Fasting as a Religious Practice: Ramadan in Islam and Fasting in Jainism

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Fasting as a Religious Practice: Ramadan in Islam and Fasting in Jainism

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(Name)(Professor)Religion and Theology(Date)Fasting as a Religious Practice: Ramadan in Islam and Fasting in JainismIntroductionDifferent religious practices have different ways of appreciating their spiritual values. In order to achieve spiritual nourishment and personal progress, believers from various parts of the world associate themselves with religious groupings which they feel best suits them. The sacrifices that come with religion have seen the world become a better place or sometimes a chaotic place, depending on the practices of different religious groupings (e.g. Jihad). Fasting is a practice that has been there since time immemorial. In most cases, fasting is considered as the highest level of spiritual nourishment. This paper seeks to analyze the theological dimensions of Ramadan in Islam as well as fasting in Jainism.Ramadan in IslamThe holy month of Ramadan plays a significant role in the lives of all Muslims. Ramadan is coined from an Arabic word implying intense heat, scorched ground and limited rations. Ramadan falls in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims consider it the most holy month of the year. The significance of this month is associated with calling of Mohammed to receive revelations from Allah which saw the emergence of the Koran. Similarly, it was during this month that Muslims on March 17, 624 CE became victorious in the Badr battle against the Quraish in Mecca who were non-believers. Muslims believe the victory came as a re

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