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Fasting in Different Religions

Y.A. Revisit Series II
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Atiqah Lee

on 24 April 2010

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Transcript of Fasting in Different Religions

Buddhism Hinduism 1. to abstain from food
2. to eat sparingly or abstain from some food -meriam-webster dictionary- Definition Fasting i.e. none of such for the period Why? “Hai orang-orang yang beriman, diwajibkan atas kamu puasa sebagaimana diwajibkan atas orang-orang sebelum kamu agar kamu bertakwa.........”
(al-Baqarah: 183-185)
ONE OF THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM When? Three days in every month Six days in the month of Syawal Islam Ramadan for those who are not
performing pilgrimage Hari 'arafah monday, thursday and
monday of the next week Why? Something good, profitable and beneficial [The Book of Acts]
Fasting and prayers are often linked together
not a way to appear more spiritual than others
to be done in a spirit of humility and joyful attitude Christianity When? no particular day, unlike Islam What is considered a fast? E.G. anything given up temporarily in order to focus his attention on God => reminds worshippers of God's sacrifices worshippers may choose one thing to fast from Why? part of all Hindu spiritual practices
performed under the general concept of vrata or vow
seeking the grace and blessing of a particular divinity toward a particular wish or desire
people who experience remorse or repentance in connection with a sin they have committed. => to be relieved from the karmic consequences of their sin.
achieve property, popularity, wealth, or health
only food grown underground
and dairy products When? on special occasions and festivals Eleventh day of each half of the lunar month (ekādaśī) days of the week Why? When? achieve and practise self-control
not religious fads as skeptics believe but are rooted in moral and psychological insight
The Buddha advised monks not to eat solids after noon.
can be aware of the less fortunate and give them alms.
similar to Christianity, there are no specific days
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