Are You REALLY Fasting?

771305_dates.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

So as we near the end of the first week of the blessed month of Ramadhaan, with dry mouths and rumbling stomachs becoming more of a reality for us, I think it’s time to ask the question; are you really fasting?

Indeed, some people also ask; why do we fast, what is the objective?

Well, the answer to that has been given to us by Almighty Allah, and that is that through fasting, a Muslim achieves something called Taqwa (piety) and through this Taqwa a Muslim can get nearer to his or her Lord.

So will my empty stomach make me a saint?

Well the answer to that is both yes and no.

Yes because through our empty stomachs we can appreciate the plight of the poor and needy, so when the time of Iftar (breaking the fast at sunset) comes, we are grateful to Allah for all the bounties he has put before us on the table.

And no, because to have an empty stomach is not the only meaning of fasting. The definition of a fast for a Muslim is that he or she is not only abstaining from food, but also abstaining from evil talk like backbiting, evil glances at the opposite sex and listening to evil things, e.g. music.

Therefore, the fast of a Muslim affects his or her stomach, the eyes, the ears, and the tongue, and so a Muslim gets closer and closer to Allah, and attains the Taqwa that we were talking about earlier on.

And please don’t forget to increase in your recitation of the Qur’an as much as possible, after all this is the month in which the Holy Book of Allah was revealed. And again, it is another surefire way of getting closer to Allah and getting our Duas (supplications) accepted.

So, what do you think? Are you really fasting or are you just walking around with an empty stomach?

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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