Know All About Fasting in Holy Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. People fast in it during the day, and when the sun rises, people stop eating or drinking anything unless they have a health condition that prevents them from fasting. After that, when the sun sets, they can eat or drink. Furthermore, every adult has to fast during Ramadan because fasting Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Ramadan Fasting Conditions for Muslims: there are six conditions for a person's fast to valid:

  • Islam: Fasting is only for a Muslim. 
  • Puberty: A person doesn't need to fast until he reaches puberty.
  • Mind stability:  No need for fasting for someone who is insane or not stable at all.
  • The ability to fast: Fasting is a duty for every capable one. The hypothesis waived for the disabled, such as those with chronic diseases.
  • Stability: A traveler doesn't have to fast.
  • Rid of inhibitions: This condition is specifically for women. Menstruating women and postpartum don't need to fast.The things that invalidate the fast: If a Muslim does these things, he's not fasting.

Such as:

  • Intercourse, which is the most prominent type of sin. 
  • Masturbation.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Eating and drinking, such as blood and nutritious injections.
  • Vomiting on purpose.
  • Trial or postpartum, blood coming out of the woman.

The Benefits of Fasting

One of the spiritual benefits of fasting is that it teaches self-control, patience which is the supreme goal of fasting. Among the social benefits of fasting is that it encourages the Islamic nation to order and union. Also, it generates mercy and kindness, as it protects the society from corruption and increases social cohesion.

The benefits of fasting aren't limited to the spiritual and psychological aspects. They also have a lot of health benefits, and here are eight health benefits of fasting that you should know:

  • It helps to remove toxins from the body.
  • It improves the work of the digestive system.
  • It helps with treating infections and allergic diseases.
  • It reduces blood sugar levels.
  • It helps with burning fats.
  • It treats high blood pressure.
  • It promotes healthy eating habits.
  • It boosts the immune system. 

Ramadan and Openness to Society

Ramadan in the Arab and Islamic countries has a great taste and human dimension, even non-Muslims sharing the joy and rituals of the month. Many of them fast with their Muslim brothers in the holy month. Moreover, in Europe, the month of Ramadan has a broad social character among Muslims and society at all levels. 

Muslims held Iftar meals annually, and officials from all groups and institutions called to participate in it. The open iftars that public Europeans attend happens in a friendly atmosphere, apparent heartfelt affection, and constant communication.


Fasting may be one of the most demanding pillars on which the Islamic religion is, but it affects Muslims' lives on all levels. Moreover, it guarantees the difficulty of fasting and avoiding desires to psychological comfort and a great sense of peace. Indeed, the joy when the fasting person eats is indescribable as it teaches them to appreciate all the blessings in life to feel the poor people and sympathize with them.

Written By - Shahd Aladwan

Edited by - Susan Ismail 

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