Quotable quotes on Ramadan fasting and Iftar

  • “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” – Holy Quran. 2:183
  • “Whoever did not give up lying and practicing falsehood, God is in no need of his giving up food and water”. – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • “Two-fold, I learned is the purpose of fasting. One has to abstain from food and drink in order to feel in one’s body what the poor and hungry feel. Thus, social responsibility is being hammered into religious consciousness as a religious postulate. The other purpose of fasting during Ramadan is self-discipline, an aspect of individual morality strongly accentuated in all Islamic teachings (as for instance in the total prohibition of all intoxicants which Islam regards as too easy avenue of escape from consciousness and responsibility). In these two elements – brotherhood of man and individual self discipline – began to discern the outlines of Islam’s ethical outlook.” – Muhammad Asad (formerly Leopold Weiss) in his 1954 book Road to Mecca
  • “A new international study investigating the correlation between the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – which begins next week – and stock markets has discovered that the average stock market returns in predominantly Muslim countries were historically almost nine times higher during Ramadan compared to other months of the lunar calendar. ….. It is also a time in which the social and family ties are strengthened.” – Fasting ‘Feelgood’ Factor: Holy Month of Ramadan Reduces Volatility in Markets, Research Finds. ScienceDaily. Aug. 10, 2010.
  • “Tonight, we are reminded that Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity. And Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America. The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan – making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.” – President Barack Obama at White House Iftar Dinner. August 13, 2010