All this means that fasting predominently requires the control of the mouth. When it comes to speaking, the prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him told us that sometimes a person may say a word heedlessly that it may cast him into hell for seventy autumns. Words are very important and it is very important to choose our words carefully and wisely. Some people have suffered greatly in this world for ill-chosen words.
The other part of our body that we must control is the private part, the prophet peace and blessings upon him said if you guarantee me two things, your mouth and your private parts, (that you do not misuse them), then I will guarantee you paradise, or Heaven.
This is the month that trains us to control these things very well. It is the month that strengthens our soul so that it can over come the needs of the flesh. This is the wonderful month of Ramadan.
Hajj Farouk Kassar, Ilham Hafez (2me), Akram Mughawesh and guests
Some of the official guests.
His Excellency Tammam Sulaiman, the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic
Keysar Trad addressing the guests.