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Fasting is the best remedy for body health, a physical and spiritual diet. When someone does not care about his food, he gives harm to his body and health.

According to what Abu Hurayra reported, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) said:

Observe fasting and you will be healthy.” (At-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, 2:83)

Fasting is the best remedy for body health, a physical and spiritual diet. When someone does not care about his food, he gives harm to his body and health. When he does not care whether the food he eats is halal (permissible) or not, he gives harm to his spiritual life; his nafs (self, soul) dominates him, he cannot hear or obey his heart and soul any more. When the nafs takes the reins, “he can not ride it any more, it rides him”.

Man gets used to the diet and learns to obey the rules thanks to fasting in Ramadan. He does not fill his stomach without digesting the food in it and he does not become exposed to illnesses. By getting used to obeying the rules, he keeps himself away from the sins and follows the path of the religion and mind.

Thus, he keeps his spiritual life clean.

Stomach and other digestion organs need to rest. Thus, the body burns the excessive fat and becomes energetic. During that resting period, the heart can take the nutrition of dhikr (mentioning Allah) and prayers easily. Those human senses realize that they are not created only for that stomach factory and runs for their real tasks.

In that holy month, heart and soul, mind and senses get mature and ascend to the highs by means of fasting. Though the stomach cries, they smile innocently.

From this point of view, fasting gives man both the wealth of health and the wealth of afterworld.

As reported by Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) tells the following regarding the issue:

Allah (swt), revealed the following to a Prophet from the sons of Israel:

Tell your tribe, whoever fasts for one day, I give health to his body, and increase his reward.” (Kanz al-Ummal, 8:447)