by amirabbas, Iran, Thursday, July 25, 2013, 16:03 (2126 days ago) @ Damon

Dear brother,

First of all, the majority of the so-called Muslims (with a minority of them that actually abstain from drinking and eating), are not aware of the Qur'an! So we cannot expect them to adopt themselves to a Qur'anic frame by practicing abstinence in this period of time! For them, not eating and drinking is a mere worship that, according to hadiths, will bring them rewards and erase their sins!

Please consider that, a Qur'anic order is for those who already study the Qur'an and try to understand it and respect every other order in it! Not for those who blindly follow Mullahs, their desires, their Imams, forefathers, and etc. etc.!

Secondly, i believe the direct command for NOT eating and drinking would be out of place since it will actually turn the program into a mere ritual of not drinking and eating ONLY!

The purpose of this program is to become righteous and powerful[لعلكم تتقون], and to develop a stronger character when one has already attained a good knowledge of the Qur'an. For instance, i am aware of a certain weakness in my character, so, this abstinence program is a good opportunity for me to focus on that weakness and try to absolve it. But, in order for me to become serious about it, i first have to abstain from drinking and eating. We may conclude that not eating and drinking, abstinence from sex or other worldly desires, is a pre-requisite for embarking on a higher purpose/mission which is building a stronger character according to the Qur'an.

In ancient times, too, some people rejected their comforts in order to attain higher goals. My point is that, we always need the physical training for character building. A man good in theory, cannot be a good performer unless one begins to really challenge himself in order to see their true merit!

In my opinion, it's not fair to reject the physical training here only because some N2I folks are ignorant and not aware of the Qur'an. They will always be that way unless they change themselves and study the Qur'an!

I wish you can offer a better practice for this period! I gave up reading Namaz because i found a better argument and could accept it with heart. But regarding what you are suggesting, i am in doubt; and perhaps i need to study more and wait more!

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