Section : Fasting (As-siyam).As-Siyam generally means "to abstain from something." For example, a verse in the Qur'an says: "I have vowed to the Merciful to abstain - that is, from speaking.What is meant here is abstaining from food, drink, and sexual intercourse from dawn until sunset with the explicit intention of doing so (for the … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 3, Zakaat and Fasting, Fiqh 3.107.
Section : The Virtues of Fasting.Abu Hurairah reported the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, saying: "Allah said: 'Every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me. I give the reward for it.' The fast is a shield. If one is fasting, he should not … Continue reading Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 3, Zakaat and Fasting, Fiqh 3.107A.
Section : Types of Fasting.There are two types of fasting: obligatory and voluntary. Obligatory can be further subdivided into the fast of Ramadan, the fast of expiation and the fast of fulfilling a vow. Here we shall discuss the Ramadan and voluntary fasts.