Monday, October 11, 2010


It has been quite some time since I last shared something in this blog. I wanted so much to address this question during Ramadhan given that the timing is in the offing. Alas! Swamp! Nevertheless, better late than never. There has been a question gnawing away in my head ever since I read The Gospel According To Matthew in the bible.

" Moreover when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they may have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
(Matthew 6:16-18)

This is a story about how Jesus Christ went  from Nazareth to Galilee and preached to a great multitudes of human beings who followed him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and beyond the Jordan.

" And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 5:1-3)

It goes on until Matthew 7:27. If you have the King James Version Bible, you can see it clearly because Jesus's words are in red.

Also, consider this:
" Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry."
(Matthew 4:1-2)

The word here is fast  and my question is this:

If we Muslims have often been known as the anti-christ, why is it then that we practice fasting just as Jesus Christ did? Forget about the time period of fasting. The point is we fast which further proves that we are anything but the anti-christ. We believe in him and we are the devout follower of his preaching. He is after all one of our beloved prophet, the messenger of God.
Another question is:
Why don't the Christians practice fasting? If Jesus Christ is God, why aren't they following his preaching about fasting or his practice of fasting as mentioned in The Gospel According to Matthew? Unless you do practice fasting and we are not aware of that?
Something for all to ponder upon.