The Fast of the Elite
“The fast of the ordinary people is abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.
The fast of the elite is keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet — and all other organs — free from sin.
The fast of the elite of the elite is the fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but Allah, Great and Glorious is He. This kind of fast is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are not of this lower world.”
|—||Imām Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī|