A previous Ramadaan Message by: Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahimahullah):
Unrestricted indulgence in fulfilling the desires of one’s base or animal self has to be curbed for some time to give an upliftment to one’s spiritual self. The object of fasting as described in the Holy Qur’an is “so that you may guard against evil.”
Fasting in the auspicious month of Ramadaan, from dawn until sunset, in obedience to the command of Allah Ta’ala is a training whereby the Believer’s trait of God-Conscious is nurtured. Even though he may be in a place of total privacy and seclusion, on the hottest day of the year, he does not submit to the temptation of sipping even a few drops of water for he is convinced that he cannot evade the sight of the All-Observing Almighty. We are required to maintain the same ‘God-Consciousness’ throughout the entire spectrum of our lives—at home: in our relationship with parents, wife, children; in our business dealings, whilst travelling and even when alone—having full conviction that we can never evade the Sight and Knowledge of Allah Ta’ala.
Together with the observance of the rules (Masaa’il) governing fasting for its validity, there must also be an effort on purification of the heart from base qualities.
Source: E-mail “1st Ramadhan 1432” from the Fatwa Department, Jamiatul Ulama (KZN), Council of Muslim Theologians, Durban.