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|Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. As a Muslim convert and smoker, I find it difficult if not impossible to fast. I have been through five Ramadans and haven't successfully fasted a single one. I feel that I am getting too far behind to make up the fasts and I don't know how well I will do in this coming one. I find the fasting is not as difficult as quitting smoking. I don't know what I can do. I am finding that Islam is not an easy religion as we believe it is, or maybe it is just me. Jazakum Allah khayran.|
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear brother in Islam, first of all, we’d like to commend you for your interest and concern to practice Islam. In your last sentence you sound rather desperate. But if you are sincere in your intention to please Allah and ask Him for His help, He will make things easier for you.
Fasting is primarily an institution for spiritual discipline and self-control. It has been ordained as a religious duty for the Muslims to subdue their desires and keep their appetites well within reasonable bounds so that man may not become their slave and lose control over himself. Therefore, it is a precious opportunity for a Muslim to give up bad habits and acts.
In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
Allah Almighty knows best.
Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: www.islam.ca