September 1, 2008 10:01pm CST
The month of Fasting has begin in my country and today is the 1st day of fasting. Do you have the concept of fasting, if so how do you practice it? I know that some religion other than Islam also have the concept but what are the details I am really intersted in it.
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• United States
11 Sep 08
Hello Mash, I am a Baha'i. We also fast for a month in my Faith. Our fast is at a different time of year. It is in march and it is to celebrate the start of the new year (which begins the day after the fast ends in our calendar). Our months are 19 days long. We do not eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset on those 19 days. Then on the last day we celebrate with a large gathering and feast at sundown. During the fast there are special prayers which we say, acknowledging that the fast is for God and that we are obedient to Him. These prayers are said in addition to the obligatory prayers that are said every day of the year. The purpose of the fast is to renew our focus on God for the start of the year and to purify ourselves of earthly desires. It is also a symbol of how we often starve ourselves spriritually. I look forward to the fast each year. It is such a wonderful bounty to grow closer to our Creator.
12 Sep 08
Instead of 19 we have 30 days calender. Yea its a month to revive ourselve, it gives a spritual power, it takes us closer to the God and it gives a sense of realization also that what is hunger and one who doesn't have enough to eat properly needs our attention.
• United States
14 Sep 08
i have never fasted as part of my religious background. however, i once fasted for 30 days. i drank only liquids. that is: juice, coffee, tea with honey, pepsi. i was only "hungry" for the first 3 days. after that, i drank liquids to keep my strength and energy up. but, did not experience what i call hunger pangs. i visited an oriental physician. he was a suffiest (sp) and a board certified physician, too.