Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fasting is the ultimate spiritual purification for our soul!

Our soul is immortal. It has divine origin. Those who purify it will succeed whereas those who corrupt it will fail. 

'And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it.
And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness.
He has succeeded who purifies it.
And he has failed who instills it [with corruption]'.
Qur'an 91: 7-10
Fasting is best purification for the heart and soul, not only the body. Because fulfilling the base desires corrupts the soul.
Fasting is not only done with the mouth by not eating and drinking, but with all bodily organs as well as the mind and heart!
Fasting of the eye is not looking at that which Allah has prohibited, fasting of the ears is not listening to that which is prohibited, of the tongue is not speaking that which is haram, the same holds true for the heart, mind, hands, feet and the rest of the body.
Allah Most High says:
"He who is hostile to a friend of Mine I declare war against. My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him"
(Fath al-Bari, 11.34041, hadith 6502); This hadith was related by Imam Bukhari, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Bayhaqi, and others with multiple contiguous chains of transmission, and is sahih.