Fasting is a distinctive moral and spiritual feature in Islam for all muslims in this world. This word derived from “Sawm” which is an Arabic word for fasting regulate by Islamic jurisprudence. The definition of fasting means to abstain totally from food, drinks, smoking and intimate intercourse for the whole day during daylight time before the break of the dawn. It is an act of faith but there may be other reasons such as; there are medical needs for a patient to fast for operations and also some people take part in subsidised fasting to raise money for charity. Among those who fast for religious reasons, they have much different prescription for fasting with a person means and piece to abstain from alongside the period of time. Other religion ban fasting as it brings no good to people but hunger. The beneficial of fasting can come in many points both in physical and moral side. The people who fast can feel the starvation to that much of mankind feels on day by day basis as much population in the world who is in poverty which makes humanity draw closer and appreciate what they have been blessed with. On the ethical side, one must not lie, quarrel and gossips as this will bring peace to one another. Fasting is a good practice as for the time when we in need of food or drinks in normal days which is prohibited in the month of fasting, so we embark on some training of our longing. On physical state of fasting, the health benefits can lower the chance of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is made compulsory to those male and female who is sane and mature. Those who are elderly, sick, on a long journey, nursing or woman who are pregnant are allowed to break their fast but they must make up an equal number of days later after the month of Ramadan. If they are physically unable to fast, they must feed the needy person on each day they missed fasting. Children begin to fast...
...Fasting and Medication Administration page 1
Fasting and Medication Administration
March 2, 2010
Fasting and Medication Administration page 2
We all know the procedure for when a patient comes in complaining about chest pain, chest pressure, or chest tightness. First oxygen, EKG, IV site, Aspirin administration, vital signs, Nitrogen administration, blood work, chest x-ray, ect… and all within 15 minutes. Now take the same scenerio and change the patient to a person who is in a religious fast and refuses to take anything by mouth. Aspirin is big on the medication list for drugs that help decrease damage caused by acute myocardial infarctions. What do you do?
I had the exact same scenerio happen. I was working in a clinic when a Muslim woman came in complaining of chest pain. Unfortunately, this episode occurred during the Muslim fasting called Ramadan. “Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, adult Muslims are required to refrain from taking any food, beverages, or oral drugs (Aadil, Houti, Moussamih).” So, this young female refused to take the aspirin that was highly needed.
I was not culturally competant with all the rules and regulations imposed by Ramadan, so the care for the patient suffered. I found myself wondering why she would risk something so big on four tiny, baby aspirins. Especially since she came in with a young child in a...
...Is Fasting for Christians?
IN ANSWER to that question you may have been told: “Yes, for Jesus recommended fasting for his followers.” If you are a practicing Catholic, you would respond in the affirmative, for you recognize certain fast days, and in particular you always fast before taking “Holy Communion.”
Did Jesus really recommend or command fasting for his followers?
In the instances recorded in the Bible, fasting was done as an expression of sorrow and repentance for sins or when under distressing conditions. (Dan. 10:2, 3; 1 Sam. 31:13; 2 Chron. 20:3, 4) Also, persons might fast when in sore need of divine guidance or at times when unusual concentration on some service to God was necessary.—Judg. 20:26; Esther 4:16.
ATONEMENT DAY, WITH ITS FASTING, PICTORIAL
However, neither Jesus Christ nor his apostles commanded Christians to observe fasts. On the other hand, the Scriptures do not forbid them to fast. In the instances where Jesus gave counsel on fasting he was speaking to Jews under the Law covenant. (Matt. 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14) Under the Law, fasting was to be observed at certain times and on certain occasions, notably on the Day of Atonement.
On this day, the tenth day of the seventh lunar month, the Jews were to ‘afflict their souls.’ (Lev. 16:29-31) This included fasting, as indicated by the words of David, who said concerning distressing conditions...
...What is Fasting?
Fasting is the discipline of abstinence from food. It can also consist of eating very little or abstinence from certain foods.
• Rice fasting: Yes, you can fast on rice! Rice fasting is actually an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. Plan on 3-6 cups of rice per day, keeping to moderation as much as possible.
Why do Christians Fast?1
Most Common Lengths for Fasting3
•Fasting is an act of humility before God, undertaken in part to seek His divine intervention in the events of our physical world. • It is the example of Christ, the prophets, and the apostles. • It provides more time to pray, seek God’s face, and repent because we are more focused on the Lord and less concerned with daily routines such as preparing meals and eating. • It brings revelation by the Holy Spirit of our true spiritual condition, leading to brokenness, repentance, and change, and allows the Holy Spirit to work in a most unusual, powerful way. • It helps us concentrate on the Word of God to make it more meaningful, vital, and practical in our lives. • It transforms prayer into a richer, more personal experience. • It can help us regain a strong sense of spiritual determination and restore the loss of our first love for our Lord. • Fasting is private in nature, in that Christians do not use it to been seen, but to follow the example of Christ (Matt...
3 November 2014
Intermittent Fasting: Why Breakfast is not the Most Important Meal of the Day.
Intermittent Fasting can have many health benefits, as well as aid in fat and overall weight loss. Many people across the world practice fasting at times, but this is mostly for reasons that have to do with religion. For example, Muslims will do a half day fast during Ramadan, while Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This is only for a short time though and usually only once a year. Almost everyone fasts daily, when they are sleeping, but Intermittent Fasting (or IF) takes that time and increases it. Some versions follow a one day on one day off protocol, others will have you fast 24 hours twice a week, and another popular version is fasting every day for 16 hours, while eating 8 (St. Pierre and Birardi 1-2). Most nutritionist and health experts say that the key to a healthy diet is many small meals throughout the day. There is very little, if any, research proving that to be true. In fact, recent studies have shown just the opposite to be true. That IF, decreasing the amount of time you spend eating, has improved health and lead to fat and weight loss.
The most important part of any diet is how it improves overall health. IF has been shown in multiple studies to help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, control seizures, improve insulin...
...A Biblical Perspective on FastingFasting is not a common practice in our day and time. For many people fasting may even seem strange or ancient. However, God's Word assumes that fasting will be a regular activity in the part of a believer's life. Let's take a moment to look at what true Biblical Fasting is, and how we should respond to what the Bible has to say about fasting.
What BiblicalFasting is Not
Some people struggle with biblical issues, some people just twist them into something they can benefit from themselves. Fasting has become one of those issues which can easily be misunderstood, or practiced with the wrong motives. Let's take a moment to look at what fasting should not be:
A physical or psychological discipline -- God does not want us to fast purely as a physical discipline. (For example, dieting for the purpose of losing weight or for some other physical benefit.) Dieting is obviously not wrong, however a spiritual fast should not be motivated by a desire just to loose weight. It should also be noted that most nutritionists agree that fasting is a very ineffective weight loss option. If weight loss is your goal, then other diet plans actually function much more effectively long term. When the Bible uses the term "fasting" it has spiritual goals in mind.
A weapon of manipulation Sometimes people...
...Fasting and Solitude
Fasting and Solitude are both spiritual disciplines that help us to be more like Christ. Fasting has to deal with one abstaining from nourishment. Next, biblical fasting is associated with solemn periods of prayer. The more solemnly we appeal to prayer in addition to fasting, the profound the consequences we will meet. Fasting in the body makes us proficient to stand against the temptations of the flesh. Solitude is a fundamental discipline of self-denial. In which one avoids interacting with other individuals for a few hours or days in order to be in solitude with God and be discovered by him. For solitude to be efficient, it needs to be totally silent. The following paragraph will go into the purpose of fasting and solitude in one’s life. In addition, as it pertains in my life will examine the experiences of fasting and solitude. I have discovered that numerous individuals in the congregation have at no time been instructed about fasting and solitude. As a consequence, they do not comprehend why fasting, solitude are significant, that which the Bible instructs about fasting, or how to fast. Too many believe, fasting sounds...
...Scientific Aspects of Fasting
Dr.Lalit V Vithalani, Dr.Bhagyashri Sakharkar.
As a matter of fact, there is no need to establish the ayurvedic basics once again on the modern methodology of scientific exploration, since these are in practice and in action since centuries. But to attract the modern generation to its fold it is quiet desirable to a certain extend to try out Ayurveda on modern methodology, which can only further strengthen the system in the long run. There has been much contention in the scientific field about whether or not fasting is beneficial to one’s health. Fasting is an integral part of many major religions and one of the methods of Ayurvedic treatment. In Ayurveda. Agnimandya is considered as root cause of many diseases and Langhan (proper fasting) is the Gold standard remedy in its treatment.
Paracelsus described as “Fasting is the greatest remedy; the physician within”.
Fasting has been called the "miracle cure" because the list of physical conditions improved by fasting is long and varied such as allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders of all kinds, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. Fasting initiates the body's own healing mechanisms. Fasting is a wonderful antidote for our usual over-indulgences. There's nothing wrong with enjoying our food, but excess food...
...Commit to Fasting: Renew your Mind, Body and Spirit
Do you want to feel better, live longer, and experience mental clarity? Fasting is one of the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes; it’s also an excellent method to develop self-restrain and spiritual enlightenment. According to the Dalai Lama, “The key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. This is obtained by developing our good human qualities.”(96).Fasting is an excellent practice that helps to develop good human qualities. There are many different ways to fast, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines fasting as, “abstaining from food, or some types of food.” (392) One should practice fasting regularly, because according to the Bible and scientific studies, it is proven that fasting is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal to experience a better relationship with God, detoxification and restoration from body ailments, release from the bondage of food and weight loss, and some use “hunger strikes” to alter government policies. Fasting is an ancient harmless exercise that just about anyone can do.
The webpages titled, “The Art of Living-Relating to Life, and Pretty Thin” fasting is defined as an amount of time that you abstain from either all foods or specific foods. Fluids are drunk to meet thirst and mental requirements. While not eating food,...