Individual benefits of Saum

  1. Fasting for Muslims is a method of annual spiritual purification, renewal, and reflection.
  2. By self-denial of worldly comforts, a fasting person comes to understand what it feels like to be hungry, thereby enabling them to empathize with the poor and needy in society by sharing their suffering.
  3. Fasting instills patience, teaches self-control and discipline.
  4. Fasting increases compassion for the less fortunate.
  5. Fasting builds focus on spirituality and diminishes the focus on materialism.
  6. Fasting has many health benefits.
  7. Fasting can be atonement for sin and can earn a great reward.
  8. Fasting is part of a strong spiritual and physical renewal plan.
  9. Fasting commemorates important sacred religious events.
  10. Fasting encourages self-discipline and helps to forge a stronger bond of obedience to Allah by the endeavor to become spiritually stronger.
  11. Muslims believe that sawm helps to train them not to become slaves to their material needs and desires, and heightens their awareness of Allah.
  12. Closeness to and consciousness of Allah
  13. Fasting teaches man the principle of sincere love; because when he observes the fasting he doses it out of deep love for Allah. And the man who loves Allah truly is a man who really knows what love is.
  14. It equips man with a creative sense of hope and an optimistic outlook on life; because when he fast he is hoping to please Allah and is seeking His Grace.
  15. It imbues man with a genuine virtue of effective Devotion, honest and Dedication and closeness to Allah because when he fasts he does so for Allah alone.
  16. It cultivates in man a vigilant and sound conscience; because the fasting person keeps his fast in secret as well as in public. In Fasting, especially, there is no mundane authority to check man’s behavior or compel him to observe the fasting, he keeps it to please Allah and satisfy his own conscience by being faithful in secret and in public. There is no better way to cultivate a sound conscience in man.
  17. It is an effective lesson in applied moderation and willpower. The person who observes his Fasting properly is certainly a man who can discipline his passionate desires and place his self above physical temptation. Such is the man of personality and character, the man of willpower and determination.
  18. It provides man with a transparent soul to transcend a clear mind to think and a light body to move and act. All this is the never-failing result of carrying a light stomach. Medical instructions, biological rules, and intellectual experience attest to this fact.
  19. It shows a man a new way of wise savings and sound Budgeting; because normally when he eats fewer quantities or fewer meals he spends less money and effort. And this is a spiritual semester of home economics and budgeting.
  20. It enables man to master the art of Mature Adaptability. Fasting makes a man change the entire course of his daily life.
  21. It grounds man in discipline and Healthy survival. When a person observes the regular course of fasting in consecutive days of the Holy Month and in the holy months of the consecutive years, he is certainly applying himself to a high form of discipline and a superb sense of order.
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