Datuk Senator Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, member of the Muslim Council of Elders and Malaysia's former Minister of Islamic Affairs has indicated that fasting is an institution of sincerity since it is a secret between the servant and his Lord, something which is supported by the Qudsi hadith where the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said, “Every good deed of Adam's son is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward the fasting person for it.”
During the fourth episode of the 'Values of Humanity with the Elders' program which airs on the Muslim Council of Elders' social media channels during the holy month of Ramadan, Al-Bakri said, “Fasting serves many important goals such as enhancing faith, purifying souls, and altering conduct and values.”
Malaysia's former Minister of Islamic Affairs stressed that since fasting does not physically appear on humans through words or an actions but rather it is an intention in the heart and refraining from food and drink. Also, sincerity is based on true faith, its authority transcends all authorities and becomes a source of principle from which good deeds emanate. Almighty Allah who Decreed: (Even though they were only commanded to worship Allah alone with sincere devotion to Him in all uprightness, establish prayer, and pay charity. That is the upright Way.)
The Muslim Council of Elders’ social media pages will broadcast a total of 5 programs during the holy month of Ramadan which falls in line with the Council’s strategy to employ all avenues to promote the values dialogue, peace and coexistence. Programs include Al-Imam Al-Tayeb, Crescent of Coexistence, With the Elders, Youth Peacemakers and Think About Your Fasting.