12 Rea­sons To Fast!

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De­velop Char­ac­ter

Fast­ing is an in­sti­tu­tion for the im­prove­ment of moral and spir­i­tual char­ac­ter of hu­man be­ing. The pur­pose of the fast is to help de­velop self-re­straint, self-pu­rifi­ca­tion, God-con­scious­ness, com­pas­sion, the spirit of car­ing and shar­ing, the love of hu­man­ity and the love of God. Fast­ing is a univer­sal cus­tom and is ad­vo­cated by all the re­li­gions of the world, with more restric­tions in some than in oth­ers. The Is­lamic Fast, as opposed to mere star­va­tion or self-de­nial, is an act of wor­ship and obe­di­ence to God, thanks­giv­ing, for­give­ness, spir­i­tual train­ing, and self-ex­am­i­na­tion.

Self Re­flec­tion

Ra­madan gives us a break and pro­vides us with a rare op­por­tu­nity to think about our own selves, our fu­ture, and our fam­i­lies. It is a time to give our selves a mental break and to tem­po­rar­ily for­get about the hun­dreds of wor­ries and stresses we are con­stantly bom­barded with. In hec­tic times, such as ours, and in places like the West, this valu­able time to think about our lives, on in­di­vid­ual ba­sis, is a lux­ury and is des­per­ately needed! It is a unique month of self-anal­y­sis, and of tak­ing stock of one’s moral and spir­i­tual ‘as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties’.

De­velop Com­pas­sion

Fast­ing in­cul­cates in us pa­tience, un­selfish­ness, and grat­i­tude. When we fast we feel the pains of de­pri­va­tion and hunger, and learn how to en­dure it pa­tiently. The mean­ing of this pow­er­ful ex­pe­ri­ence in a so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian con­text is that we are much quicker than any­body else in sym­pa­thiz­ing with the op­pressed and needy around the world, and re­spond­ing to their needs. “It is the month to visit the poor, the sick, and the needy to share their sor­rows. It is the month where the food, sus­te­nance and the earn­ings of a be­liev­ing Mus­lim in­creases and they are blessed,” says the Fi­nal Prophet of God, Muham­mad (peace be upon him), a man who was known for his no­ble hu­man­i­tar­ian causes, for so­cial jus­tice, and for be­ing the first to re­spond to other’s needs, de­spite the fact that he him­self lived a very sim­ple and hum­ble life. It is only dur­ing such a try­ing time as Ra­madan that we can re­flect on the con­di­tion of those in this world who may not be as for­tu­nate as us.

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