Sunday, October 08, 2006

Benefits of Fasting - part 1

"O Ye who believe Fasting has been prescribed upon you as it was prescribed upon those before you, so that ye may learn self restraint".
------------------Chapter 2, Verse 183-----------------------------

General Recommendations

It is strongly recommended by Prophet Mohammed (SAW) to have to observe these practices during Ramadan.
  • To have a light meal before the break of dawn known as Suhoor.
  • To eat 3 dates, and have a drink of water, saying this prayer, "O Allah, for your sake we have fasted, and now we break the fast with the food you have given us.
  • To make your meals as light as possible, because as the Prophet put it, 'the worst thing man can fill is his stomach'.

------------Al Tirmidhi, no:2380--------

  • To exchange social visits and intensify humanitarian services.
  • To observe supergatory prayers known as Taraweeh.
  • To increase study and recitation of the Holy Quran.
  • To exert the outmost in paatience and humblesness.
  • To be extraordinarily cautious in using the senses, the mind and especially the tongue, to abstain from careless talk, gossip and suspicious motions.

THE REWARDS OF FASTING

Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said that Allah (subhanu wa Ta'ala) said"

"ALL THE DEEDS OF MAN ARE FOR HIMSELF, EXCEPT FOR FASTING, WHICH IS FOR ME, AND I SHALL REWARD IT MYSELF".

--------------AL BUKHAARI, AL FATH no:1904--------------------------------



2 comments:

RIJJU said...

all the rest of the 11 months of the year are for the worldly things but 1 month is for God. So we should try our best to do as much as possible during the month of ramadan.

CG said...

funny thing really, because the benefits of fasting are multiple. We gain so much from it .....so who is it really for?