Fasting helps us feel at peace
Fasting, whether during the month of Ramadan or out of choice during the remainder of the year, helps us to feel at peace. We find comfort when we fast as we are more able to focus on our Lord and we are more conscious of what we spend our time doing.
We feel weaker when we are fasting. This helps us to avoid arrogance, as we can see practically that we are not able to always feel strong and energetic. This puts our minds at peace because we readily accept and understand that Allah is the One Who has power over all things – not us or anyone else. We read in the Qur’an:
“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.” (Qur’an 4:28)
We are more focused on Allah because we know we are fasting. We remember Him more than we usually would. This helps us to feel at peace as we avoid becoming overly engaged with or stressed about matters of this temporary life.
We are more conscious of our actions because we want our reward for fasting to be greater. We feel more motivated to engage more in other acts of worship as we are already fasting, which is an act of worship for which we know there is a great reward. Our fast throughout the day reminds us of our Lord and our purpose. We read in a hadith that Abu Hurairah (RA) said that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied between ten and seven hundred times. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for My sake.” (Muslim)
We do not have as much energy to do meaningless things when we fasting. As we feel more tired, we do not have the energy to do the things that we usually may have spent a lot of time on. For example, we will not feel like watching television shows that are of no benefit to us and we will not engage in idle talk with those around us. Therefore, fasting helps us to find peace as we are more focused on doing things which improve our spirituality. We remember that this world has many distractions. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?” (Qur’an 6:32)
When we are fasting, it is easier for us to avoid sins because we know we are fasting, and we do not want to weaken or break our fast. For example, when we are in conversation with someone, we are more mindful about avoiding the sin of gossiping. Our fast has helped us to find peace as we are not having to struggle as much as usual to avoid things that are bad for us. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (Qur’an 59:18)