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Fasting - The important Pillar of Islam

Fasting is one of the five basic pillars of Islam, the others being Namaz, Shahadah, Hajj and Zakat. These are the basics of a Muslim’s faith and he or she must perform these in order to be a true Muslim, as a matter of fact, they are obligatory on everyone. Each pillar of Islam is important in its own way.

In this article, we shall discuss the importance of the pillar of Islam that is fasting and also the fact that why it is so important.

Importance of fasting

Fasting is the act of abstaining from eating or drinking anything with hopes of achieving the love of God. It is usually done in the month of Ramadan but can also be done in other days of the year as well, except for the festive days i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. It is the time when Muslims can earn great rewards for their good deeds. As it is evident from the following hadith:

“Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah)

Therefore, we ought to indulge ourselves in the great acts such as reciting the Quran with urdu translation (if Arabic is not your language and Urdu is the translation you’re comfortable with). You may also use LilMuslim Arabic Alphabet Android app to teach Arabic alphabet pronunciation to your kids.

Importance

The Quran is the word of Allah and the reward for reciting even a single word or letter of it is great. As it is evident from the following hadith:

“He who reads one letter of the Quran it (becomes) for him a good deed, and a single good deed is rewarded (by Allah) by ten times the like thereof. I am not saying that Alif-Lam-Mim is (just) one word, but that Alif is a (separate) letter (word), Lam is a (separate) letter (word), and Mim is a (separate) letter (word).” (Tirmidhi)

Hence, Quran recitation is one of the great deeds a Muslim can perform in the Holy Month of Ramadan to earn great rewards and enhance his ‘naama-e-aimal’ greatly. another importance of this month worth mentioning is that a Muslim can get his past sins forgiven if the act of fasting is done properly. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has said:

“.. whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." (Bukhari)

With all the above information, it is now safe to conclude that Ramadan is a month full of blessings for Muslims and all must strive to get as many blessings from Allah as possible.

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