By Adel Eldin, Guest columnist
Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:35am
The holy month of Ramadan begins Saturday, (June 28) and is a great opportunity for spiritual renewal with physical and health benefits.
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset with no food or drink and have nightly prayers called Taraweeheh, (joy of the heart prayer). Department of Health guidelines in England included fasting as a way to promote comprehensive health to combat chronic diseases as diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease and degenerative arthritis.
Among the benefits of Ramadan fasting:
Ramadan is about sharing what God has given you with the orphan, the poor and needy because that charity will help you in this life and hereafter. Ramadan brings inner peace and happiness due to the release of natural endorphins produced with fasting, praying in large amounts and doing good deeds. Fasting is a true gift from God, and should be practiced and shared by everyone.
You don't have to do this strict fasting if you are not an observing Muslim in the month of Ramadan but you could have liquid-only diets (smoothies or shakes) rather than solids, leading to weight loss to combat obesity and fight stress. It is a true effective therapy for the human being. And, please share a sunset meal with your Muslim neighbors at any Mosque because it is the month of mercy, compassion and charity for entire humanity.
Dr. Adel Eldin is a cardiologist practicing in Brooksville and Wesley Chapel.
Ramadan, which began last week, comes at a time when the world is in a desperate need for a spiritual uplifting.
Consider this blessed month as a month-long sale for any good deed that will be multiplied hundreds of times to help wipe out all sins of the previous year. Giving up all worldly pleasures, fasting all day and praying all night is the monthly spiritual routine.
To reflect on the spiritual values of Ramadan, which include patience and sincerity, we teach the youth that they cannot fake their fasting as they are watched by God all day. Ramadan teaches us to be humble as there is no difference between rich or poor, young or old. All fasting for the sake of their Lord from sunrise to sunset.