SHAFAQNA – “The fast of the head means casting out the lust for superiority, greatness and pride. The fasting of the ear means that one should abstain from listening to slander. The fasting of the tongue means that one should keep one’s tongue from uttering abuse or slander. The fasting of the heart means to keep the heart free from doubt.”
Fasting takes on many forms, and is not limited to the common understanding of just abstaining from food and drink. It is also a time for us to refrain from our negative thoughts and deeds, and pay closer attention to our actions.