Medical benefits of fasting
Allah Almighty has bestowed upon us His wonderful gift in the form of the fasts of Ramadan so that we could attain piety and Divine pleasure, as Allah Almighty mentions in Surat ul Baqara of the Holy Qur’an (part 2 verses 183-184):
“O those who believe! Fasting has been made obligatory upon you as were made obligatory upon those before you, so that you may become pious. The days are counted. Then whosoever among you is ill or on a journey then same number of fasting in other days, and those who have no strength, should give in fine meal to a needy: then whosoever does more good, then that is better for him, and fasting is better for you if you know.”
A priest from Holland, Mr. Alf Gaal, has stated, ‘I made several patients suffering from diabetes, heart and stomach diseases fast continuously for thirty days. As a result the diabetes of the diabetics came under control, the heart patients felt a decrease in their fear and breathing problems, and the condition of the stomach patients improved the most.’
According to a published newspaper article, a team of researchers and doctors from Germany, England and America came to Pakistan in the Holy Month of Ramadan. They chose Karachi, Lahore, and the city of Faisalabad for their research-work. The report issued by the researchers, after the surveys concluded that Muslims suffer relatively less ear, nose and throat (E.N.T.) illnesses as a result of ablution they make prior to their daily Salah offered in abundance during this month. Muslims also get less stomach, liver, heart and nerve problems as they eat less due to fasting habits.
Moreover, Sigmund Freud, a psychologist, has also accepted the fact that fast is an excellent cure for physical stress, depression and mental disorders.