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#RamadanTips – Episode 8: Secrets of Fasting⁣

Let’s talk fasting – the act of fasting is more than mere abstention from food, drink, and intimacy with one’s spouse. We are aware of this; however, the daylight hours of Ramadan remain drawn-out moments of thirst and hunger. ⁣

Fulfilling the outward aspects of fasting makes the act valid. Is that it? Shouldn’t we be concerned beyond that? ⁣

Imam Al-Ghazali, in his book Ihya’a Ulumu Deen, describes the three levels of fasting. ⁣

Level 1: The Fast of the Ordinary⁣

The lowest level of fasting involves refraining from what you are supposed to refrain from, such as eating, drinking, intimate relations.⁣

Level 2: The Fast of the Special⁣

At this level, you not only fast from what is refrained but also observe ethical fasting. Your eyes, ears, and other body parts also fast. ⁣

Level 3: The Fast of the Elite⁣

The third level of fasting involves physically, spiritually, and intellectually engaged with God without breaking consciousness from this state for even a moment. Fasting with your heart and mind.⁣

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah said, ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me, and I shall reward for it.’⁣

This Ramadan, let’s be mindful and aware of how we utilize and take account of each moment.⁣

The act of fasting includes much more than abstaining from food and drinks.⁣

???? Let your eyes fast – choose what you look at.⁣
???? Let your mouth fast – control what you say, from gossip, foul language, backbiting, slandering.⁣
???? Let your ears fast – abstain from listening to things that you should not. ⁣

Mindfully holding ourselves accountable for each moment, we can turn every single minute into an act of worship. Allowing us to reconnect with Allah (SWT) in a very empowering, fulfilling, and meaningful way.⁣

It’s just five weeks for Ramadan. Get in the habit of fasting and start fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.⁣

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