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Fasting purifies heart

Muslims taking part in a mass prayer on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at Begambur mosque in Dindigul.— File Photo

Muslims taking part in a mass prayer on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at Begambur mosque in Dindigul.— File Photo  

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“O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil” (The Holy Quran, 2:183).

Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. It is compulsory for every sane and adult Muslim male. The real purpose of fasting is to attain righteousness and abstain from base desires.

Fasting helps Muslims develop and strengthen powers of self-control to resist wrongful desires and bad habits and ultimately guard against evil and to learn to refrain from usurping others’ rights and belongings.

Fasting in Islam does not just consist of refraining from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desire and wrong-doing. The fasting is not merely of the body, but essentially that of the spirit as well. Charity and generosity are also urged during Ramadan.

Fasting implies becoming conscious of the Creator, increasing their awareness of His Majesty, exalting and glorifying His names and attributes, appreciating His greatness. One learns how to restrain one’s urges and desires. Fasting frees the person from the bondage of lusts and desires. It also purifies one’s heart and tongue.

The month of Ramadan is not only the month of fasting. It is also the month of the Quran, the Muslim scripture. Ramadan is the month when the Quran was sent down, as a guide to the mankind, also clear signs for guidance and the differentiation between right and wrong” (al-Qur’an, 2: 185).

According to a prophetic tradition, it is believed that all Abrahamic scriptures, including the Scrolls of Abraham, the Torah, the Gospel, the Psalms of David, and the Quran, were revealed in the month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr draws Ramadan to a close. Eid is the time for giving gifts, sharing food and gathering with family.

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