O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous. (Al Quran 2:183/184)
The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comments:
The piety of some Muslims living in Iceland is telling them to keep the fast, even when it is as long as 22 hours, may be they can take it, but they are making Islam impractical for many others. What would their opinion be when the fast comes around in winter and then there is a two hour fast? Would that be a joke?
Can we be less literal in our reading of the Quran and understanding of Islam and follow the essence of the law and willing to explain the letter of the law, when the situation demands loud and clear?
It is time for the progressive scholars to lead the way and lay out a clear alternative for all the Muslims.