About fasting the
Chapter of Al-Baqara (The Cow) says the following in the verses
183-184 and 185:-
183.O, you who believe! Fasting (to
refrain from eating, to abstain
from indulgence, to
refrain from gossip)
has been prescribed to you as it has been done to the ones
before you. It is hoped that you may be protected
in this way.
Fasting is for a fixed number of
days. Whoever among you is ill or who is on a journey he needs
to make up for those days
(he should fast for the same
number of days on other days).
For those who have limited strength for fasting and who can
afford it is a ransom. The ransom is to feed the one who is
indigent. Who gives away more, then he has much more
blessings. And if you may know fasting is more blessed (than
giving the ransom).
The month of Ramadan in which was
revealed the Qur’an as a guide as Huda
(the knowledge, the science about
clear, open verses, evidence
from the FURKAN
(the science, about the
distinction and the explanation in detail)
Whoever among you witnesses this ‘month’, he should fast.
Whoever is ill or on a journey he should fast the same number
of days later on other days. Allah, desires ease for you /as
you yourself and does not desire difficulty for you.. Allah
desires that you complete
those number of days
and exalt the greatness of Allah for having guided you. It is
hoped that you are thankful and grateful.
As can be understood from these verses, fasting is a universal
prayer and all the Muslims are responsible for performing it.
At the same time, it has been made a pillar for the communities
before us (the Muslims) just like the salaat. As it has been
stated in the 185th verse of the Chapter of the Baqara the
fasting days which are a pillar are within the month of
Ramadan. The other fasts are like the freely performed
However, please do
not consider these prayers as unnecessary, useless, because
they are not compulsory. In the end they make you ride the
carriage of contemplation/ deep thinking.
The ones who are
unable to fast due to reasons of illness or travel, then they
can make up for the number of days on which they could not fast
on other days.
The ones for whom the
process of fasting will be difficult, then they may pay a ransom
to compensate for it, because the 185th verse says ‘’Allah
wants the easiness for you and not the difficulties’’.
Those who are
considered within this category are the ones who are old, the
ones who suffer from illnesses with no cure such as diabetes,
heart problems and ulcer. However, to runaway from fasting by
very simple reasons and trying to find shelter in excuses such
as an illness is not appropriate for the individual of Islam.
Therefore, every individual unit should question himself by
referring to his conscious and he should not refrain from
fasting by small excuses and rumors.
I think I do not have
to repeat that fasting does not only mean to remain hungry and
it is not limited by this concept as well. It should be
supported by prayers such as the salaat and the zhikr and these
activities spread all over the brain as well as the body.
Most probably, the
believers have started the necessary practices or they are
doing them all the time. Personally, I regard such practices
as an important step in leaving aside the worldly values and
wish deep from my heart that this attitude continues after the
month of Ramadan too.
Meanwhile, I would
like to point out something which I think is important. We, the
humans do not understand anything. To understand means to
hear, to sense by means of intuition, to learn. Let me try to
express once again :- Both fasting and the salaat are in
relation with the movements of the sun and the moon and they
are not aimed for pleasing a god (high above). Please, accept
this fact. This is the reason why Allah’s Rasul is giving the
instruction ‘’Start fasting when you see the Moon and finish
fasting when you see the Moon.’’
explanation for this is as follows: the new moon is the time
for new beginnings. During this time the energy is high and the
liveliness, willingness increases. This factor leads to success
and riches. The intuition is high as well.
The time of the full moon is the
One is filled with energy and motivation. Following the full
moon phase, the culmination, the moon starts to come down, so
the high energies start to be more calm. One is silent, cool,
weak and unwilling.
The image is mature
and serious. This period is the time to go downwards to the
unconscious and hide the feelings. All of these values are
related to the ending of the month. If you examine carefully
the fasting completes its function when your energy is almost
My dear friends,
The Rasul of Allah
emphasizes that Ramadan is a month for blessings, because the
dark state of the hopeless people living on our planet are
plunged into light.
I am saying ‘’May
the month of Ramadan be blessed for you’’.
Remain with love and
may you be entrusted to Allah.
September 23rd 2006