Health is an emphasized aspect of Islam. During fasting, your digestive tract is given a rest, production of insulin is reduced, burning of fats increases to release energy, and overall detoxification is attained. As a result, you become less tired and more able to concentrate-the physical effect of fasting. The frugality of the fast should not be offset by being a foodie during the non-fasting hours. This is evident in the saying
“Break your fast with dates, or else with water, for it is pure”
(Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him).
The fast compels empathy with those less fortunate and thus, humility is increased as is the zeal to help others, an integral part of Islam. Did you know that giving charity is one of the five pillars of Islam? Every year, Muslims owning over a particular threshold of wealth must pay a 2.5% tax to the needy and at the end of Ramadan must give ‘Sadaqatul Fitr’, charity to the poor.