Why Do We Fast – FAQs

Bilal Dannoun

Channel: Bilal Dannoun

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Assalamu alaikum Today we are answering the question, why do we fast? Well, the basic answer is that we fast because Allah Subhana Allah, our Creator, commanded us to fast and when we open up the second chapter of the Quran Surah Baqarah. In verse 183, we read that Allah subhanahu wa taala says, are you who have believed, and he's addressing here the believers? Are you who have believed prescribed for you is fasting as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you gain taqwa. So in this very verse, we learned that the reason why we are fasting is

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it's an answer to the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah subhanaw taala in this very verse makes it very clear as to the objective of fasting and the objective of fasting is in order to gain taqwa. Now, this word taqwa is a comprehensive work. So taqwa means a lot of things. It's reverence of Allah. It's the fear of Allah. It's being conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even when the pious predecessors were defining this word, they used a comprehensive definitions of this word taqwa. So for example, I leave the loved one who are the, the companion May Allah subhanahu. Allah be pleased with him. When he defined taqwa he said taqwa is that you have reverence and fear

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of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But it's also that you act upon the revelation and that revelation is God and it is also being content with whatever Allah zoa jen has decreed for you and not challenging that. It's also about preparing yourself for the hereafter. So the basic answer to this question as to why we fast the month of Ramadan, we fasted as in submission to the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He also indicated in the Hadith, that Islam has been built upon five pillars booney al Islam, wila humps, five pillars. The first one is the Shahada, the declaration of faith, the declaration, that there is no God, no deity worthy of

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worship, except Allah subhanho wa Taala, the second one being performing the five daily prayers accommo solid, and then we have the Zakat, giving money to the poor and needy people, then we have fasting the month of Ramadan, which is the fourth pillar of Islam. And then we have performing pilgrimage, Hajj for those who have the ability, financially and physically able to do so. So, in answer to this important question, we see that the answer is found in the Quran. It is also found in the sun that is found in the tradition of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So Ramadan, of course, has many, many spiritual benefits, it has physical benefits. And so the way we can

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probably look at fasting Ramadan, it's like an institute whereby we enter to detox to

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up the ante to prepare ourselves in sha Allah who to highlight for the Hereafter, and to remember that the purpose of life is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and one of the many ways that Muslims worship Allah is through the month of Ramadan and through fasting as has been prescribed through the end and through the Sunnah of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us taqwa to grant us this reverence, and this fee and this love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and that he is a priority in our lives. And when we do what Allah azza wa jal loves, he blesses us with the things that we love in this life, and in the hereafter. And Allah

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Why Do We Fast - FAQs
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