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Fasting develops Piety

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“O you who believe! Fasting has been made compulsory upon you just as it was compulsory upon those before you (the Jews and Christians), so that you may develop taqwa (piety).” (Surah Baqarah, v183)

This verse highlights the love and mercy that Allah Ta’ala has for us. Allah Ta’ala has not merely instructed us to fast, but rather Allah Ta’ala has made the task easy for us by informing us that the previous nations also had to fast. Naturally if they had managed to fast, we too will be able to carry it out. Fasting develops piety. The only way to give up sin is to go against one’s carnal desire of eating, drinking and relations. This in turn weakens the carnal desire and strengthens the will-power to say “no” to any unlawful desire. Thus fasting develops self-restraint and leads us on to the pathway of piety.