While Muslims practise fasting for its spiritual benefits, modern science is only now discovering its numerous medical benefits. For instance intermittent fasting, similar to the regular voluntary fasting encouraged and practised by the Holy Prophet (pbuh), has now been proposed to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders.
Presented below is a new BBC Programme called ‘Eat, Fast and Live Longer,’ (only available to UK viewers- sorry world!), and a Guardian article exploring the neurological advantages of fasting once or twice a week. Finally, an excellent article on Ramadan by Hadhrat Muhammad Zafrulla Khan Sb (ra) is presented, to remind us of the spirit of Ramadan.
The Power of Intermittent Fasting – BBC Article
Claim that giving up almost all food for one or two days a week can counteract impact of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
It must never be overlooked that the whole of fasting, whether obligatory, as during the month of Ramadhan, or voluntary, as at other times, is to promote righteousness, which means the progressive cultivation of spiritual values.