Practicing Islam: Fasting and Quran


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1 Sahil Badruddin = " "Let us then study the duties of man, as the great majority interpret them, according to the verses of the Koran and the Traditions of the Prophet.... The healthy human body is the temple in which the flame of the Holy Spirit burns, and thus it deserves the respect of scrupulous cleanliness and personal hygiene. Prayer is a daily necessity, a direct communication of the spark with the universal flame. Reasonable fasting for a month in every year, provided a man's health is not impaired thereby, is an essential part of the body's discipline through which the body learns to renounce all impure desires.... Thus far I have described those tenets of Islam which are professed and held in common by all Muslims of any and every sect or subsect." Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III's autobiography: 'The Memoirs of Aga Khan III -- World Enough and Time', Chapter 2: Islam, The Religion of My Ancestors, 1954 "