FASTING IN DIVINE SCRIPTURES

FASTING IN THE TANAKH:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” (Isaiah 58:6-9)

FASTING IN THE GOSPEL
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6/16-18)

FASTING IN THE QUR’AN:
“Oh, you who believe and trust in God! Fasting has been prescribed for you in the way that was prescribed for the ones before you, so that you may protect yourselves. Fast on the consecutive days. Whoever among you does not fast on those days because you are sick or on a journey, then (you should fast) the same number of days on other days. Those who are able to fast are also required to pay a fee (which is equivalent to the cost) of feeding a desperate person. Whoever volunteers to do more than good, it is better for them. If only you knew how good it is for you to fast, you would (fast even when sick or travelling, though). The consecutive days are the month of Ramadan when the Quran was sent down, that Criterion which is a guide for the humanity and which also includes the explanatory verses of that guide. So, whoever among you witnesses that month must spend it by fasting. Whoever is sick or on a journey may fast for the same number of days on other days. God desires ease for you. He does not desire difficulty. These eases are in order that you complete the number of days and (at the end of fasting) you glorify God for guiding you to this and that you fulfill your duties towards Him.” (al-Baqarah 2:183-185)

THE QUR’AN ATTESTS CONFIRMATION TO PREVIOUS DIVINE BOOKS:
“He has sent down to you the Book including the whole truth and confirming the previous ones. He had also sent down the Torah and the Gospel.” (The Qur’an 3:3)
“God has legislated for you the religion which He enjoined upon Noah. (Oh, Muhammad!) That which God has sent down to you, and that which He enjoined upon Abraham, Moses and Jesus is: “Keep up this religion, and therein do not separate or divide”.” (The Qur’an 42:13)

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Date: May 29, 2018