‘Practise proper fasting etiquette’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS are advised to practise the proper etiquette of fasting during Ramadhan which covers more than just abstaining from eating or drinking.

“Keep your eyes, ears, tongue, stomach and entire body from doing sinful, dishonourable and acts that go against the rules of syara, which can damage the reward of fasting such as looking at inappropriate things, lying, complaining, gossiping, insulting people and others,” the imams said during the sermon yesterday.

These are ways for an individual to fully reap the rewards of fasting.

Other than refraining oneself from the acts that can damage the quality of their own fast, imams also reminded Muslims on the importance of niat (intention).

If the niat is absent then the individual’s fast would not be accepted. It should be recited every night or read at the start of Ramadhan with the intention to fast the whole month.

One of the advised times to recite the niat is during the sahur (pre-fasting meal) period which starts after midnight up until the break of dawn.

“Those who eat prior to midnight, would only be eating a normal meal rather than performing sahur, thus he will not be receiving the benefits of sahur.”

Muslims were also reminded to consume only light meals during sahur, and break fast with an odd number of dates before any other meal.

“Eating dates has a number of benefits, one of them is to receive the full nutrients from the sweetness of the date because it is easier for the stomach to digest something sweet when it’s empty. Furthermore, eating sweet food will help an individual regain his strength.”

Imams also urged Muslims to hasten the breaking of fast and not waste food.

Fasting during Ramadhan is wajib (compulsory) for all healthy and able Muslims. “If an individual deliberately chooses not to fast, not only would he be sinning but he would also be at a very big loss.”

The Brunei Times