THE VIRTUES OF FASTING : ISLAMIC and true FASTING :: CHRISTIAN

FASTING is another unique moral and spiritual characteristic of certain faiths.it means to others abstaining from foods,drinks,intimacy and smoking,before the break of the dawn till sunset during the entire month of Ramadhan.

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It teaches man the principle of sincere Love,Hope and an optimistic outlook on life;because when he fasts,he is hoping to please GOD and seeking his Grace.

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It imbues man with a genuine virtue of effective Devotion,honest dedication and closeness to God.

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Fasting cultivates in a man a vigilant and sound Conscience and it indoctrinates in Patience and Unselfishness.
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It is an effective lesson in applied Moderation and Willpower.
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It provides with a Transparent soul to transcend a clear Mind to think and a Light body to move and act.medical instructions,biological rules and intellectual experience attest to this fact.
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It enables man to master the art of Mature Adaptability and makes him naturally to adapt a new system in his daily life.
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It grounds man in Discipline and Healthy Survival in the real Spirit of Social Belonging,of Unity and Brotherhood,of Equality before GOD and as well as before the Law.
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FASTING is a GODLY prescription for self reassurance and self control,for maintenance of human dignity and freedom,for victory and peace.
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Fasting finally encourages man to exercise his full command over his passions,discipline his desires and resists all evil temptations.once he obtains all this,he has established inner peace with GOD, and consequently,with the entire universe.

Isaiah    58   New    International    Version

True Fasting

58

 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near them.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

and man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD

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