Channel: Zakir Naik
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Fasting is a Muslim only prerogative, is that correct? That's right. It is compulsory only for a Muslim to fast. It is not a requirement for a non Muslim, or unbelievable to fast. And the reason is that Allah says in the Quran, Allah says in Surah Surah chapter number 24 was the metallic nine, that the deeds of an unbeliever, a person who is a non Muslim, the deeds of an unbeliever is like a mirage in a desert and the thirsty person thinks that there is water, but when he reaches there, he does not find anything else. But he finds Allah and Allah will pay him for his deeds. And Allah is swift in taking of accounts. That means in the Hereafter, the unbeliever for his deeds, he will get
nothing and Allah swift in taking over accounts. So for unbeliever, all the deeds, they are useless in the Hereafter, because all the deeds have to be accompanied with the intention and as we discussed yesterday, that one of the criteria and important criterion for a person first to be accepted is the NEA. It has intention. And the intention is that the fast should only be for Allah subhanho wa Taala and owners. So if a non Muslim, if an unbeliever who does not believe in Allah subhanaw taala where is the question of him doing the Nia doing the intention of fasting for last minute Allah so that is the reason it is not required for unbelievable to fast. If we fast without
the intention, it will just be like anything else, it not be an act of worship, it not be a fast as it's considered in Islam. So therefore, the near the intention is very important for unbeliever any act of worship until he has faith until he believes until you believe that there is only one Allah subhanaw taala unless he says the kalama Laila Illallah, Muhammad Rasulullah and there is no God, but Allah and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him is the Messenger of Allah, all the acts of worship, that you will get for the hereafter. But
the moment an unbeliever, a person who's not a Muslim, he accepts Islam. For him, it becomes obligatory if they accept Islam in the middle of the month of Ramadan. From that moment onwards, fasting becomes compulsory for him, but the past, Allah will not take into account. Allah says in the Quran.
Allah says in Surah
chapter number eight was the method that say to the unbelievers, that if they start believing, the past will be forgiven. That means the moment a non Muslim accepts Islam, all his past sins will be forgiven. But the moment he accepts Islam, from that time, it becomes obligatory on him too fast.