References from Khulafa

Why do we fast? Understand from the words of the Khulafa

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra):

“One who leaves his things for Allah during fasting – the things that are not a crime nor against the law to do so – by this he becomes habitual in not using others’ things wrongfully and does not look at them. So, when he leaves lawful things for the sake of Allah like this, then his gaze cannot ever go towards anything unlawful.” (Al-Fazl, 17th December 1966)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra):

“The purpose of fasting is not merely starvation. If you could reach Heaven through this, then even disbelievers and hypocrites would be ready to do so in this way. This is not hard. In reality what is hard is the moral and spiritual change. Even prisoners begin hunger strikes. Even Brahmans stop eating when they are not listened to. The purpose of Ramadan is to leave everything for Allah and to be ready to leave everything for Him. Fasting is a symbol that one can leave every right for Allah, like eating, drinking, conjugal relations, etc. Ramadan should not come and go while one is still pondering over how one can leave his rights.” (Abridged translation from Al-Fazl, 30th March 1962)

“There are four roots to the ways eveil actions are borne and the rest are their roots. They are: 1. Eating, 2. Drinking, 3. Lust, 4. Desire to refrain from actions. Fasting stops all of these things. Fasting allows one to earn blessings instead of being dishonest, as in worldly things. The needs because of which one involves himself in sin, these needs are temporarily stopped through fasting in Ramadan.” (Abridged translation from Al-Fazl, 17th December, 1966)

“In my opinion, there are some people who take fasting as something minor and leave it due to small things or excuses. Due to the mere thought that they will become sick, they leave fasting. This is no excuse to leave fasting because of the fear that they will become sick. One can leave fasting only in the condition that he is sick and sick to the extent that fasting is harmful. To leave a fast due to a sickness which is not affected by fasting is not acceptable.” (Al-Fazl, 11th April 1925)

“Intention is necessary for fasting. Without it, there is no reward. Intention is from the heart. One is allowed to eat and drink till he sees light from the East. If one takes precautions and later he is told that light had already come out, his fast will still be valid. The time between the Holy Prophet’s (sa) eating of food and Fajr prayers was equal to that of reciting 50 verses.” (Al-Fazl, 28th July 1914)

Review of Religions compilation from Tafsir e Kabir

100 years ago – The Month of Ramadan

Ramadan and the Qur’an

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (ra):

Here is an audio QA with Khalifatul Masih IV on various topics related to fasting.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba):