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Islamic Concepts






FASTING A DIVINE BANQUET



INTRODUCTION




Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, and blessings and peace be
upon Prophet Muhammed, his infallible progeny and the righteous among his
companions.



The Almighty, never promulgates any law unless there is a great purpose
behind it in serving the interests of mankind, guiding them along the sublime
path of piety and towards the lofty heights of perfection.



He, the Exalted sent messengers and prophets as blessings to the
humankind, to take them out of the labyrinths of uncertainty and aimlessness,
guide them to the right path, and inspire in them a virtuous life, which
ultimately will be of benefit in the world to come. Allah did not forbid
mankind from anything except what might bring certain harm; and He did not
enjoin anything except that which is of benefit both in this present world and
the hereafter.



As part of
His unbounded grace, the All-wise has enjoined the month of fasting as an
obligation on all those who profess to be Muslims. Hence, fasting Ramadhan
could very well be described as Allah's banquet. It is among the wonderful
aspects of Islam which build human character and personality, and help mould
social life.



A Muslim while fasting experiences the
aesthetic pleasure of Allah's proximity and the joy of divine blessings. The
feeling thus instills the will in the believers to lead a life of content,
filled with Allah's remembrance and ever responsive to His command.



A Muslim who fasts experiences feelings of
great spirituality and a profound sense of exaltation. He is sure of himself
and is confident of moving towards perfection, because he consciously musters
all his senses to direct his powerful will to serve and please his Creator.










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