Exposing the Truth about Fasting in Islam (Part 2)

May 2023

   In Part 2 of this article, we will continue to examine the Muslims’ claim of practicing “fasting” during the month of Ramadan. As we mentioned in Part 1, fasting is one of the major pillars of Islam which is practiced by Muslims worldwide and has been for the past 1400 years. 

   We read in the following verse the Muslims’ claim that fasting during the daytime (remember, Muslims eat all night long) is used as a replacement for one who cannot afford to feed ten poor people or clothe them or free a Muslim. This reason for fasting, in this case for three daytimes, is found in Qur’an 5:89: “Allah will not hold you responsible for the mere utterance in your oath, but he will hold you responsible in regard to an oath taken seriously. So its atonement will be to feed ten poor persons with such adequate food as you feed your own families with or to clothe them or to set a neck (slave) free. So who cannot find means, so fasting three days. This is the atonement of your oaths when you will have sworn. And keep your oaths. Likewise, Allah makes his verses clear to you, perhaps you may give thanks.”

   Fasting is even used as atonement for killing wild game. This is a punishment for disobeying the word of Allah concerning wild game as given in Qur’an 5:95: “O you who have believed, do not kill game while you are on pilgrimage. ...

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