Saturday, February 19, 2011

The ritual of fasting


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via Discover Islam by (Discover Islam) on 8/10/10

The ritual of fastingThe ritual of fasting, the third pillar of Islam, is ob­served each year by Muslims throughout the entire month of Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The period of fasting each day lasts from the first light of dawn until sunset, thus obliging devotees to make radical changes in their entire daily routine. Since no food or drink whatsoever is to be consumed during daylight hours, they experience the sharp pangs of hunger and thirst, and the fatigue and weakness which accompany them. This abstinence, day after day, from the basic essentials of life teaches a lesson in endurance; it is this willing submission of devotees to the hardships of fasting which strengthen their capacity for patience and fortitude.



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