Why Fasting?

A week of fasting. My kids wake up at wee hours, just binge in the food  with the eyes close. The youngest has to be reminded to say aloud the prayer [or niat] while closing her eyes for the second round of early morning’s nap.

While doctors remind their patients to the physical advantages of fasting, Islamic scholars too remind us on the spiritual benefit of fasting from the Islamic perspective.

But since fasting is an ibadah, it must be construed that the physical benefits shouldn’t be the primary purpose of fasting to the believers.

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful .

[al-Baqarah 2:185] Translation: Yusuf Ali.

1. Ramadan is the month when Quran was sent as a guide to mandkind.

2. Ramadan is the month when the order is crystal clear for Muslim to fast.

3. Ramadan is the month to glorify God.

Those can be done by prayers, tadarus, restraint our nafs to the minimum and to my mind, finally, to be grateful of what have been bestowed upon us to these days. Wallahualam.

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