Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Muslims fast for righteousness
By: Hameed Naseem
The Holy Prophet Muhammad — peace and blessings of Allah be on him — said 1,400 years ago, “Keep fast to stay healthy.” Fasting has been shown in multiple studies to improve physical and mental health.
As for spiritual fitness, it has been the practice of the prophets and sages to fast for 40 days to achieve superior spiritual health and to attain nearness to God Almighty. Prophet Moses and Jesus — peace be on them both — have fasted and meditated and as a result received blessings from God. According to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad — peace be on him — reducing the intake of physical nourishment and at the same time feasting on spiritual sustenance through prayers, meditation, recitation of the Holy Qur’an, and remembrance of Allah opens the gates of the Higher Realm and prepares the human soul to receive true dreams and visions from Allah.