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Does Fasting have a Collective Benefit?
Question:

Does fasting have a collective benefit?

هل للصوم فائدة اجتماعية؟

Answer:

Yes, it has its collective benefits, from them: The people feel that they are one Ummah, they (all) eat at the same time and they (all) fast at the same time. The rich realize the blessings of Allaah (upon them) and they sympathize towards the poor people. And, fasting minimizes the pitfalls (caused) by Shaytaan to Baaniż Adaam (son of Adaam). And, there is taqwaa (fear of Allaah) in fasting and taqwaa (fear of Allaah) strengthens the ties between the individual members of society.

نعم له فائدة اجتما عية منها: شعور الناس بأنهم أمة واحد، يأكلون في وقت واحد، ويصومون في وقت واحد، ويشعر الغني بنعمة الله، ويعطف على الفقير، ويقلل من مزالق الشيطان لابن آدم، وفيه تقوى الله ، وتقوى الله تُقَوِّى الأواصربين أفراد المجتمع

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fataawa as-Siyaam Shaykh Ibnu Uthaymeen, p24

فتاوى الصيم الشيخ ابن عثيمين، ص ٢٤

Translated by Umm Sufyaan
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