Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why Muslims Fast?

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by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Certain truths are by nature evident and need not be discussed in normal circumstances.

But, in a day and age when the most evident truths are shrouded by the clouds of doubt and questioned, one is forced to discuss even the most obvious of them.

One such truth is the necessity for an ascetic element in human life. Without an element of self-denial and asceticism no religion and therefore no human culture is possible.