How good is Muslim Fasting? (Sawm)

Hitomi (@kidvisions) 9 years, 10 months ago

I was reading this article about fasting in Ramadan, and I wanted to hear the opinion of Muslims and non-Muslims here:
http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Adverse_Effects_of_Islamic_Fasting
I have a real concern with abstinence from drinking water and from the habits that most Muslims follow during Ramada! Yes, they do not eat or drink anything in the morning, but at night they would indulge in binge eating and would also consume a lot of unhealthy fat, added sugar and sweets! (It’s part of the tradition) or would on the contrary eat just a little bit (not common though) to follow the sunna as they claim.

July 26, 2012 at 6:12 am
Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

This is a Muslim’s answer:
http://islamqa.info/en/ref/41869/fasting%20health
Please tell me what do you think? :)

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I think it could be quite healthy, if done in a right way. You can probably find some article about it. Like http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/HealthyRamadan/Pages/healthyramadanhome.aspx

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Thoth (7) (@thoth) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@kidvisions, considering that I was born Muslim to a Muslim family, from my point of view the whole point of fasting is to attempt to transcend our needs as humans that includes abstaining from sexual acts and swearing, it’s about being a better person in general with benefits such as detoxifying your body and strengthening your willpower. I’m no Doctor so I’m not sure about any adverse affects but even in that case, you’re not forced to fast if you’re incapable of fasting for any sort of reason you’re not supposed to fast.

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Ajie Hastomo (36) (@salvat0re) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@kidvisions, fasting is good for your body, mind and soul. our body works 24/7 for a year, and they need a rest too, fasting is one of the way. we took a month from 12 montha to rest our body and regenerate our body cells. fasting will recharge yourself physically, mentally and spiritually, an all-around therapy i must say.

you dont have to be muslim to fast, because it’s been done by the people from the previous religion. try it, trust me it’s worth to try.

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Jake (198) (@jesus) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Of course it’s not healthy, they don’t do it for health purposes.

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Ajie Hastomo (36) (@salvat0re) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@jesus, yes we dont do that for health purposes, but aside of religion reason it’s proven that fasting has benefit for our health.

check these links for fasting information and benefits:
http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/benefits-of-fasting.aspx
http://www.youmeworks.com/fasting.html

besides fasting is not muslim’s exclusive practice, people from the previous religion did it, christian did it, so im sure it has a great deal of benefit for our self. im fasting every year for a whole month since i was a kid, and i feel the results from fasting to be rewarding, true story.

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I think it’s retarded.

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Kazi (140) (@kazi) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@generaltitsvonchodehoffen, congrats for being the first vulgar commenter i’ve seen on this site

OT, fasting alone can be good to many people who have health problems and addictions with food. Ramadan on the other hand, is usually not a month where you lose weight, rather gain it, like OP has mentioned. True, some people do take advantage of it and try to lose weight during the month.

Even though i’m an atheist and have not told my parents, they still force me to observe Ramadan. For me personally Ramadan effects me negatively. It is not good for my psychological well being because if i don’t have food in me, i get very irritable and my temper problems increase tenfold (i’m taking the steps to controlling my anger don’t worry :p )
Also recently it’s not good for my lifestyle. I’ve been skinny all my life but for the past year i’ve been trying to build some muscle and gain some weight and it’s been going great. But when i’m forced to practice fasting during Ramadan by my parents (oh gosh last year before i head out to college and make my own rules) i lose a lot of what i have gained because being the hard-gainer i am, i have to constantly keep my body fueled, hydrated and at an anabolicstate for me to gain any muscle at all.

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Michael (30) (@mikey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@kazi so basically you can say it is retarded for you to fast…..

@generaltitsvonchodehoffen was just stating his opinion and I really don’t see how it is “vulgar” at all. He doesn’t see the value in fasting, so it’s retarded. How is that vulgar?

I have never fasted so I really can’t answer the question. I have always wanted to try, but I really don’t know too much about it. @salvat0re I will check those sites out! Thanks.

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Human explorer (1) (@vamxxx1) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Well..iam a muslim..in the beginning i have to say that “good” doesnt have to mean good physicaly or good for healthy..for me personally..fasting doesn’t affect my health for worse or for better..or maybe it has a slight effect that i don’t notice..you can gain weight or lose weight depending on what u eat after sunset so it depends on u..fasting main reason that we know in religion is to practically feel how the poor feel when they dont have food..other reason which is i believe is the most important..is how to avoid ur habbits..how to make a choice..how to insist on something..how to stop ur basic instincts for the whole day..when u do this..u feel free..u feel that u can stop anything and do anything.thats how i see it..

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@kidvisions, I think it’s healthy but in the end its what you do with the experience that matters. I’m sure a lot of people get nothing out of fasting except frustration. Just like how if you sit there with your eyes closed, it doesn’t mean you’re meditating. You could do it all you want but nothing’s going to happen. There probably are some basic health benefits that everyone gets regardless of how they treat the experience, but your individual state of mind is more important in reaping benefits.

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

But I don’t think abstaining from things as a punishment to yourself really ever works at doing anything positive. Denial of your desires and struggling to to resist them does nothing but produce anxiety and negativity.

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@kazi, Thanks! That is quite an honor, although it means you probably have not been on this site very long. Also the description of your experience with Ramadan backs my view up pretty well.

@mikey, Thanks bro.

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radiohead_s1 (0) (@radioheads1) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Ramadan requires you to not only to fast and abstain from sexual acts (although after the fasting period of the day is over, husband and wife can engage in sex), it asks you to change your perspective in order for your Fast to be resourceful for you. It asks for your best behavior or else your Fast might not be accepted. This is an attempt to keep people who are fasting from thinking twice before engaging in behavior (or thought) that is not benefiting ones spiritual/moral self.
Also there are lots of physiological aspects that go into it.

Forgive me if i’m wrong for i think before anybody wants to do Ayahuasca, they have to fast. Primary reason being in avoiding Tyramine in the system which can have bad reactions to the MAOI inhibitor. I know i’ve heard this a million times that DMT is being generated in our bodies, and i also heard that Fasting slows down metabolism. I dont know if fasting for a whole month could have effect on the metabolism to allow for the natural dmt to flow longer than usual in the brain-causing slight changes to ones ability to observe and percieve better. Please share your thoughts on this.

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