Q: Does fasting have any social benefits?
A: Yes, it has social benefits. Among them are the people feeling that they are one nation (Ummah). They eat at one time and fast during one time. The wealthy feels the favor of Allâh and he empathizes with the poor. The dangers of Satan are lessened for the son of Adam. Also, it (fasting) contains fear of Allâh and fear of Allâh strengthens the ties between the individuals of the society.
Ash-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaimin
Book: Fatawa Islamiyah Islamic Verdicts [Volume 3] – فتاوى إسلامية
Collected by: Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Al-Musnad
Published and translated by: Darussalam