Monday, September 7, 2009

The Inner Secrets of Fasting (Part 5)

Characteristics of the more Specific Fasts:

Know that the one who has been given intellect, knows the objective behind fasting. Therefore, he burdens himself to the extent that he will not be unable to do that which is more beneficial than it. Ibn Mas’ood would fast very little and it is reported that he used to say: ‘‘When I fast, I grow weak in my prayer. And I prefer the prayer over the (optional) fast.’’ Some of the Companions would weaken in their recitation of the Qur‘aan when fasting. Thus, they would exceed in breaking their fast (i.e.. by observing less optional fasts), until they were able to balance their recitation. Every individual is knowledgeable of his condition and of what will rectify it.

This concludes this 5-Part Series of Articles, Previous Parts of this Article:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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