September 13th, 2007 02:19 EST
Fasting is not just abstaining from eating
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Fasting is not (just abstaining) from eating and drinking, but also from vain speech and foul language."
"Perhaps a fasting person will gain nothing from his fast save hunger, and perhaps the one who stands to pray at night will gain nothing from his standing except sleeplessness."
Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 132A
The Prophet also said: "Actions are judged (by God) according to the intention behind them, and everyone is (rewarded for) what he intended."
Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 113C
CAIR-OH: CINCINNATI MUSLIMS TO FEED THE NEEDY DURING RAMADAN - TOP
(CINCINNATI, OH, 9/12/2007) - On Thursday September 13, the Muslim community in Cincinnati and around the U.S. will begin the observance of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Cincinnati chapter and other local Muslim organizations will mark the fast in part by feeding the needy in the local community.
Mosques in Clifton and Over-the-Rhine will feed people daily at sundown during Ramadan. CAIR-Cincinnati and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati will hold a special event on September 23 near the Al As-hab Mosque on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine to distribute 450 hot meals to residents of the neighborhood.
"As more than one billion Muslims worldwide observe the fast of Ramadan, it is important for the American Muslim community to reach out to its neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," said CAIR-Ohio's Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. "We are pleased to be able to share some of what we have with our neighbors during this special month."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Zeinab Schwen, email@example.com