""O Ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become Pious. 2: 183 ""

Allah Said in the Holly Qur’an: ""The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur'an was revealed as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever is present at home in this month let him fast therein. But who is temporarily sick or on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days, ALLAH desires ease for you and HE desires not hardship for you, and HE desires that you may complete the number, and that you may exalt ALLAH for HIS having guided you and that you may be grateful. 2:185 ""

In Islam, obedience to Allah is essential. All Muslims fast in obedience to Allah's command, Period.

Allah Said: ""O Ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become Pious.""

Fasting is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam:

Pillars of Islam:
1) Testimony: There is no God but Allah, Mohammad is Messenger of Allah.
2) Prayer.
3) Zakat.
4) Fasting.
5) Haj, Pilgrimage.

It needs to be emphasized that the true benefits of fasting are spiritual and connected with religion. However, the physical benefits are also substantial and cannot be ignored.

Benefits of Fasting:

1) It is an excellent religious discipline which trains the mind and body to cope with crisis, anger, hunger, thirst etc.
2) It encourages prayers, almsgiving, the doing of other good deeds and refraining from evil.
3) It liberates the spirit to detach itself from worldly pursuits to seek a healthy living relationship with Allah Almighty thereby increasing ones faith.
4) As great emphasis is placed on the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, it can be a wonderful source of guidance, and revelation or communion with Allah.
5) It encourages the growth of grace, forbearance, fortitude, humanity, simplicity, and sacrifice.
6) It restores good health.
7) It cures addiction to alcoholism, drugs and smoking which are all injurious to ones health.
8) It curbs carnal pleasures of flesh so that sexual desires are not misspent.

Fasting in Judaism:

Moses is said to have fasted for a period of 40 days (Exodus 34:28 & Deteronomy 9:9); however Elijah went in strength of one meal for forty days (1 Kings 19:8). Deniel realizing the significance of a vision continued a partial fast for three weeks. Yet the twenty four hours on the day of atonement. This again is partial fast and nothing cooked can be consumed.

Fasting in Christianity:

Jesus is said to have been in wilderness without food for forty days. (Matthew 4:2, Mark 1-13, Luke 4:2) He also referred to three aspects of Christian behavior in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:1-18) almsgiving, prayers, and fasting. We are told in Matthew 9:14, Mark 2:18-20, Luke 5:33 and 18:12 that Jesus fasted either often or up to 2 days in a week.

In response to Tom Terry, editor of Islam On Line, comments:

1) There is no indication that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was fasting when Angel Gabriel appeared to him. Ramadan is a name of an Arabic month. Even though, Revelation started that month, that doesn’t mean our prophet was fasting at that time. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) wasn’t prophet at that time. The Islam wasn’t born yet, and yet, you claim that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was fasting when Gabriel appeared to him!!!! Is this the way Christians spread their religion, by lying and falsifying facts and true accounts??????

2) The Muslim Society is the most peaceful, and forgiven society, ever. The Muslim Society never look down upon people who fail to fast during the month of Ramadan, unless those people were bragging about and openly enjoying their failure to fast. On the contrary, Muslims always encourage one another to fast during the month of Ramadan, since it has great reward from Almighty Allah. Usually, people with illness and travelers are excused from fasting until they become fully eligible to resume fasting, and they ought to fast the days they’ve missed later on, and after Ramadan.

This is a great discipline for our bodies and our souls as well. Nations before us had the same discipline, but unfortunately, they either abandoned fasting, or they corrupted both the true meaning of fasting and fasting methodology. In Islam, a Muslim denies himself wholesome food, drink, sexual activities from early morning to Sunset. After Sunset, Muslims can resume eating, drinking, and sexual activities until the next early morning, and so on during the month of Ramadan.

In Christianity, Christians fast for 40 days, but they only abstain from whatever food they chose from, and yet many don’t observe fasting, and others don’t even know what the word fasting means. Christians had falsified Allah’s way of fasting by:

1) Saying "fasting is not a requirement", and
2) Altering fasting methodology, buy abstaining from eating ONLY whatever they chose, and plus no Meat products on Fridays.

Response Received:

As a Muslim who understands Islam I would like to explain the meaning of Fasting to you , may Allah (SW) put some Guidance in your heart to save you from hill fire Allah(SW) says in Qur'an 2/183 " O you who believe ! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you , that you may become Muttaquin(PIOUS)" the month of Ramadan is a training month for the Muslim to become Pious , during that month you learn how to love and care about others , you don't do Gossip , you don't lie , you don't commit adultery , you don't steal, and you stop doing all bad deeds altogether , and do a lot of good deeds . if you think that it is cruel from Allah (SW) to teach us how to discipline our selves then I would like you to explain to me Mr. Hot Shot why the Father some times have to be hard on his Kids to discipline them !???? isn't that out of his Fatherly love to his Kids wanting them to be the best ! or may be you have not been taught that in Christianity!

A Muslim never lacks proofs about the purity and truthfulness of his religion . Indeed , in this age, Islam is a religion without men ( custodians and propagators) whereas Christianity is men without a religion; yet , by their endeavor , adventurous spirit , patience and monetary contributions they are able to falsify truth and make falsehood appear true. in this materialistic age most of humanity have become slaves to wealth, fashions and mansions . There is none worthy of worship but ALLAH (SW) and in him (ALONE) do I put my trust , and towards Him am I destined. Muslim!


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