By Editorial Staff
Upon becoming Muslim, one must fast the month Ramadan, the second act of worship that Allah enjoins upon us, every year.
During Ramadan one must abstain from anything that breaks the fast; eaing, drinking and sexual intercourse, from the time of fajr (dawn) until maghrib (sunset) as an act of obedience to Allah.
Like the Prayer, this act of worship has been part of the Shari`ahs given by all the Prophets. Their followers fasted as we do.
Ramadan is the month in which Muslims observe the obligatory fast which has been prescribed by God on those who believe in Him as it was prescribed on previous nations.
O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety. (Al-Baqarah 2:183)
The above verse explains the main purpose of fasting. It is to attain taqwa (God-consciousness) which means that every Muslim must be watchful of everything. He must watch out every word he utters and every action he does.
In this Special Folder (All About Ramadan), we will focus on fasting and its related issues.