Fasting during holy month not just about food and drink

2016-06-08 06:00

FASTING during Ramadan is not merely physically refraining from the obvious food and drink, but the total commitment of the ser­vant’s body and soul to the letter and spirit of fasting. The fast of the self means to be free from all carnal desires.

The fast of mind is avoiding thoughts about things other than Allah.

The fast of the hand is not touching or taking what does not belong to it.

The fast of the nose means not sniffing or smelling unlawful things.

The fast of the feet is not going places where sinful acts are propagated.

The fast of the eye is to prevent it from seeing forbidden things.

The fast of the tongue is guarding against lying, backbiting, slandering, reviling, abusing others, indecent conversation and swearing.

The fast of the ears is not to listen to idle talk, gossip, lyrics and notes that contain obscene and indecent things.

The fast of the heart means casting out from it the love of worldly things and emptying it of corrupt material such as false beliefs, evil suggestions, filthy intentions and degenerate thoughts.

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