“The month of Ramadhaan in which was revealed the Qur-aan, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month.
Al Baqarah 2:185
Shaykh Ferkoos al Jazaa-iri: As for the benefits of fasting, they have great impacts in the purification of the soul, the refinement of the character and the consolidation of the body. Among them are:
– The fasting person familiarizes himself to patience and endures to resist things he is accustomed to and to leave his desires willingly and voluntarily so that he would restrain the caprice of his desire and overcome his soul, which is inclined to evil. He curbs his desires to give it the utmost happiness, so that it accepts that with which it would be purified; that with which it leads a happy eternal life. The fasting person narrows the circulations of Shaitân (Satan) by narrowing the streams of food and drink. He reminds himself of what the circumstances of the starving poor people are. For the love of the Lord of the world, he abandons the things he enjoys (i.e. eating and drinking). And this secret between the slave of Allaah and his Lord is the reality and end of fasting.
– Saum (fasting) refines the heart and softens it so that it remembers Allaah. Thus, it facilitates it the way of the acts of worship.
– Among the benefits of fasting is that it leads to piety (fear of Allaah) and to diminish the appeals to desires. Allaah says: “That you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious)” Al-Baqarah 2:183 in referring to the prescription of observing fasting because it is a reason to reach piety in order to narrow the streams of desires and to deaden them. Since whenever food is little, desire is weak; and sins diminish whenever desire weakens.
– Among its medical benefits; the health of the body because fasting is a protection against food mixture, which causes diseases. Thus, it preserves -if Allaah wills- external and internal organs as it was stated by the doctors.
I pray that Allaah accepts our fast, forgive us of our sins, recitfy our affairs and make us of those whom He loves.