Ramadan selections (7): The gravest fault committed while fasting

2021-04-19

The gravest fault committed while observing Siyaam

(The prophet PBUH said: "There are people who fast and get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst")

[Al-Hakim in Mustadrak and Ibn Khuzaimah in Sahih]

When we comprehend Siyaam as leaving food and drink only, this is the gravest misunderstanding of the essence of Siyaam, because it is the narrowest meaning of Siyaam, while the real observance of Siyaam is refraining from backbiting, slandering others, gazing at women's beauty, listening to songs, being in places that displease Allah, saying dirty jokes and befriending people with whom Allah is not pleased.