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PostSubject: Islamic Fasting - The Real Deal   Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:02 am

There are few recommended Islamic fasts that can be done through out the year other than the obligatory whole month of Ramadhan. Very Happy

1. Monday and Thursdays

Aishah narrated:
"The Prophet (upon him be peace) used to try to fast on Mondays and Thursdays."
[Reported in Tirmizi]

2. 13th, 14th, 15th of the lunar months

Narrated Abu Huraira:
My friend (the Prophet, upon him be peace) advised me to observe three things: (1) to fast three days a month; (2) to pray two rak`at of Duha prayer (forenoon prayer); and (3) to pray witr before sleeping.
[Reported in Sahih Bukhari]

3. The Fasting of Prophet David, every alternate days

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr:
The Prophet (upon him be peace) said to me, "The most beloved fasting to Allaah/God was the fasting of (the Prophet) David who used to fast on alternate days. And the most beloved prayer to Allah/God was the prayer of David who used to sleep for (the first) half of the night and pray for 1/3 of it and (again) sleep for a sixth of it."
[Reported in Sahih Bukhari]

The command of fasting

Allaah, the Creator said:

"O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous -"
[Qur'An 2:183]

Fasting as an experience and expression

Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every day.

Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him.

Wisdom behind fasting

A person who is fasting is commanded to do the obligatory duties and to avoid sinful acts. The Prophet (upon him be peace) said:

"Whoever does not abandon false speech, acting upon that (false speech) and (acts of) ignorance (i.e. sins), then Allaah/God has no need of him abandoning his food and drink." [Reported in Sahih Bukhari]

Fulfilling one’s desires leads to heedlessness and perhaps the heart becomes hardened and blinded from the truth. This is why the Prophet (upon him be peace) advised to eat and drink little, where he said:

"The Son of Adam (human beings) does not fill a vessel worse than his stomach." [Reported by Ahmad, An-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah]

When to start fasting?

Narrated Sahl bin Saud:
When the following verses were revealed: 'Eat and drink until the white thread appears to you, distinct from the black thread' and of dawn was not revealed, some people who intended to fast, tied black and white threads to their legs and went on eating till they differentiated between the two. Allah then revealed the words, 'of dawn', and it became clear that meant night and day.
[Reported in Sahih Bukhari]

When to break the fast?

Narrated `Umar bin Al-Khattab:
Allah's Apostle said, "When night falls from this side and the day vanishes from this side and the sun sets, then the fasting person should break his fast."
[Reported in Sahih Bukhari]

Science in fasting





SUMMARY
1. Fast starts from dawn until sunset, in between sunset to dawn, one can eat as much as they want, but Islam encourages not to overeat.
2. Abstain primarily on food and drinks during the fast

BENEFITS IN TRAINING (personal experience)
1. Body feels lighter during fasted training
2. More energetic and stamina
3. May cause fatigue when aiming for high reps if you are new to fasted training, but the body will adapt at most in just a few weeks.
4. Fasted training should be done easier 1-2 hours before breaking the fast/sunset

.. i invite you to try out the real fasting.. sunny
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