Tom Facchine – Virtues of Ramadan 2022 – Fasting

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the importance of fasting the pillars of Islam, which is a fundamental and foundational practice. They emphasize that the personal experience is crucial to understanding gratitude and that fasting is not something that is meant to define one's success or success of a relationship. The speaker also mentions the importance of fasting to define one's success and personal success.
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One of the virtues of Ramadan is that fasting Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam. For something to be a pillar of Islam, it Allah is telling us that this practice is so fundamental and foundational and essential to our submission, that our submission really isn't worth very much without. Because worship at the end of the day is about gratitude. And gratitude is not something that we get to define. It's something that Allah gets to define. Imagine if you cooked an amazing meal for your spouse. And then your spouse was like, Well, I'm going to show you my gratitude by going and taking a nap. And you can go clean up everything by yourself. That might be a definition

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of gratitude to them. But that's not how you want to see gratitude, you would like them to help you clean up, you would like to maybe be complimented or have other people know about your amazing cooking skills, right? The point is that you get to decide what gratitude looks like. And we live in a moment in time where we're a little bit

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skewed towards the personal experience. And obviously, the personal experience is very, very important. But the personal experience doesn't upstage or it doesn't take over, or doesn't replace a lawyer's ability to define what gratitude looks like to him. A law says that if I gave you all of these things, I gave you your life. I gave you your wealth, I gave you all your relationships, all your abilities, all your happiness and memories. This is what I want. This is how it looks to be grateful to me. Fasting the pillars, right, Hajj, pilgrimage, you know, all these sorts of things that are the pillars of submission. That's what a loss of Hannah Huhtala has told us. It looks like

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to be grateful. And specifically the pillar is are the absolute bare minimum of what it takes to truly submit

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