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Ramadan 2017: The significance of fasting during the holy month

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 26 May 2017, 13:06:22 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

The holy festival of Ramadan involves fasting for an entire month. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and during this time Muslims refrain themselves from smoking and any kinds of bad habits. 

The spiritual intention of fasting for a month is to understand the pain of hunger and thirst and to surrender souls to almighty. 
In the past, many people have spoken about the importance of fasting.

Through prayer, fasting, and studying, God will answer.” --Monica Johnson

“Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.” –Mahavira

Mahama Gandhi, who believed in fast stated that, “FASTING is a potent weapon in the Satyagraha armoury. It cannot be taken by every one. Mere physical capacity to take it is no qualification for it. It is of no use without a living faith in God. It should never be a mechanical effort or a mere limitation. It must come from the depth of one's soul. It is, therefore, always rare.”
Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the fire. - Ahmad, Saheeh

“The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.” - Tariq Ramadan

Well, the holy month is on its way and along with taking blessing from the elders and praying for peace, so don’t forget to enjoy the festival.

Ramadan wish: As you fast and offers prayers to Allah, may you find your peace and happiness. Have a peaceful and happy Ramadan!