شهر الخير والرحمة
شهر الخير والرحمة
Today is the first day of the month of Rajab in the Hijri Calendar.
I will be fasting for 114 days starting today until the end of the month of Ramadan, will break the fast on 1st Day of Eid El Fitr, then start fasting again on the 2nd day to complete the 114 days.
Fasting from Rajab till the end of Ramadan is not obligatory but it’s recommended. If it is done right and accepted, it should help shake off the sins.
In all 3 religions, fasting is considered a way to get closer to God and stay away from earthy indulgences. It is also considered a spiritual exercise in different cultures and lifestyles.
In Islam, fasting is not only about food, but it should be applied to all our senses: no listening to or spreading gossip or rumors, no bad talk, no staring ..etc.. While this should be applied everyday, fasting creates additional restraints.
Hopefully, by the end of the 114 days, I will feel less sinful and more spiritual.
Fasting is not about starving, but it will reduce our food intake and give our body, especially our digestive system, a break, a chance to relax, and it will help get rid of toxins.
It will also help improve brain functions, as the brain will worry less about digestion.
“A 2008 study found that people who fast on a regular basis lower their risk of contracting coronary disease. In 2014, a follow up study found that fasting instigates metabolic changes and lowers “bad” cholesterol levels, which in turn can reduce the chance of heart disease by as much as 58%. That study also showed a decrease in blood sugar levels among people who fast.”
We take food for granted, and our major concern is which cuisine, which restaurant, which street vendor, which plate or menu item etc..while many families are living in hunger including children in Americas, Asia, and Africa.
This will help us be more grateful for what we have.
I am planning to loose 30KGs in 90 days by reducing the food and drinks, and eating healthier choices during iftar.
While fasting might not a tool for weight loss, but it will help me shift toward a healthier diet and loose the extra weight.
it should free couple of hours everyday.
Ramadan fasting is obligatory on every able adult Muslim.
Contrary to some popular practices, the month of Ramadan is an opportunity for religious redemption and reflection, and not a month of laziness or food excess.
Fasting in Rajab and Shabban, the two months before Ramadan, will help us get in that mindset and be prepared to fully benefit from the month of Ramadan.
Why 114? It’s the number of suwar / chapters in Quran.