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July 1, 2010


by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, why DO we fast? The usual reply is “Oh, so we can feel like the poor.”

Erm, no. That’s just a small part of it.

The real reason has been mentioned by Allah in the Quran:

“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).” [Al-Baqarah (2):183]

So Allah tells us that the reason that fasting has been prescribed is so that we can be Al-Muttaqoon i.e. those with taqwa (piety).

Here’s a nice lecture that explains what taqwa is, why we need it and how fasting helps us to to attain it:

Fasting is for Taqwa  by Bilal Philips (Download: Part 1 and Part 2)

Part 1:

Part 2:

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