Does Fasting have a Collective Benefit?


Question:
Does fasting have a collective benefit?
هل للصوم فائدة اجتماعية؟

Answer:
Yes, it has its collective benefits, from them:

  • The people feel that they are one Ummah,
  • they (all) eat at the same time and they (all) fast at the same time.
  • The rich realize the blessings of Allaah (upon them) and they sympathize towards the poor people.
  • And, fasting minimizes the pitfalls (caused) by Shaytaan to Baaniý Adaam (son of Adaam).
  • And, there is taqwaa (fear of Allaah) in fasting
  • and taqwaa (fear of Allaah) strengthens the ties between the individual members of society.

نعم له فائدة اجتما عية منها: شعور الناس بأنهم أمة واحد، يأكلون في وقت واحد، ويصومون في وقت واحد، ويشعر الغني بنعمة الله، ويعطف على الفقير، ويقلل من مزالق الشيطان لابن آدم، وفيه تقوى الله ، وتقوى الله تُقَوِّى الأواصربين أفراد المجتمع

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fataawa as-Siyaam Shaykh Ibnu Uthaymeen, p24

فتاوى الصيم الشيخ ابن عثيمين، ص ٢٤
Translated by Umm Sufyaan

Source: FatwaIslam.com

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