Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem
Last week I began my Ramadan series Inner Dimensions by writing a little bit about how we can tap back into the spiritual aspect of our prayer, the foundation of our worship. Today I want to take it one step further and talk about fasting, the foundation of our Ramadan.
We know that there are two distinct dimensions to fasting: the inner and the outer. Our outer fasting is what we tend to think of most often when we think of Ramadan – no food, no drink, no intimacy, from dawn until sunset for 30 days.
But Allah says in the Qur’an:
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous (attain taqwa).”
This verse makes it clear that the whole point of fasting, we could even say the whole essence of fasting, is not to make ourselves hungry and thirsty, but to use fasting as a means to attain a higher status in our inner-selves, to become more righteous. Continue reading “Inner Dimensions: The Fast”