Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Extra-Special Fasting

Extra-special Fasting means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and wordly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He, and the Hereafter; it is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are not of this lower world.
Those versed in the spiritual life of the heart have even said that a sin is recorded against one who concerns himself all day with arrangements for breaking his Fast. Such anxiety stems from lack of trust in the bounty of God, Great and Glorious is He, and from lack of certain faith in His promised sustenance.
Excerpted from the Inner Dimensions of Worship by Imam al-Ghazali.

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