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Muslims are required to fast a month (Ramadan) in every year. We should stop eating, drinking and some other actions during the day and we are allowed to eat, drink, etc. again at evening. If one ask that why we should do so, what might be our answer? 

I want to put this question forward, so that every body can share his/her idea and we finally be able to have different reasons for fasting. In this way, we'll be able to fast in a more meaningful way and to improve our understanding about fasting.

 

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26 minutes ago, Sajjad1414 said:

 If one ask that why we should do so, what might be our answer? 

I want to put this question forward, so that every body can share his/her idea and we finally be able to have different reasons for fasting. In this way, we'll be able to fast in a more meaningful way and to improve our understanding about fasting.

 

Because Allah [swt] says so.

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It is an exercise in self control.

It focuses one on spiritual rather than worldly matters.

It helps the body to remove toxins.

It improves empathy with the poor and the sick.

But mostly:

13 minutes ago, Dhulfikar said:

Because Allah [swt] says so.

 

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8 minutes ago, Dhulfikar said:

Because Allah [swt] says so.

That is right. Indeed, all the obligations that we have are because of the order of God. But since we believe that God is al-Hakim (the most wise), his orders should have some reasons. Learning these reasons, can help us to follow his commands in a more suitable way and act based on knowledge and al-Ma'rifah.

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Its to reduce arrogance and taking things for granted. It helps us to empathize with the poor and oppressed,who go without food for days. It also gives a clear window for people to pay zakat and sadaqah,which some wouldn't do in other months. It creates a better community,forge better bonds and gives more time to reflect on our actions in this world. There are numerous benefits one can mention and these are just a few. The wisdom of Allah (swt) can't be confined or defined.

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What we eat, drink and do has an energy which can block the divine energy from flowing within us so we refrain from them to allow that divine energy to flow within us with the help of reading Quran, prayers and good deeds. This makes our electromagnetic field stronger which means spiritually stronger. (This is my own opinion)

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By the way, this article gives you good reason for fasting from a non-Muslim's point of view. It is disappointing at first but it gets more promising as you read on :) 

http://www.webmd.com/diet/is_fasting_healthy

However, I believe that we must perform our religious duties because God wants us to, not because they are healthy. That is more like being the servant of God, rather than being the servants of our own bodies!

Edited by Salman Haqiqi

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