Benefit: Does Fasting Have a Collective Benefit?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

The Question: Does fasting have a collective benefit?

The Answer: Na’am (Yes), it has its collective benefits, from them: The people feel that they are one Ummah, they (all) eat at the same time and they (all) fast at the same time. The rich realize the blessings of Allāh (upon them) and they sympathize towards the poor people. And, fasting minimizes the pitfalls (caused) by Shayṭān to Bānī Ādām (son of Adaam). And, there is taqwá (fear of Allāh) in fasting andtaqwá (fear of Allāh) strengthens the ties between the individual members of society.

[Fatāwá as-Siyaam Shaykh Ibnu Uthaymīn, p24]

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السؤال: هل للصوم فائدة اجتماعية؟

الجواب: نعم له فائدة اجتما عية منها: شعور الناس بأنهم أمة واحد،  يأكلون في وقت واحد، ويصومون في وقت واحد، ويشعر الغني بنعمة الله، ويعطف على الفقير، ويقلل من مزالق الشيطان لابن آدم، وفيه تقوى الله ، وتقوى الله تُقَوِّى الأواصربين أفراد المجتمع.

فتاوى الصيم الشيخ ابن عثيمين، ص ٢٤

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