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Fiqh: Sawm or Siyaam (Fasting) Part 1: The Virtues and Benefits of Fasting

1. Definition   The Literal meaning of Sawm is to restrain oneself from something. For example, Allaah tells us in the Quran that Maryam said, “…Verily! I have vowed a fast unto ar – Rahmaan [the Most Beneficent (Allaah)]….” [1]   The fast here means to be silent, that is, to abstain from speaking. Islamically, Sawm means […]

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