Fasting is not just abstaining from eating and drinking but includes guarding the tongue and not listening to lies, imams said during the Friday sermon.
“One should also guard one’s tongue from talking nonsense, backbiting or quarrelling, telling lies, making slanderous remarks and defaming others,” imams said.
Imams added, “One should also lower one’s gaze and refrain from committing forbidden acts and matters that prevent us from remembering Allah the Almighty.”
Imams also advised the ummah to refrain from deeds that may lessen rewards reaped from fasting. “The holy month of Ramadhan is eagerly-awaited by Muslims as it is full of benefits.
Multiple rewards await those performing pious acts. Hence, it is a fortune for those who take advantage of it and a great loss for those who waste it,” imams said.
Imams added, “Fasting is also a shield from the torments of hellfire and protects us from committing bad deeds. We must strive towards perfecting our fasting and pray that our fast is accepted and receive blessings and rewards from Allah the Almighty.”