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Fasting Banishes Depression / Offering an Iftar Meal Cleanses Sins

By Quranic Healing Team

Fasting banishes depression and psychological problems for people who find it peaceful.

Psychiatrists believe that people who fast have stronger feelings of affection and compassion, which they argue reflects positively on the human psychology. People tend to relax when they perform good deeds, says Professor Nevzat Tarhan, emphasizing that Ramadan helps people feel like being helpful, to have a self-knowing, to have positive moral qualities. People who are inclined to commit crimes, Tarhan says, actually have some psychological problems which stem to the lack of empathy (the ability to understand another person's feelings, experience, etc). Ramadan plays a significant role in reducing the volume of domestic violence, asserted Tarhan, emphasizing that the holy month Ramadan gives people the perfect opportunity to have empathy.

Offering an Iftar Meal Cleanses Sins

During Ramadan, right before the fast is broken, there's a strong sense of spirituality that can't be found anywhere else.

Food is meant for physical sustenance, but at the Ramadan meal it also takes on a spiritual dimension.

This is a special situation that only exists in Ramadan, simply because Allah wishes it so.

There's another aspect that is specific to evening meals in Ramadan.

Eating a Ramadan meal is not only materially pleasurable, but also spiritually pleasurable.

We have a word from the Prophet Mohammed explaining how breaking the fast brings abundance:

"If someone gets someone else to break their fast in the holy month of Ramadan, they are cleansed of their sins. Allah would save them from the punishment in the hell. The more one gets divine praise for fasting, the more another one also gets divine praise for getting someone to break their fast. Friends of the Prophet Mohammed said: O the Prophet. We are not all rich enough to get somebody to break their fast at a good evening meal. The Prophet Mohammed said: It does not matter whether you have a cup of water, or a cup of milk or something very little, you'll have the same amount of divine respect for what you have done. Whoever gives a cup of water to somebody else in Ramadan, they will not suffer from thirst on doomsday." (Tirmizi, Savm 82)

People who expect spiritual rewards in return for their help for the sake of Allah on a Ramadan day have been doing their best to host somebody at their house, either for the morning or the evening meal during Ramadan.

Believers with awareness of abundance to come from their generosity at evening and morning meals during Ramadan are metaphorically digging very deep to find this incomparable treasure.

To get somebody to break their fast at an evening meal in Ramadan is a major part of the Turkish tradition that needs to be kept alive.

Anybody can have a share of this metaphorical treasure when they host for somebody, or buy somebody, an evening meal to break their fast.

Don't Break Your Fast Alone

In line with a tradition from the Prophet Mohammed, the Muslim believers refrained from breaking their fast alone because they followed the Prophet Mohammed in their pursuit of divine reward when they had someone else at home break their fast.

Pashas and lords used to have groups of people coming to their houses during Ottoman times to break their fast at a nice evening meal in Ramadan because they were expecting to reap the fruits of their religious practices in the next world.

We have a different version of the same tradition today with public places where groups of poor people break their fast with financial help from wealthy people.
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Quranic Healing Team
Spiritual Healing of Body & Mind through Qur'an.
Explore practical Spiritual Healing inspired by ideas in the Holy Qur'an. Spiritual Healing and Wellness is based on religious resources driven from Allah (God).

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