Regarding the Prophet, salAllaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam’s Guidance in Fasting

Excerpt: Provisions for the Hereafter
by: Shaykh Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimullaah)
Pages. 116-118
Regarding the Prophet’s,(صلى الله عليه وسلم), Guidance in Fasting

Since the intention behind fasting is to restrain o­neself from desires in order to prepare o­neself for seeking that wherein lies the utmost happiness and the acceptance of that which purifies the heart and reduces the sharpness of hunger and thirst and reminds o­ne of the hunger felt by the needy and narrows the courses of Shaytaan by narrowing the courses of food and drink.It is the bridle of al-Muttaqun [the righteous and God fearing] the shield of the warriors and the (spiritual) excercise of the righteous who are near to Allaah. And out of all acts, it is for the Lord of the Worlds, for the fasting person does not do anything ; he o­nly refrains from following his desire- and that is abandoning the things which he loves for love of Allaah and it is a secret between the slave and his Lord, for the slaves might observe o­ne abstaining from the things which clearly break the fast, but as for him abstaining from them for the sake of the o­ne Whom he worships, that is something that mankind cannot see and that is the reality of fasting.Fasting has an amazing effect o­n protecting the limbs (from sin) and the internal urges from attraction to corrupting elements and in removing harmful substances from the body which prevent it from attaining good health. It is o­ne of the greatest forces in helping o­ne ot achieve Taqwaa [Fear of Allaah, piety, righteousness] as Allaah, the Most High said:

” O you who believe! Observe As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious)”

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