Fasting in Ramadhan
FASTING IN RAMADAN
In Islam, fasting from 10 minutes prior to fajr (dawn), until maghrib (sunset) is observed during the month of Ramadan. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam, and thus one of the most important acts of worship. By fasting — whether during Ramadan or other times — a Muslim draws closer to his Lord by abandoning the things he enjoys, such as food, drink and sexual intercourse. This makes the sincerity of his faith and his devotion to Allah (God) all the more evident. The believer knows that Allah will love him when he is ready to abandon worldly comforts for Allah’s sake.
Allah tells Muslim in the Quran that fasting was prescribed for those before them (i.e., the Jews and Christians) and that by fasting Muslim gains ‘taqwa‘, which can be called the care taken by a person to do everything Allah has commanded and to keep away from everything He has forbidden. Fasting helps prevent many sins and is a shield with which the Muslim protects himself from jahannum (Hellfire).
Muslims believe that fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink. It also means to abstain from any falsehood in speech and action, from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing and fighting. Therefore, fasting helps to develop good behavior.
Fasting also inculcates a sense of brotherhood and solidarity, as a Muslim feels and experiences what his needy and hungry brothers feel. Moreover, Ramadan is a month of giving charity and sharing meals to break the fast together.
A Muslim is encouraged to read the entire Quran during Ramadan and to perform extra salat (Prayers) at night, which are known as taraweeh. In almost every masjid in the world, taraweeh prayers are held every night of Ramadan following isha. Thus Ramadan becomes a blessed month of physical and spiritual renewal through fasting and worship.
- What is the foundation of fasting in Ramadan for Moslem ?
- What is the benefit of doing fasting in Ramadhan for us (as Moslem) ?