The Importance Of Fasting In Islam

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Introduction:
Fasting is one of the five Pillars of Faith. Fasting in Arabic means sawm. The word sawm means, “to abstain”. Fasting is abstaining from everything forbidden during fasting from the break of dawn to sunset. Drinking, eating and are prohibited during this time. Before a person starts their fast they must have the intention do so, if not Allah does not accept the fast. The intention does not need to be said verbally, but must be with the sincerity of heart and mind.

Spiritual meaning of Fasting
• It teaches a person the true meaning of love: because when he fasts, he does it for the love of God.
• It equips man with a creative sense of hope and an optimistic outlook on life; because when he fasts he is
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The Hanafis watch: Fasting on these two 'Ids is makruh to the degree of being haram.

Fasts of Atonement:
The fasts of reparation are of different sorts. Among them are expiation fasts for automatic crime, fasts for reparation of a broken promise or pledge, and compensation fasts for zihar.

Qada of Ramadan fasts:
The schools agree that an individual subject to the qada' of Ramadan fasts is certain to perform it amid that year in which the fasts were missed by him, i.e. the period between the past and the forward advancing Ramadan. He is allowed to pick the days he expects to quick, aside from those days on which fasting is denied. On the other hand it is wajib upon him to promptly start their qada' if the days staying for the following Ramadan are equivalent to the quantity of fasts missed in the prior Ramadan.

Obligatory fasts:
All the schools concur that the wajib fasts are those of the month of Ramadan, their qada’, the expiatory fasts performed as kaffarah, and those performed for fulfilling a vow. The Imamis add further two, related to the Hajj and i’tikaf. We have already dealt in some detail with the fast of Ramadan, its conditions and the things that invalidate

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