On Ramadan al-Sharif

Verses from the Qur’an “It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was (first) sent down as guidance for all people, having (in it) clear proofs of (divine) guidance and the criterion (for right and wrong). So whoever among you bears witness to the month shall then fast it. Yet if one among you is sick or is on a journey (such a person shall then fast) the same number of other days. God intends for you ease, and does not intend for you hardship. Rather, (He wills)…

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The most perfect fasting

The most excellent fasting is to make the human senses and organs, such as the eyes, ears, heart, and mind, fast together with the stomach. That is, to withdraw them from unlawful things and from trivia, and to urge each of them to their particular worship. For example, to ban the tongue from lying, back-biting, and obscene language, thus making it fast, and to busy it with such activities as reciting the Qur’an, praying, glorifying Allah’s Names, asking for Allah’s blessings for the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon…

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After the month of Ramadan

Zeynelabidin Yıldırım When the month of Ramadan comes, in order to point at that it is the month of mercy, Muslim preachers say “The devils are chained in Ramadan, what remain are your intention and deeds.” Yes, as they indicate, what remains in Ramadan is the lower self which is given to us for the test and our progress and which always invites Satan to our hearts. The lower self is trained through fasting which teaches us with hunger that the possessor of beings, the creator, the owner of blessings,…

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