Fasting Rules in Different Religions
One whole day without food, water or just anything? And that too for 30 days! Yes, this practice of fasting is done in Islam during its holy month of Ramadan. While fasting each of the adult Muslim who undergoes fasting is refrained from consuming food, drinking any kind of liquid, smoking or anything and that too from Dawn till Sunset. This is one of the hardest practice of fasting known in the world. Different religions have different types of fasting according to their festivals and beliefs. Fasting is considered to be one of the sacred things which one can do as it purifies the body and remove all the negative energy and also makes you feel fresh. Some of the different types of fasting are-
Fasting in Christianity
Jesus from very early instructed His disciples to fast. It’s also mentioned in the Bible ( Matthew 6:16 ) that when you are fasting never show anyone that you are fasting. It must be in your inner body. But when you do fast, put oil on your head and wash your face so that none other than the father would see what’s the secret. It is also said that putting oil on your head and washing your face will not be obvious to men that you are fasting. But in the New Testament, there are no clues of fasting. So, nowadays many Christians follow the guidelines of the church of not fasting, they may avoid eating meat for a few days but also there is no ban on drinks. Lent, which is seen in the Roman Catholic is a 40 day period of fasting in emulation of Jesus Christ.
Fasting in Islam
In Islam, fasting is considered one of the most sacred act and also, as an act of worship. In Islam, it is believed that abstaining oneself from eating and drinking draws Muslims closer to Allah. Muslim believes that Allah will love them thoroughly while observing one keeping away from food and liquid just for His sake. Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is obligatory for all adults Muslim. During Ramadan, one cannot eat or drink any liquid or even smoke from Dawn to Sunset. There are also other types of fasting during Monday’s and Thursday’s of each week. During Ramadan, Muslims do also abstain oneself from many things. Like any kind of sexual activity, lying and arguing as their Prophet Muhammad indicated to His Ummah.
Fasting in Hinduism
In Hinduism fasting is considered to be a spiritual activity. According to the old mythologies, fasting is done to balance the character with the soul and body. Vedic Scriptures also prescribe one form not eating or drinking anything on the day of Ekadashi to make the spiritual gains of the body. In Hinduism, there are also many days dedicated to their Gods and each particular day signifies different meaning and so does fasting on these days. But during the Ekadashi, it is considered that everyone must do fasting of whatever age be 8 or 60.
By- Siddharth Vikram