Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why Muslims Fasting

Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. It has been integral part of all major religions. The Prophet Isa a.s (Jesus) fasted for 40days before he was called to prophetehood (Matthew 4:2). Similarly Prophet Musa a.s (Moses) fasted for 40days and nights before he was given the Law (Exodus 24:18).

Controlling Desires... Fasting in Ramadhan is a part of the broader program that Islam prescribed for man to fulfill his moral and spiritual destiny in this world and in the Hereafter. It is the special worship design to developed in man the ability to exercise self-restrained and patience for the pleasure of Allah, Man's creator, Lord and Nourisher.

Its objectives is to give man the power to keep in check his unruly desires and tendencies that make him prone to greed, revenge, anger, provocation and fear; that make him commit various sins, act of aggression, cruelty and oppression. It seeks to free the human soul and lends it the moral and spiritual strength to promote beauty, harmony, kindness, peace, compassion and justice.

The Quran Says:
"We sent Our Messenger with clear signs and sent down with them the Book and the balance (of right and wrong), that men may stand forth in justice."

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