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'O believers, you must fast so that you may learn self-restraint. Fasting is prescribed for you during a fixed number of days.

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RAMADAN 'O believers, you must fast so that you may learn self-restraint. Fasting is prescribed for you during a fixed number of days. (Surah 2:183-4) Sawm, or fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam. Sawm is the deliberate control of the body by an act of will. During the 29 or 30 days of the Muslim month of Ramadan healthy adult Muslims will go without all the pleasures of the body during all the hours of daylight. The fast begins as the first light of dawn touches the horizon and ends with sunset. Hunger, comfort and sex are the three things, which have to be brought under control. Nothing must pass the lips (not even chewing-gum, a cigarette, or the smoke of someone else's cigarette!), and a real conscious effort must be made to make sure no evil deed or thought is committed. If the emotions of the heart or mind, or the behavior of the Muslim are wrong, then the fast will lose its real significance. Along with salat, another important form of worship is fasting. It is obligatory for each Muslim, apart from some exemptions, to fast in the month of Ramadan. During the hours of fasting, food and drink and sexual relations between husband and wife are forbidden. It is enjoined that during fasting one should pay attention to remembrance of God and study the Holy Quran in abundance. ...read more.

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WHAT HAPPENS? In the morning before the sun had risen, Muslims are to wake up to open their fast. They are to eat or drink something before the Fajr prayer and there is a Dua which also has to be read. Then after eating something they pray there prayer of Fajr, then they might decide to go back to sleep. Some Muslims then go on 2 reading some of the Quran. If you are able to read the whole of the Quran in the month of Ramadan there is lots of sawab (good deeds). Then when all of the day light hours are over this is when Muslims are able to eat their Iftar (the foods that breaks the fast after sunset). Muslims around the world open their fast with a date and a glass of water and then later on go on to eat the meal. There are many nice kinds of foods during the month of Ramadan. After you have opened your fast you then have to pray your Magrib prayer. This is read at sunset. Then you could read some more Quran. Many families call cousins around so the fast can be opened together. This makes the atmosphere even better. Now there is only one prayer left in the day Isha which is to be read with and extra 20 rakats this is called Travi. ...read more.

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that you were born in good circumstances, healthy and well. Fasting brings the whole of a Muslim community together, like when people come around to open fast together, or you invite people to come and open their fasts together in your house. When you go to read Travi everyone is together as a community whilst they are praying. Increases your will power and makes you closer to Allah. The only disadvantage I can think of fasting is if a child is too young and tries to keep a fast when he can not, but children do not have to fast compulsory until they are thirteen years old. So on the whole I think that fasting has too many advantages and not many disadvantages. So I think that fasting is good thing for Muslims not a bad thing. Looking at it from a Muslims perspective there are no disadvantages about fasting. If you look at it from another religions perspective, because they would not be used to keeping fasts they could say that it could affect the way you work during the day. It can make you tire quickly at you would not be able to carry out your daily tasks properly. Every one would have their own different view on it, me being a Muslim, I do not believe that there are any sort of disadvantages in fasting. 1 Ikhlas Raja 10s5 Candidate No: 9297 RE coursework Dr. Gunn ...read more.

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