Philosophy of Fasting – Writing No. 875

 Philosophy of Fasting – Writing No. 875


Philosophy of Fasting - Writing No. 875

In every religion of the world, some acts of worship have been prescribed to purify oneself from worldly densities. Islam has also prescribed a system of worship for its followers.

In every religion of the world, some acts of worship have been proposed to purify oneself from worldly densities. Islam has also proposed a system of worship for its followers through which Muslims can get rid of the pollution of the soul and attain nearness to God. Are In this system of worship, fasting is the most important thing after prayers. The word fasting and fasting is used in the Qur’an for fasting. The literal meaning of fasting is to stop.

In Islamic terms, “fasting for the purpose of worship of a Muslim from dawn to dusk, intentionally abstaining from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse” is called fasting. The month of Ramadan is obligatory for Muslims to fast.

O you who believe! 

A look at the history of the United Nations reveals that the concept of fasting has existed in ancient religions as well. The importance of fasting can be gauged from the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel as well as the books of Hinduism, Buddhism, Greece and Persia. Is. It is mentioned in chapter 8 of the Bible, Zechariah.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, The fast of the fourth, and of the fifth, and of the seventh, and of the tenth month, shall be a day of joy and gladness to the children of Judah, and a feast of gladness.

The importance of fasting in Hinduism is evident from the fact that Hindu yogis still go to the mountains and forests to have fun and purify their souls from luxuries. The history of Buddhism shows that when Prince Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) ascended the throne, he sat in the forest and made fasting the basis of his penance. When he was engaged in meditation under a poplar tree, he gave up. Constantly starving along with the world.

Among the Greek scholars, Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato also defined the concepts of good and evil, emphasizing chastity and piety. The followers also used to give up food and drink on certain days and leave their homes and go out to the forests and mountains for worship.

The emphasis of the ancient religions on eating less indicates that in order to attain perfection in spirituality it is necessary to reduce the amount of food. Less eating is not only a spiritual necessity but also a medical condition for human health. Very useful for. Eating too much and sleeping too much suppresses a person’s consciousness and reduces the likelihood of spiritual progress. This is the basis of the Islamic philosophy of fasting.

Islam not only taught its believers to eat less but also made fasting a part of Islam. In the hadiths, man is commanded to divide his stomach into three parts while eating, one for food and one for water. It is further stated that a believer eats with one intestine while a disbeliever eats with seven intestines (ie, with a full stomach) (agreed upon Most of the time he tied a stone on his stomach with the Companions due to starvation. The Companions of Safa who used to learn the religion by staying in his service, Always eat less.

If he came to eat a little from somewhere, he would have eaten it, otherwise he would have been patient and grateful.

It is a golden rule of Islam to eat when you are hungry and to give up starvation. It is a well-known fact that a king of Ajam sent a skilled physician to the service of the Holy Prophet. He lived in Arabia for many years. Disappointed, he came to the Holy Prophet (saw) and complained that I had been sent especially to serve his companions, but no one paid any attention to me during this period, so I had no chance to serve. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: It is the custom of these people not to eat until hunger compels them, and when there is still hunger, they withdraw from food. The doctor said that this is the cause of good health. And went back.

Referring to the biography of Ard Sher Babakan, Sheikh Saadi (may Allah have mercy on him) writes that people asked an Arab sage how much food should be eaten throughout the day. He said, “Twenty-nine (29) is enough for the amount of towel. Someone said that this small amount will give you strength. The sage said that this amount will carry you and you will carry more than that, ie this amount.” It will sustain you and you will have to carry more than that.

(Gulistan Saadi)

Modern medical science requires less energy to digest less food and more energy to digest more food. If the food is chicken and heavy then it needs more energy which is why people who eat chicken food often complain of indigestion. The stomach is like a factory that converts food into proteins, salts and fats to meet the body’s needs. Fills up and eliminates waste, eating too much food makes all the parts of the factory work harder, which causes them to spoil quickly, in which case the food is undigested, causing stomach upset. Yes, which can lead to life-threatening diseases.