28).

Lack of food leads to tiredness. It is okay to let your body relax, take a nap or sleep comfortably. It is scientifically proven that sleeping on your back or on your right side is the best position for a healthy heart and reduces pressure on the liver and intestines.

Muslims’ home away from home. It is, in fact, a social point for all. Muslims not only pray at the masjid, but also find it a social gathering, a place where they can eat, sleep and read the Qur’an or Hadith. The masjid has a peaceful ambiance, perfect to set the mind, body and soul at ease.

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