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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (2/2)

Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (cont.) The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted … Continue reading

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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (1/2)

 Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting And whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby; for to fast is to do good unto yourselves — if you but knew it.  [Quran 2:184]. Our … Continue reading

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Fasting of the Heart: Inner Dimensions of Spiritual Abstinence

Fasting of the Heart “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he … Continue reading

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Fasting & Affluence: Does Prosperity Weaken Our Fast?

Fasting Amid Affluence  In a culture where the landscape is dotted with shrines to the Golden Arches and an assortment of Pizza Temples, fasting seems out of place, out of step with the times. In fact, fasting has been in … Continue reading

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Fasting Defined: Ecclesiastical, Therapeutic & Natural Fasts (2/3)

Ecclesiastical, Therapeutic and Natural Fasting “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work–whether native-born or an alien living among you – because on … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Islam & Ramadan; Quran; Hadith; Imams (7/7)

Ramadan & Fasting Quotes: Quran; Hadith; Imams; & Shaykhs Quran on Ramadan, Fasting Hadith on Ramadan, Fasting Imams, Shaykhs on Ramadan, Fasting Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (83 – 148 AH) (702 – 765 C.E.) Imam al-Ghazali (450 – 503 AH)(c. 1058–1111 C.E.) Shaykh … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Other Jewish Sources (3/7)

Fasting Quotes: Other Jewish Sources Fasting in post-biblical Judaism offered holiness and obedience in the absence of sacrificial ritual services and prayers associated with the Temple. It also helped to preserve the separate and distinct character of the Jewish people … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Hindu Sources (1/7)

Fasting Quotes: Hindu Sources Hinduism sees the soul trapped in recurring incarnations of suffering and grief (samsara). The goal of devotional exercises (sadhana) is liberation (moksha) from this cycle. Ascetic austerities (tapas) such as fasting, increase willpower and help the mind … Continue reading

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