The Islamic Tradition And Fasting Essay

717 Words Nov 1st, 2016 3 Pages
In the Islamic tradition, fasting is one of five pillars that provide a framework for life as a Muslim. Muslims all over the world observe their annual fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar year, in keeping with a divine commandment set forth in the Surah Al-Baqarah of the Holy Qur 'an. Allah also states in the Al-Baqarah, "O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous in order that you may attain taqwa" (Quran 2:183-185). These verses outline the three main factors of Ramadan: that fasting is required for followers of Islam, that it has been practiced throughout history by a multitude of religious communities (such as during Lent by Christians and on Yom Kippur by Jews), and that it is a way to attain taqwa. Taqwa simply means guarding one 's self from evil and being conscious of all the different ways in which Allah is righteous, becoming more pious in the process. In regards to ethics and the ways a Muslim would approach the world, taqwa indicates moral integrity and the surrender to the will of Allah, and in its spiritual dimension it signifies purification of heart and mind (Rahman 135).
Through fasting, one shows their full surrender to Allah’s command by willfully abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations from dawn to dusk one month every year. It should be understood that, like in all other Islamic tenets, there must be a clear intention…

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