“And Jesus said to them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn so long as the bridegroom is with them? But days will come when the bridegroom will have been taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:15)
In the Word of God, fasting is always linked to times of mourning and great need, because fasting is practically an intensive prayer by humbling oneself before God. In Leviticus 16:29, the children of Israel are commanded to humble or afflict themselves in preparation for the atonement for the forgiveness of their sins; they had to mourn over their sins and humble themselves, so they had to fast. When a pagan king made a decree that threatened the life of the Jews, the whole people started to mourn and to fast (cf. Esther 4:1-4). And when Esther the queen would enter to the king to intercede for her people, — and that was dangerous — she asked all Jews to fast for her (cf. Esther 4:16), because there was a great danger and need and cause of mourning. When his son was sick and about to die, David humbled himself and he fasted (cf. 2 Samuel 12:16-23). But when there was no more hope for the child to live, but David knew his spirit went back to God (which is a matter of joy and comfort for a godly man), there was no more need for fasting, because fasting is not a hopeless prayer or the expression of happiness for the rest of a loved one, but it is an act of mourning with the hope of comfort received as an answer to prayer. In many other places, fasting is always linked to mourning and/or intensive prayer for a great need or for repentance. But we should not mourn to look righteous to men (and this happens when we fast in a time when there is no cause of mourning), but we should fast to seek God’s Grace and His Righteousness and Mercy alone in a time of mourning and danger and great need, because otherwise we’re hypocrite Pharisees; therefore the Lord told us not to look sad to men on the outside when we are mourning and fasting: “And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, downcast in countenance; for they disfigure their faces, so that they may appear fasting to men: verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, [when] fasting, anoint thy head and wash thy face, so that thou mayest not appear fasting unto men, but to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret shall render [it] to thee.” (Matthew 6:16-18)
As fasting is linked to mourning and great need, so how can those who are in intensive joy and happiness fast? That will lead them to hypocrisy and legalism, as the Pharisees used to do. The Pharisee would stand for prayer and tell God how much he does not need Him, as he performs all righteousness in his own eyes and fasts twice a week (see Luke 18:11-12)… Therefore the Lord said in the text quoted above that the children of a wedding cannot mourn or fast, because it would be hypocrite if they did; and that was an answer to the Pharisaic fasting which was hypocrite.
Now, Ramadan is for Muslims a month of great happiness and rejoicing… It is in this month that they believe the Qur’an began to be given to Muhammad, so it is in this month that they believe the light or the Word of God (according to them) came to humanity. It is like Christmas for Christians, when we celebrate the coming of the true Light, the true Word of God, Jesus Christ. Christians do not fast on Christmas, because we cannot mourn when we are happy; that’s contradictory and hypocrite… So how can a Muslim fast in Ramadan without hypocrisy when he is rejoicing and he’s not mourning?… How can the poor Muslim reconcile between his happiness and the fact that he has to fast?… Could it be that this is the reason why they eat more in Ramadan than in all months of the year? Because normally in times of happiness one feasts and does not fast… For a Muslim, Ramadan is normally a time to feast and not a time to fast…
Thank the Lord for His truth revealed in the Bible that enlightens us concerning these things and leads our feet in the way of true righteousness and keeps our hearts from the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy…
Whoever has ears, let him hear what was said in love.
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