FASTING IS DECREED
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Blessed are those who do ‘hunger and thirst’ after righteousness, and ‘delight to know’ My Ways — for you shall be ‘richly rewarded’ in Heaven! Believers, you shall not fast, as you do this day. Behold, in the day of ‘your fast’ you find pleasure, and you fast for strife and debate. You see not, and you take no knowledge! Is it such a fast I have chosen, to make your voice to be ‘heard on high?’ A day for a man to ‘afflict his soul?’ Is it to ‘bow his head’ like a bulrush, with his soul unquenched? ….. No!
Do you see ‘this Shepherd’ saying to you: “This is the way, walk in it?”….. He is ‘My Shepherd’ whose ‘right hand’ I have ‘grasped’ — to ‘loose’ the bands of wickedness, to ‘undo’ the heavy burdens, and ‘to let’ the oppressed go free! He has ‘showed you’ O man, what is good, as in the days of old! Eat your bread ‘with quaking’ and drink your water ‘with trembling and fearfulness!’ Is not ‘this the fast’ I have chosen?
‘Hear My Elect’ — you, who keep My commandments and precepts! Remove from you all doubting and put on faith. And ‘you shall stand’ before Me! Do not let your sins ‘pull you down!’ Look now ‘toward heaven’ — here I am above all! This is ‘the way’ and truly you shall not be put to shame, or confounded to eternity! You shall be happy, and whosoever when they hear these things and shall do them — they shall also be happy!