What is the significance of the Sawm for a Muslim in achieving salvation?
Have you ever fasted for purposes other than Ramadan?
Are there any underlying benefits to the fasting?
What began the tradition of fasting in Islam and how has it been maintained throughout time?
Is there any type of punishment for not fasting during Ramadan or other times?
Where in scripture does the Quran state fasting as necessary, and how does it explain how one should fast?
As Salaam Alaikum, Shallom, Peach to you Stephen!
Following are the answers to your 6 questions:
1)Please read the verses re-produced below
2)Yes, I did when I was ignorant of Koran, but not now
3)Yes, as one will know what is hunger and also experience the hunger all through the seasons
of the year in one's life time since Ramadan is observed based on moon calender. Further, it
allows our body system to over haul once in a year & scientifically proved that it's good for
4)Fasting was decreed on mankind during Prophet Abraham's times that is being followed by all the religions that believed/believes/accepted/accpeting in oneness of the Almighty and by
5)Please read the below verses (fasting for expiation)
6)All verses below makes fasting obligatory on every one who believe in oneness of the Almighty
The submitting men, the submitting women, the believing men, the believing women, the obedient men, the obedient women, the truthful men, the truthful women, the steadfast men, the steadfast women, the reverent men, the reverent women, the charitable men, the charitable women, the fasting men, the fasting women, the chaste men, the chaste women, and the men who commemorate God frequently, and the commemorating women; God has prepared for them forgiveness and a great recompense.
O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, as it was decreed for those before you, that you may attain salvation.
Specific days (are designated for fasting); if one is ill or traveling, an equal number of other days may be substituted. Those who can fast, but with great difficulty, may substitute feeding one poor person for each day of breaking the fast. If one volunteers (more righteous works), it is better. But fasting is the best for you, if you only knew.
Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. God wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify God for guiding you, and to express your appreciation.
Permitted for you is sexual intercourse with your wives during the nights of fasting. They are the keepers of your secrets, and you are the keepers of their secrets. God knew that you used to betray your souls, and He has redeemed you, and has pardoned you. Henceforth, you may have intercourse with them, seeking what God has permitted for you. You may eat and drink until the white thread of light becomes distinguishable from the dark thread of night at dawn. Then, you shall fast until sunset. Sexual intercourse is prohibited if you decide to retreat to the masjid (during the last ten days of Ramadan). These are God's laws; you shall not transgress them. God thus clarifies His revelations for the people, that they may attain salvation.
You shall observe the complete rites of Hajj and`Umrah for God. If you are prevented, you shall send an offering, and do not resume cutting your hair until your offering has reached its destination. If you are ill, or suffering a head injury (and you must cut your hair), you shall expiate by fasting, or giving to charity, or some other form of worship. During the normal Hajj, if you break the state of Ihraam (sanctity) between `Umrah and Hajj, you shall expiate by offering an animal sacrifice. If you cannot afford it, you shall fast three days during Hajj and seven when you return home - this completes ten - provided you do not live at the Sacred Masjid. You shall observe God, and know that God is strict in enforcing retribution.
No believer shall kill another believer, unless it is an accident. If one kills a believer by accident, he shall atone by freeing a believing slave, and paying a compensation to the victim's family, unless they forfeit such a compensation as a charity. If the victim belonged to people who are at war with you, though he was a believer, you shall atone by freeing a believing slave. If he belonged to people with whom you have signed a peace treaty, you shall pay the compensation in addition to freeing a believing slave. If you cannot find* a slave to free, you shall atone by fasting two consecutive months, in order to be redeemed by God. God is Knower, Most Wise.
May the Almighty of all universes/galaxies show mercy on us to forgive our sins and guide us
all to the right path in our lives.