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Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims. Every year, Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, but what is it really about?

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month.

It is believe by Muslims that Quran was revealed in Ramadan.

During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. There is also a verse in the Quran that prescribes fasting for all Muslims who are mature and healthy enough to do so for the full day.

So Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God, and a way to become more compassionate to those in need.

Fasting is also seen as a way to learn patience and break bad habits.

Do you even for a second thing about the benefit of fasting to your health? Research shows that limiting the number of hours a day you can eat might improve health, according to a new study in mice.

Researchers at the Salk Institute in California discovered that mice lacking healthy metabolisms can be protected against obesity and some diseases when they can only eat during a 10-hour window. Published in Cell Metabolism on Thursday, the study found that health problems caused by disruptions to the body’s biological clock, or circadian rhythm, can be corrected by following these food guidelines.

“For many of us, the day begins with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and ends with a bedtime snack 14 or 15 hours later,” Satchidananda Panda, a professor in Salk’s Regulatory Biology Laboratory and the senior author on the paper, said in a statement. “But restricting food intake to 10 hours a day, and fasting the rest, can lead to better health, regardless of our biological clock.”

It involves abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset, in the hopes that it will lead to greater “taqwa”, or consciousness of God.

Muslims were commanded to fast during Ramadan more than 1,400 years ago, the ancient Greeks recommended fasting to heal the body, and today some scientists are advocating a modified fast for its mental and physical benefits.

In 2012, Mosley Michael released his TV documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer and published his best-selling book The Fast Diet, both based on the 5:2 concept of intermittent fasting.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mosley said, “In The Fast Diet I advocate a form of fasting called ‘time-restricted eating’, .”
“This involves only eating within certain hours, similar to the form of fasting practised by Muslims during Ramadan.

“The proven benefits include improved sleep and evidence of reduced risk of some cancers, in particular, breast cancer.”

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