Ramadan Series – Day 1: Purpose of Fasting

In this blessed month of Ramadan, many people fast. Over a billion Muslims worldwide abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours for the entire month. But the question many people ask is, “Why do they fast?”

Well, the main reason Muslims are required to fast is to attain something called taqwa. This refers to consciousness of Almighty God. We are well aware that God exists already, but by abstaining from food and drink we grow in this awareness by remembering the blessings God has given us.

One of these blessings is nourishment. So by remembering that Almighty God is the sole provider of such nourishment, we grow in our level of consciousness of Almighty God.

Some people say the purpose of fasting is to remember the poor. And while this is true, it is not the main core reason. The main reason is to attain taqwa. In this day and age, it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to food. In many western countries, it’s widely available. Fasting gives us an opportunity to remember Almighty God and to be conscious of Him.

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