What is The Purpose of Fasting in Holy Month of Ramadan
Muslims Fast During this Month of Ramadan, one whole month, everyday from sunrise to sunset without food , water and many more restrictions. Why is so?
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behavior. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations; in some interpretations they also refrain from swearing. Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. According to Islam, the thawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.
Although reena´s answer is eloquent, I have found throughout the years that Christians are most interested in Ramadan because of the empathy we feel for the poor.Even when they donate time or money, most of them are not able to understand what it is really like to do without. (I am writing this at 5:17, so if I leave a lot out my brothers understand why.)
All purposes remain as personal judgments and deductions of muslims, the most important purpose is that it is a matter ordained by our creator who said in the holy Qura;an in Surat Al-Baqara. :-
2:184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.
Benefits come from obeying His orders even if the benefits are not disclosed to us, the fasting itself is a test for the genuineness of our faith which deserve His reward.This is the first purpose in my view.
by Abhaque Supanjang 9 years ago
It is said by many hadiths of Rasulullahu 'Alaihi Wasallam that Ramadan is the greatest month (moon) among the others. And there are many miracles given during this month (moon) to all human. What is your story about Ramadan ?
by recommend1 8 years ago
The fasting and dedication to Islam at Ramadan is admirable and also makes that faith very real I would guess.If this was a required activity for todays christians I would suspect that it would reduce their numbers to less than 10%
by errum fattah 11 years ago
In my neighbour hood their son was arrested in the blame of corruption but he was innocent they tried alot for him but they didn't got anyway,m so the last hope for them was ALLAH. we muslims, when need any help or wants that our this work should be done very quickly then 12 womans read surah...
by dutchman1951 9 years ago
Offical communique from the White House. Ok...so for equal treatment; where is Isreal's greeting, dinner and wishes? The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryAugust 11, 2010 Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan 1431On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend...
by Awais Shah 29001 3 years ago
What do you think Muslims employees should have some sort of compensation in month of Ramadan?
by Dave McClure 8 years ago
Ramadan Kareem to my many friends and colleagues in Qatar and Dubai. It takes a lot of dedication to fast for a month, dawn till dusk, when the daytime temperatures are in the high forties (120 plus, in Faerenheit). I admire your resolve. Enjoy your holy month.
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