Message for Friday – Fasting is natural

بِسمِ ٱلله الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيـمِ

يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

G’d says in the Qur’an (2:183) – Oh you who believe! Fasting has been prescribed upon you just as it has been prescribed upon those from before you in order that you grow in consciousness/regardfulness (taqwa).

جعل الله تعالى صيامه فريضة

Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) stated, “G’d, most high, made fasting in it [Ramadan] a religious obligation.”

Fasting from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual activity is obligatory during the 9th lunar month, Ramadan, upon every Muslim, who is sane, healthy, not traveling and of the age of puberty. 

Prior to the community of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), Christians were commanded to fast as a religious obligation.  Fasting in fact is a natural inclination within the soul of every human to restrain from that which would normally be lawful in order to cultivate more clarity of consciousness and discipline.  According to the language of the Qur’an, the yearning to fast is clocked into the essence of the human soul.

Fasting from what is normally lawful at prescribed times cultivates a mindset of greater abstinence of those actions or things that are unlawful inside and outside of Ramadan. 

G’d gave the human being free will, but the natural human psyche dictates that freedom at times needs to be restricted.  Total freedom without restraint would make man less than a beast.

And surely G’d knows best.

2 thoughts on “Message for Friday – Fasting is natural

  1. I’ve been looking into what it means to be a Muslim and I have many questions. One is, “Why is Ramadan on the 9th Lunar month?” I understand some about what you say fasting is and why it is good for the soul, but why do we have have to do it according to the lunar cycles? Can you help explain?

  2. With the Name of G’d, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer

    Ramadan, which is derived from the root of intense heat in Arabic, has been decreed by G’d to be the ninth lunar month. It is the month of fasting that was prescribed for nations, who practiced monotheism prior to Prophet Muhammad (SAAS).

    G’d decreed for the months, including the month of fasting, not to be fixed. The Islamic lunar calendar rotations just as life does. For instance, next year, Ramadan will begin in August when the days are even longer and the weather is warmer. 10 years ago, Ramadan was in the winter time when the days were short. There are signs in this for people who contemplate.

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