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What drives us to the point of no return?

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Times of India, ST | June 22, 2020

The World Health Organization says, suicide has become the second most common cause of death among young people worldwide. In order to create awareness on mental health and tackle the issue of suicide, WHO had developed a Mental Health Action Plan 2013-20, which was adopted by the 66th World Health Assembly.

Why Do We Fast During The Holy Month?

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 23, 2020

Fasting is an exercise in self-discipline. During the month of Ramzan, the believer abstains from food and drink in the daytime of his own free will. It is only after sunset that he satisfies his hunger and quenches his thirst. In this way, he builds up his self-control. By practising restraint for one month in a year, he is able to lead a life of self-discipline in all matters for the rest of the year.

A Truly Human Brotherhood

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 20, 2020

1. A Truly Human Brotherhood

Fasting produces an atmosphere of generosity, well-wishing and compassion—an atmosphere in which people’s needs in society may be happily fulfilled. It is a means by which society may be turned into a truly human brotherhood.

2. Life of a Believer

FASTING: A CULTURE OF THANKSGIVING AND SELF-CONTROL

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 17, 2020

According to Islamic teachings, the month of Ramadan is the month of fasting. Fasting means abstaining from food and water from dawn till sunset. Everything that you enjoy in this world is a blessing of God. Food and water symbolize this divine blessing. So is the case with all other blessings like sunlight, oxygen, air, etc.

Practise Itikaf In The Month Of Ramzan

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 12, 2020

Itikaf is a very special practice, marking the closure of the blessed month of Ramzan. Observers of this practice are required to stay in a mosque for ten days or less, during the last ten days of Ramzan. Abu Hurairah reported: The Prophet used to observe itikaf every year (during Ramzan) for ten days; in the year in which he passed away, he observed itikaf for twenty days.

Fasting Symbolizes Sacrifice for God

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 12, 2020

1. Fasting Symbolizes Sacrifice for God

The outward form of fasting is to abstain from food and water. This abstinence symbolizes the fact that man is at God’s disposal, and should be willing, always, to sacrifice anything for His sake, even relinquishing such basic necessities as food and water.

2. Human Aspect of Fasting

Ramadan is a month in which people are helped and shown compassion. This is the human

Goal of Fasting

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 10, 2020

1. Goal of Fasting

The goal of fasting is to develop in man the ability to lead his life bound by restrictions, rather than lead a totally unfettered life.

2. Significance of Fasting

There is much more to fasting than the caution and gratitude induced by the purely outward, physical forms of abstention. It’s greater significance lies in its symbolism of an inner, spiritual eagerness to make all kinds of sacrifices.

FASTING AND SELF-PURIFICATION

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 02, 2020

Fasting is an exercise in self-discipline. During the month of Ramadan, the believer abstains from food and drink in the daytime of his own free will. It is only after sunset that he satisfies his hunger and quenches his thirst. In this way, he builds up his self-control. By practicing restraint for one month in a year, he is able to lead a life of self-discipline in all matters for the rest of the year.

Ramadan is a Culture of Purification

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 08, 2020

1. Ramadan is a Culture of Purification

Ramadan entails much more than fasting; it is the fostering of a culture of abstinence aimed at purification of thought, speech and general behaviour.

2. Fasting Means Directing One’s Heart to God