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From the wisdom of fasting is that: It is an act of worship done for Allah, in which the abd (servant) draws closer to His Lord by abandoning the things that he loves and desires. So because of this, the truthfulness of his Faith and the completeness of his servitude to Allah become apparent, as well as his love for Allah and his longing for what Allah has prepared for him (of good).
For many living in Western countries, Ramadan is passed daily with 9 to 5 jobs or school - nights where we may or may not go for Taraweeh. A peak at the TV (may Allah protect us) and the night is over. Back to work where all around us people are eating and drinking from crystal water fountains. Blink. Ramadan is over.
Know, that in the fast (Sawm) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. And that is its close connection to Allah, such that He says: "The fast (Sawm) is for Me and I will reward it." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Muslim]. This connection is enough to show the high status of fasting.
Allâh has blessed His slaves with certain seasons of goodness, in which hasanât (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied, sayiât (bad deeds) are forgiven, peoples status is raised, the hearts of the believers turn to their Master, those who purify themselves attain success and those who corrupt themselves fail. One of the greatest acts of worship is fasting.
"To stand in prayer during the nights of Ramadhân is referred to as Salât at-Tarâwîh (the Night Prayer). Linguistically, scholars have mentioned its meaning to be linked to the relaxing and enjoyable nature of this prayer...."
(Adapted from the works of the two Shaykhs ibn Bâz and ibn Uthaymîn rahimahumallâh)
A scholarly extract detailing the mannerisms in which we should fast and those things we should avoid whilst fasting, "Indeed I fasted from worldly pleasures my entire life, And the Day that I meet you will be its breaking, For surely I find the delight of fasting for You within my soul, And not in the satisfaction of eating or drinking"
A scholarly extract highlighting the reasons why we fast in Ramadân. Fasting is a means for our sins to be forgiven and a path away from the the torment of the hell fire, as fasting reminds us of the hunger and thirst that these wicked inhabitants will experience and drives us to obey Allâh and avoid this evil destination.
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