Fasting: Food for the Soul
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Sunday 13th May 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)
Allah has commanded Muslims to fast during the month of Ramaḍān not for any physical benefit, but for the nourishment of the soul. A believer is restricted from nourishing their body during the day so that they may create a higher awareness of Allah. This element of taqwa is closely linked to ihsan – the worship of Allah as though one can see Him, or that Allah is watchful over him.
The body has been created from the dust of this Earth and will return to it. Its nourishment also comes from the soil of this Earth. The spirit, however, is from the heavens and therefore its nourishment has also been placed in the heavens. In this manner, believers divert their attention from their bodies so that they may focus on their souls.
Find out in this talk the spiritual benefits of fasting and how we can gain closeness to Allah by observing the fasts of Ramaḍān.
Below are some of the timecodes and topics for this talk:
13:39 – Fasting creates a higher awareness
18:45 – The importance of the soul
27:19 – Worshipping our bodies
35:49 – The nourishment of the soul will come from its original source
41:00 – What does ‘sawm’ mean?
48:00 – Good deeds lead to better deeds
56:55 – The unique benefits of fasting
1:00:36 – The spiritual benefits of fasting
1:09:33 – We have a choice to rise or fall before Allah.
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