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Ramzan - Benefits of Fasting

  1. 1. RAMZAN & EID PROF. P. IBRAHIM
  2. 2. ISLAM means PEACE
  3. 3. FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
  4. 4. RAMZAN-The Importance <ul><li>The month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a holy month for Muslims all over the world </li></ul>
  5. 5. RAMZAN-The Importance <ul><li>This month is considered a gift from God in the form of mercy and forgiveness. </li></ul>
  6. 6. RAMZAN-The Importance <ul><li>During this time Muslims feel they can get in touch with their inner selves, strengthen their faith and in a certain way, come closer to God. </li></ul>
  7. 7. RAMZAN-The Importance <ul><li>The most distinctive feature of this sacred month is the concept of fasting, which is the third pillar of Islam. </li></ul>
  8. 8. RAMZAN-The Importance <ul><li>The HOLY QURAN was given by GOD only in this holy month. </li></ul>
  9. 9. RAMZAN-The Practice <ul><li>Fasting normally begins at the break of dawn and ends at sunset. </li></ul>
  10. 10. RAMZAN-The Practice <ul><li>During this time, Muslims are supposed to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex. </li></ul>
  11. 11. RAMZAN-The Practice <ul><li>The entire idea of fasting is definitely not to starve oneself but to be on a different spiritual plane altogether. </li></ul>
  12. 12. RAMZAN-The Practice <ul><li>When one is not distracted by physical needs, as during fasting, one finds more time to devote and submit oneself to Allah. </li></ul>
  13. 13. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>The health benefits of fasting are many. </li></ul>
  14. 14. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>It has been proved that during fasting, the body gets a chance to develop its immune system and rid itself of the toxins that have accumulated. </li></ul>
  15. 15. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>It has also been related to a longer life expectancy. </li></ul>
  16. 16. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>Fasting also allows the Muslims to inculcate in themselves, the spirit of sacrifice because it is in the name of God, that they willingly abstain from natural desires. </li></ul>
  17. 17. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>Fasting brings to life, the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate. </li></ul>
  18. 18. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>Not being able to consume food or water for a small period of time makes one realize the importance of having easy and constant access to meals and the plight of the poor. </li></ul>
  19. 19. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>In everyday life, one does not give much thought to what poverty stricken people go through when they are in doubt about whether or not they will get their next meal. </li></ul>
  20. 20. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>In all its essence, Ramadan is the best time to give gifts in the form of Zakat and charity. Zakat is also another essential pillar of Islam. </li></ul>
  21. 21. RAMZAN- Benefits <ul><li>The concept of Zakat is to basically purify one’s wealth by giving to those who have not been as much blessed. </li></ul>
  22. 22. ALL IN ONE <ul><li>The Holy month of Ramzan gives an opportunity to fulfill all the five duties of Islam completely EVEN FOR NOT SO RICH. </li></ul>
  23. 23. ALL IN ONE <ul><li>By observing fast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People affirm their faith in Allah and His Messenger. FIRST DUTY </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. ALL IN ONE <ul><ul><li>The five time compulsory prayers are practised without fail. SECOND DUTY </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. ALL IN ONE <ul><ul><li>Fasting for 30 days - THIRD DUTY </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. ALL IN ONE <ul><ul><li>ZAKATH -2.5% of annual income-Giving Alms compulsorily- FOURTH DUTY </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. ALL IN ONE <ul><ul><li>Observing Ethikaf – praying in total confinement in the mosque-in the last 10 days of Ramzan is equal to Hajj for poor people who cannot afford to go on a Hajj Pilgrimage. FIFTH DUTY </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. ALL IN ONE <ul><ul><li>One full month’s disciplined practise is only a training for a pious person to be religious and God fearing and to realize all his religious commitments and fulfill it throughout the year. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. EID MUBARAK- HAPPY EID Thirty days of fasting culminates in the celebration of Eid- ul-Fithr. End of FASTING and time for FEASTING.
  30. 30. EID-UL-FITHR <ul><li>Celebration means ensuring that nobody in the neigbourhood starves on that day. We must distribute new clothes, sweets and rich food to all our neighbours, especialy the poor. </li></ul>
  31. 31. EID PRAYER <ul><li>Special prayers are conducted on the day of Eid in all the Mosques. After the prayers people exchange greetings among themselves. </li></ul>
  32. 32. THANK YOU

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