This is the opening session of a Weekend Retreat, a study of Book 6 of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences).
Allah the Exalted says, O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you1—so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺. [Quran 2:182] And the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allah the Exalted said, “Every good deed is rewarded a multiple of ten to seven-hundred times, except for fasting, for it is Mine, and I grant its reward.” [Bukhari and Muslim] He also said ﷺ, “Paradise has a gate called ‘Rayyān.’ None enter it except those who fast.”
In Imam al-Ghazali’s book on Fasting, he informs us of the obligations of Fasting, the inner dimension and degrees of the fast, and the merit of fasting the recommended days outside of Ramadan.
· Understanding the importance of Fasting
· Learning the fundamental rulings of Fasting, its Sunnas, and what nullifies the Fast
· Learning the inner dimension of Fasting and its degrees
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