Bandar Seri Begawan - A seminar lauding the benefits of daily prayers and fasting was held at the International Convention Centre on Wednesday in conjunction with the Knowledge Convention 2012.
Based on the theme 'Kehebatan Solat dan Puasa Menurut Perspektif Sains Kesihatan', a working paper was presented by the Assistant Ra'es of Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal.
In his presentation he imparted the significance of health in Islam, saying that Muslims are strongly urged to safeguard and treasure their health, an asset every bit as important as life.
On the benefits of prayers, Dr Hj Norarfan said that this second pillar of Islam can enhance the value of health, such as reducing the amount of fat deposits in the body and also making the kidney more efficient and functional.
Daily prayers can enhance the function of the brain, where an individual's focus and memory can be taken to a higher level, Dr Norarfan added.
The health benefits of daily prayers have been proven, and according to Professor Ir Fatimah Ibrahim, the motions within a prayer can prevent and treat certain diseases associated with the heart, kidneys and sexual-related matters.
Regarding the act of fasting, Dr Hj Norarfan said much research has been carried out, by both the Muslim and non-Muslim medical research community, which has concluded that fasting is beneficial to health.
Publications such as 'Fasting and Eating for Health' by Joel Fuhrman and 'Juice Fasting' by Steve Meyerowitz are examples highlighting the benefits of fasting.
Working papers by Dr Hj Norarfan support these findings, where his work shows that fasting can remove harmful toxins accumulated over time in the body. On a similar note, Dr Hisyam Ibrahim al-Khatib elucidated that fasting can rectify and enhance the digestive system of the human body.
Brain functions are also elevated while fasting, as energy and blood circulation are prioritised to the brain, according to research. Consequently the effects include the ability to conduct mental and physical activities in a more efficient manner.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin