Pangs of Hunger while Fasting

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"The spirit as well as the secret of fasting is to weaken the flesh which is Satan's tool for turning men back to evil. Such weakening of the flesh is never achieved unless a person reduces his food to the amount of food which he would have eaten in the evening if he were not fasting."

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"Among the proprieties of fasting is that the person should not sleep much during the daytime but rather stay up so that he might feel the pangs of hunger and the flames of thirst and become conscious of the weakness of the flesh, with the result that his heart would be cleansed and purified."

-Taken from Ghazali's "Mysteries of Fasting" pp 27-28