JIH Women’s Department organizes National Interfaith Seminar on ‘The Role of Fasting and Spirituality in Women Empowerment’

March 6, 2024

New Delhi: A national interfaith seminar on the topic, ‘The Role of Fasting and Spirituality in Women’s Empowerment’ was organized by Jamaate Islami Hind Women’s Department on 3rd March, 2024 at Scholar School, New Delhi.

Mrs Shaista Rafat, National secretary JIH in her presidential address said that fasting should serve as a training for self and a tool for empowerment. Women can be empowered through fasting and can contribute to the welfare of society. It is the duty of every religious leader to bring to public domain the virtues and objectives of fasting. In order to end the separation attempts this type of programs are to be organised by all religious organisations and leaders, she concluded.

Mrs. Rahamathunnissa A, national secretary JIH while inaugurating the seminar said that fasting is prescribed for every community as has been mentioned in the Qur’an and it helps in developing God consciousness (Taqwa) which would in turn develop a sense of security and it automatically strengthens and empowers the believer’s mind and body leading to self-repair and empowerment. She informed that the seminar also aims at understanding each other and foster communal harmony.

“The objective of the program was to understand the concept of fasting in different religions and cultures and to explore how fasting catalyses personal growth, resilience, and self-discipline among women. It was aimed to delve into the mental and physical health benefits of fasting”, said the convener of the program Mrs. Meenaz Banu.

Ms Salma Francis, founder president VOWS and social activist said that fasting should be applied for all the five senses in order to get complete benefit out of it. It will lead to purity of thoughts. Women as homemakers are already empowered right from birth. They only need to polish it.

Dr. Jagit Kaur shared her opinion with reference Sikh religion that we all should work for the welfare of humanity and the personality of every individual should be prepared for that.

Mrs. Arefa Prveen, National assistant secretary of JIH explored the concept of fasting in Islam and said that the Qur’an and Sunnah doesn’t want people to remain hungry if they are not ready to abandon bad habits and evil deeds, words and thoughts.

Mrs Sushma Thakral from Gayatri Parivar, Haridwar emphasised on the health benefits of fasting and advised on purification in thinking, regular exercise and proper diet.

Brahma Kumari Hussain opined that the direct connection of the soul with the creator is important in empowering individuals.

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