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Abu Fauzi

The Lively Mystery in Fasting.

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As-Salaam alaikum,

Fasting is incumbent on every Muslim who has attained manhood, and it begins on the appearance of the moon of Ramadan. It continues until the appearance of the moon of Shawwal- as Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, says:-


"O Believers, fasting is prescribed unto you" (2:179). Besides this obligatory fasting in the month of Ramadan, there are others recommended days in which to fast voluntarily, such as 13th, 14th and 15th of every month or on Mondays and Thursdays or on Arafat Day for those who are not on Hajj duties.


The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said that he was informed by Jibril, alaihi Salaam, that Allah said:- "Fasting is Mine, and I have the best right to give recompense for it."... (al-sawm Li wa-ana ajza bihi), because the religious practice of fasting is a mystery unconnected with any external thing, a mystery in which none other than Allah participates: hence the recompense is infinite.


As we keep to fasting, whether it is in Ramadan or outside Ramadan, we must keep away from food, drink and also guard our eyes from lustful looks and the ear from listening to evil speech about anyone in his/her absence, and the tongue from vain or foul words, and the body from following after worldly things and disobedience to Allah.


Anyone who acts in this manner truly keeps his/her fast, for the Apostle of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said to a certain man, "when you fast, let your ear fast and your eye and your tongue and your hand and every limb", and he also said, "many a one has no good of his fasting except hunger and thirst."

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