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Goals Of Fasting.!

Post by *Pearl* on Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:29 pm

The acts of worship that the Muslims practice seek to achieve certain
goals and benefits that Allah wants His slaves to acquire knowledge in
them and to comprehend and achieve them. Among these acts of worship is
fasting during the lunar month of Ramadan, which has several goals that
the Muslims must strive to achieve with his heart and by his actions.
These goals are as follows:

1. Achieving At-Taqwa, that is, the
fear from Allah. Allah said, "O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm
(fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before
you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious)." The Holy Quran 2/183.
Hence, fasting is a means to achieve At-Taqwa. In fact, all acts of
worship and Tawhid (monotheism) are methods and means to achieve
At-Taqwa, as Allah has said,"O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who
created you and those who were before you so that you may become
Al-Muttaqun." Quran 2/21)

2. Acquiring the rewards of Allah.
Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah related to the Prophet,
that he said, "Allah the Exalted said, 'All the deeds of the son of
Adam are his, except for As-Siyam, for it is Mine and I will reward for
it.'"

3. The Prophet also said, "The Sa-im ( the person who
fasts) has two happy moments: when he breaks his fast he is happy, and
when he meets his Lord he is happy because of his fast." (Al-Bukhari and
Muslim). About his saying, "When he breaks his fast he is happy," and
Imam Muslim's addition, "Because of his breaking his fast," Imam
Al-Qurtubi commented, "It means he is happy because his hunger and
thirst have ended, since he is allowed to break his fast. This happiness
is natural and this is apparently the desired meaning. It was also said
that his being happy is because of his breaking the fast, means that he
has fulfilled his fast, and as a culmination for his practicing the
acts of worship. His saying, 'And when he meets his Lord he is happy
because of his fast,' means he is happy because of the rewards for
fasting and its complete awards.'"

4. As-Sawm (fasting) purifies
the soul and helps it acquire the habit of obeying Allah and His
Messenger by defeating the desires of the heart. Fasting teaches
refraining from following the desires because the soul of the Sa-im
becomes obedient to Allah's commands. Also, Satan has a stronger hold
over the souls that often obey the desires. When the soul abandons its
desires, it will become more difficult for Satan to have a hold on the
heart.

5. Being saved from the Fire, for the Prophet said, "And
Allah has those whom he frees from the Fire, and this occurs every night
(meaning in Ramadan)." (At-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah)

6.
Ash-Shafa`ah (the right of intercession). The Prophet said, "As-Siyam
and the Quran will intercede on behalf of the slave. As-Siyam says, 'O
Lord! I prevented him from food and obeying his desires in the morning.
Therefore, accept my Shafa`ah on his behalf.' And the Quran says, 'I
prevented him from sleeping at night. Therefore, accept my Shafa`ah on
his behalf,' and they will be accepted as intercessors.'" (Ahmad,
Al-Hakim & Al-Bayhaqi).

7. Having the sins forgiven. There is
no doubt that fasting directs to having one's sins forgiven and erased.
The Prophet said, "The five prayers, and from Friday to the next
Friday, and Ramadan to the next Ramadan, are erasers for what occurs
between them, as long as major sins are avoided." (Muslim). Also, the
Messenger of Allah said, "Whoever fasts Ramadan with Iman and Ihtisab,
will have his previous sins forgiven." (Al-Bukhari & Muslim). Imam
Ahmad and An-Nasaii added the following to the above narration, "And
also what will occur later on (meaning future sins, as well)." "With
Iman" entails fasting while believing with the heart in the obligation
of fasting during Ramadan. As for Ihtisab, it means that one anticipates
the reward and his fasting is therefore only for the sake of Allah and
not to imitate his people and community or for any other worldly gain.
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Re: Goals Of Fasting.!

Post by Isma on Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:54 pm

Jazak ALLAH KHAIr ....
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