by jawaid ahmed @, Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:34 (2135 days ago) @ Fadil

Thank you for your comments. I sometimes write without reflecting on what I have said or how it may be understood by others.

The Quran says eat and drink until you can distinguish the twin threads, then do Saum. This has traditionally been understood as not eating and drinking or having relations with spouses until sunset. Saum means abstinence from all vices etc, and as a means of training our minds to the instructions of the Quran. I also believe the physical aspect of the Quran to abstain from eating and drinking strengthens us as well.

What I was trying to say is that in order to do the all encompassing training programme of saum/abstinence, there is no need to drop the ‘traditional’ no eating or drinking part, which is being advocated by some, we can do both.

Salat is a no brainer for me. It is clearly not the traditional rituals performed in the namaaz but systems you set up that closely follow the Quran. Birds etc do it naturally by flying using their wings and the air, we do it by understanding and putting the Quran into practice; establishing salat.

I am still looking at the idiomatic meaning to ‘eat and drink’ etc and reflecting upon the verses.

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