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Fasting men and women, God has prepared forgiveness and a splendid wage for you.
Quran 33:35

How to Fast


"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness" Quran 2:183

Fasting in Islam, known as "Sawm," is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is observed during the month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and marital relations. The fast is not just about refraining from physical needs but also involves spiritual reflection, increased prayer, and acts of charity.

During Ramadan, Muslims wake up before dawn to have a pre-fast meal called "Suhoor," and they break their fast at sunset with a meal called "Iftar." This month is considered a time of self-discipline, introspection, and heightened devotion to worship. Fasting is seen as an opportunity to purify the soul, practice self-control, and empathise with the less fortunate.

Through the act of fasting, Muslims aim to strengthen their relationship with God, seek forgiveness for past sins, and cultivate a sense of community and solidarity. The fast is not only a physical challenge but also a spiritual journey that helps believers grow in patience, gratitude, and compassion towards others. It is a time of spiritual renewal and a reminder of the blessings one has been given. 

Fasting is not only a fast from food and drink, but it includes all forms of self-restraint. A fast of our tongue by not back biting, slandering or cursing others. A fast of our ears by not hearing that which is displeasing to God. A fast of our eyes by lowering our gaze to the opposite gender and not spying. A fast of our desires by not being greedy, over indulgent and procrastinating.

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