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August 23rd, 2010

All-Knowing Allah and the Fast during Ramadhan

The Qur’an claims to be true and clear. It came from the all-knowing Allah and it contains instructions on Muslim practices, among others, fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan. If Allah’s message is clear and true, should there be room for confusion among Muslims? Let us see. Allah said in Suratul Al-Baqara, 2:183—185, 187:

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

Verse 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 will 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.

Verse 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. Allah 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.

Verse 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. Allah 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 Allah 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) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.

I asked a Muslim how the all-knowing Allah gave a decree to fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadhan while it was and is still the case in some parts of the world the sun does not rise and set during certain winter and summer months respectively? I gave him an example of Muslims in Barrow, Alaska, who cannot observe the fast right now because the sun sets and rises before they can break the fast, pray and eat iftar (the evening meal after maghrib prayer), then the sun rises again, and does not set for another 22.5 hours. Since the Qur’an and also Prophet Muhammad claims in the Hadith Allah is all knowing and almighty, if he actually knew places like Alaska when he decreed fast during Ramadhan.

Omar likes to discuss Islam with Christians. Here is his response:

You are like 30-40 for god’s sake and you still act like a child. If your wife read the things you said, she would have divorced you for being soooooo stupid about common knowledge [sic]. PEOPLE IN ALASKA HAVE TV’s AND CALENDARS.

Omar seems oblivious to the fact austere Islam bans television. Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Taliban in Afghanistan are prime examples. Why should Muslims turn to TVs and calendars for help when Allah clearly determined that during Ramadhan the day should be for FAST and the night for FEAST? Modern Muslim scholars have issued fatwa that allows Muslims in places like Barrow, Alaska, to observe Ramadhan according to the time in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why was this necessary when Allah’s message, the Qur’an, claims to be CLEAR and TRUE? Was he even God who should have known His creation?