FASTING IS BETTER

12 Jun
أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ ۚ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۚ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ ۖ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ ۚ وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] – then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] – a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him. But if you fast it is better for you, if you only knew (2:184)

  • The expected here is if they fast it is better for them, since the previous sentences are in the third person.
  • Why did it abruptly transition from third to second person?
  • Firstly, if Allah SWT said if they fast it is better for them, it would give the unintended meaning that if the sick and the traveler fast it is superior.
  • Secondly, it makes the meaning more generalized: fasting is better for you in all states — whether it is Ramadan or outside of Ramadan.
  • Reflect over how amazing this small change is and how deep the meaning conveyed in it is.
  • Hence this perfect speech can only come from a perfect being.

 

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