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Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Review Article

Psycho-Social Behaviour and Health Benefits of Islamic Fasting During the Month of Ramadan

Ahmad S1*, Goel K1, Maroof KA2, Goel P3, Arif M4, Amir M5 and Abid M5

1Department of Medical Sociology, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

2Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

3Department of Biochemistry, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

4Sardar Patel Subharti Law College, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

5Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Sartaj Ahmad
Assistant Professor, Medical Sociology
Subharti Medical College
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Received Date: September 17, 2012; Accepted Date: October 26, 2012; Published October 29, 2012

Citation:Ahmad S, Goel K, Maroof KA, Goel P, Arif M, et al. (2012) Psycho-Social Behaviour and Health Benefits of Islamic Fasting During the Month of Ramadan. J Community Med Health Educ 2:178. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000178

Copyright: © 2012 Ahmad S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

 

Abstract

A review of research articles on Ramadan fasting indicates that fasting can serve as an excellent research model for Psycho-social behaviour and health studies. The purpose of fasting for Muslims is to learn self-restraint from indulgence in everyday pleasures, for self-discipline, to develop God-consciousness, to develop self-control, to purify the body, and to empathize with the poor and hungry. Muslims describe a feeling of inner peace and tranquillity. This involves restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing one to serve as a good Muslim and a good person. One of the greatest advantages of fasting is that its true observance inculcates in a person a habit of speaking the truth. Fasting is a powerful therapeutic process that can help people recover from mild to severe health conditions.

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