fasting – not just leaving food and drink

In preparation for Ramadan, I was re-listening to Imam Zaid’s excellent 19 part series on the Blessings of Ramadan.  In the third part, he relates to us this hadith from bukhari:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

Remember, dear sisters and brothers, that fasting is more than just abstaining food, drink and sexual relations.  It is about perfection of good character.  Why should we leave what is lawful for us, and then indulge in the haram?  Watch your character and your tongue, lest you get nothing from your fast but hunger and thirst.

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