Channel: Abdullah Oduro
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh me the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all. I'm Abdullah Oduro and welcome back. What is fasting
fasting is defined as voluntary deprivation for spiritual conditioning, you voluntarily deprive yourself of eating, drinking and intimacy with your the opposite gender from sunup to sundown, for means of coming closer to Allah the Exalted. This has been defined in the Quran in chapter number two, verse number 178, where Allah subhanho wa Taala the Exalted says, Oh you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you, as it was prescribed upon the people before you, perhaps you may become of those who are the righteous. So here the prescription of fasting is something before the advent of the events of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It was here from the beginning of
time, it was a practice to deprive oneself to focus on God and His bounties. As we see, this was a practice that we see Christians even practice with Lent, it is a means of depriving themselves to remember a sacrifice of someone else, and to remember the greatness of God upon them. So when looking at this month of Ramadan, the prescription of it is particularly in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is the month of Ramadan. Now, linguistically, scholars even mentioned the word Ramadan comes from rumba, which means to burn or heat or fire. And they that's used as a symbolization of burning off the sins, burning off the sins, the sins that we have these actions of
fasting and of good deeds, burn them and relinquish them. It's also been mentioned that this month is the month that is the hot month therefore being called Ramadan. At any rate, this is the ninth month that the Muslim should fast from sunup to sundown. And with this, we understand, fasting in this beautiful month of Ramadan is a blessing a blessing month as a prophet peace and blessings be upon him has talked about and as Allah has mentioned at the very end of the verse that was mentioned, perhaps we will become of the righteous, may Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us and embarking upon this means that he is obliged upon us for the only reason of making us principle
individuals to be closer to Him and be more mindful of him in his greatness as Salaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Thank you