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The awakened seeker must give up the illusion of seeing actions as coming from other than Allah so that by this realization he may arrive at the station of the Unity of Action. Then he must go past the illusion of seeing Attributes other than those of Allah. That is the station of the Unity of Attributes. Finally, he must go past the veil of ‘independent’ entities or events – in Truth, there is no Reality except the One Reality, Allah. That is the station of the Unity of Essence, which is the goal of the Path, and indeed, the goal of existence itself.

Read more: The awakend seeker (Fasting series 6 of 7)

Inner abstentions are five:

The First Abstention refers to restraining the mind from being occupied with base or worldly concerns. The mind is where reasoning and intellect are developed for interaction with the world. When used properly they lead to rational and good understanding. The Prophet has taught that the contemplation of one hour is better than the actions of seventy years.

Read more: Inner abstentions (Fasting series 5 of 7)

Abstention of the Tongue: This concerns useless, foolish, or discourteous speech, as well as anything which would be contrary to what pleases Allah. The Prophet said:~ Whoever is silent is saved.

~ When the discussion reaches Allah, then be silent.

~ Whoever knows his Lord, his tongue becomes still.

Read more: Outward abstentions (Fasting series 4 of 7)

The fast is to refrain from specific things during certain specified intervals of time. Among its stipulations is the soundness of the intention covering a specific time period, for example, the month of Ramadan, or for the purpose of fulfilling an oath (nadhar). The intention which specifies the type of fast must also be made at the time when it is begun.

Read more: Meaning and Benefits of Fasting (Fasting series 3 of 7)

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