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Introducing Islam
by Suhel Farooq Khan

Five Pillars of Islam
5th Pillar

Fasting
(Sawm)

Muslims all over the world, observe fasting from sunrise to sunset, during the month of Ramadan (Ninth month of the Islamic calendar), every year.

Besides completely abstaining from many Lawful (Halal) things such as eating, drinking and getting intimate with spouses during the fasting hours, they also avoid loose talk or harsh words during their fast.

The elderly, the sick, travelers, nursing mothers, pregnant women and women during their menstrual cycles are exempt from fasting. Those who can compensate their missed fasts after becoming normal, should do so, later.

Fasting is an exercise to gain self control.

A light pre-dawn meal (Sahur) is highly recommended.
Following the tradition of the last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (Peace be upon him), Muslims break their fast with palm-dates or water.

Breaking fast without any valid reason is a great sin and its penalty is to keep fast for 60 days continuously, or feed 60 people.

God had prescribed fasting for all the other religions before Islam, but they have either forgotten it altogether or have reduced it to mere symbolism.
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What is Islam?

Who are Muslims?

Who is the God of Muslims?

What is the Qur-an?
Who was Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
Do Muslims Worship Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
What are the Tradition of Muhammad (Sunnah)?
The Concept of worship in Islam?
The Five Pillars of Islam
1.
Declaration of Faith
(Shahadah)
Articles of Faith
2.
Prayers (Salah)
Call for Prayers
(Adhan)
3.
Compulsory Charity (Zakah)
4.
Pilgrimage to the Ka'bah (Hajj)
5.
Fasting (Sawm)
The Islamic Calendar
Is Islam Rational
Status of Women in Islam
Polygamy in Islam
Does Islam teach violence?
What is Jihad?
Fundamentalism, Terrorism and Islam
Does Islam tolerate other religions?
Does Islam recognize Jesus?
Things forbidden in Islam
A Simple Test
How to revert back to
Islam?
 

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