Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Ramadan!

The new moon also brought the first day of fasting for Muslims today.

For 30 days, they will abstain from food or drink during daylight hours. It's a difficult fast, but one they believe will be rewarded for.

Fasting has become a more popular devotion among people of all faiths. What do you think about the practice and what benefits can be gained?

To all of our Muslim readers, I wish you a blessed month.

1 comment:

John said...

Right after the Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:5-15), He also taught them how to fast (16-18). He didn't say "if you pray" or "if you fast". In both He said "when".

He also told a group that had asked that His disciples would fast "when the bridegroom [was[ taken away from them" (Mark 2:18-22).

The Apostle to the Gentiles fasted "often" (2 Cor 11) and taught about the benefits of fasting in a number of his epistles.

Fasting is a discipline to bring the flesh (the carnal nature) under control of the Spirit. It is also good for the body, as science has found.

I used to fast often, but have fallen back over the past couple of years. It is a more common discipline in some movements than others.