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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Why do Muslim fasting in Ramadan??

                                   Why do Muslim fasting in Ramadan??

In Islam, Muslims are always encouraged to reflect the rituals of their religion in their manners and dealings with people. One of the rituals of Islam is fasting, which is defined as abstaining from food, drink, and any sexual activities from dawn till sunset. This is not meant to torture people; rather, it aims at refining their souls as this should be accompanied by good manners and avoidance of any evil deeds that drive the person away from Allah (God) like backbiting, gossiping, foul language, swearing, violence, or bad manners.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) made it very clear that if a person abstains from food and drink, yet does not abstain from evil deeds, his fasting will not be fruitful at all.

"He who does not abstain from falsehood in words or deeds, Allah has no need for him to abstain from his food and drink." (Al-Bukhari)

Therefore, the main purpose of fasting is to refine the souls of believers, make them feel the sufferings of the poor, and the needy, and on top of that, give them control over their desires. There are many people in the world today who pass away because of starvation; yet many others, in other parts of the world, get rid of their extra food by throwing it in the oceans. The experience of fasting teaches Muslims how to feel the need of those who are suffering from starvation. It teaches them how to appreciate the gifts of Allah and His overwhelming blessings. It also teaches them how to control their desire for food and drink and realize the main purpose of their existence.

Every sane, adult, able Muslim is required to observe the obligatory fasting during the blessed month of Ramadan. Fasting Muslims, who have emptied their stomachs from the desire of food and refined their manners, are definitely more qualified to fulfill this task of making the world a better place than anybody else. Fasting gives such a power to change the world to a better place.

In its essence, fasting is a process of changing the heart and the soul, disconnecting them from worldly and physical desires and connecting them with the Creator and the Sustainer of this universe, Almighty Allah. Such a connection is a blessed and everlasting one.

May God connect us with His light so that we can change to the better and change the world around us.

(Taken from Reading


imran said...

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There was a farmer who grew superior quality, award-winning corn in his farm. Each year, he entered his corn in the state fair where it won honors & prizes.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew his corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

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'' The farmer replied, "Didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen grains from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field.

If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard & poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I have to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors to grow good corns."

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbors' corn also improves. So it is in the other dimensions and areas of life!
Those who choose to be in harmony must help their neighbors and colleagues to be at peace.

Those who choose to live well must help others live well. The value of a life is measured by the lives it touches...

Success does not happen in isolation; it is most often a participatory and collective process. So share the good practices, ideas and new knowledge with your family, friends, team members and neighbors & all.

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