Fasting in Holy month of Ramadan

- Pakistani

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the ‘pillars’ of the Islamic faith. No proof is required to establish its being obligatory and one denying it goes out of the fold of Islam, because it is obvious.

It was declared an obligatory duty (fard ) in the second year of the Hijrah upon each and every Muslim. This obligation starts when a child reaches at the age of 12. In Pakistan it is seen that most of the children start fasting in Ramazan, before reaching at the age of 12.

During Ramadan Muslims eat a meal called suhur (Suhoor) just before dawn and when daylight is over (at dusk), Muslims will break or open the fast with dates or water, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), before having a proper meal later.

In the case of severe illness there is permission of breaking the fast. If an adult is unable to fast, due to any reason, he/she can make up the fast at a later date or make a donation to the poor instead.

The evening meals during Ramadan are occasions for family and community get-togethers.

Allah almighty said about fasting
The Fast is for me and I will give the reward for it.

Whoever observes(fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven” Bukhari and Muslim

Fasting is a means of attaining taqwa (taqwa means doing that which Allah has enjoined and avoiding that which He has forbidden).

Fasting is one of the greatest means of helping a person to fulfil the commands of Islam. Fasting humiliates and weakens the Shaytaan; it weakens the effects of his whispers (waswaas) on a person and reduces his sins.

May Allah Almighty enable all of us to make up the fast in the holy month of Ramazan.