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Fasting as prescribed in Qur'an
Fasting was prescribed to the believers in the following verses of the Quran 
(2: 183-187); the English translation is by Abdullah Yusuf Ali:

2:183 O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to  those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,- 

2:184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a  journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those  who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is  indigent. But he that w ill give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him.  And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew. 

2:185 Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide  to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and  wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should  spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed  period (Should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you;  He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the  prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye  shall be grateful. 

2:186 When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I  listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also,  with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the  right way. 

2:187 Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your  wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. God knoweth what ye  used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so  now associate with them, and seek what God Hath ordained for you, and eat and  drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black  thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with  your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by)  God: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth God make clear His Signs to men: that  they may learn self-restraint.




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