What is fasting?
What is fasting, or sawm?

Fasting, in Arabic sawm:صوم‎‎, is abstention from drinking, eating and sexual relationship during the daytime (from fajr time until the beginning of maghrib), with the intention of performing that worship, and by seeking to obtain God’s approval.

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Date: Jun 9, 2016
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19 Are manual laborers allowed to postpone their fasting duty? 2013.07.26 656
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37 Meaning of Ashura 2010.12.20 4,268
38 Does waxing break fasting? 2011.08.18 10,590
39 Does donating blood break the fast? 2011.09.07 1,070
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41 Why do we fast? 2013.07.19 558
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45 How to fast after Ramadan 2011.09.07 414
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52 Fasting of kidney patients 2013.07.02 992
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56 Can a person with Alzheimer’s fast? 2011.08.19 525
57 Does using suppositories break the fast? 2011.09.07 2,128
58 Does vomiting break the fast? 2013.06.22 2,993
59 Beginning of Ramadan 2013 2013.07.10 265
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61 What should the sick, the old and the ones who cannot endure to fast do? 2011.08.17 740
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66 Ransom For The Fast 2016.06.15 2,181
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69 Going to Iftar invitations or Tarawih? 2011.10.16 853
70 Swallowing tears accidentally while crying 2013.06.19 2,868
71 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 2013.07.08 392
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74 Does dying hair break fasting? 2012.06.05 2,933
75 Kissing lustfully while fasting 2016.06.19 5,426
76 My mother makes us iftar 30 minutes late. What should we do? 2013.07.06 1,470
77 Which country should i comply with to begin Ramadan? 2011.08.13 625
78 When should one stop drinking before starting fast? 2011.08.21 1,165
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