These two treatises discuss and examine the various aspects of fasting and contribute to serving this great pillar of Islam, written by two eminent scholars of Islam; both from the blessed land of Syria. The first is by Shaykh ‘Abd-Allāh Sirāj al-Dīn from Aleppo, Syria, wherein the author examines the wisdom behind fasting: its obligation, etiquettes, requirements, benefits and virtues. It includes an interesting and lengthy discussion on the Night of Divine Decree (commonly referred to as the Night of Power), exploring its derivation, significance and virtues.
The second is by a contemporary scholar from Damascus, Shaykh Hishām Burhānī, and primarily deals with the legal aspects of fasting: its rules and regulations in accordance with the Hanafī school of Islamic jurisprudence. They serve as a means to providing the believer with indispensible knowledge of this pillar so that he may maximize in reaping the reward and benefit from the blessed month of Ramadan; in the words of the author Shaykh Hishām Burhānī, ‘Allah has not legislated for us this compulsory hunger every year for an entire month except that every individual should achieve the spiritual, health and social benefits which the legislation of fasting contains.’