The Most Extreme Faster Teaches us the Principles of Fasting that God Accepts.
Today there was a fastathon at UM Dearborn sponsored by the Muslim Student Association. But it isn't Ramadan, it's Lent. "Why do only the Muslims host fastathons?" I wondered. Anyway, last week my young friend Emad was signing other students and staff up for the event and we had this conversation. When Jesus was about 30 Jesus went into the desert to fast for 40 day. At the end Satan presented Jesus with three strong temptations to get him to compromise his mission and his faithfulness to God. Apparently Satan had only one premise which he used all three times. It's recorded in the narratives as follows: "If you are the Son of God..." (Gospels according to Apostle Matthew 4:3, 6 and the historian Luke 4:3, 9, New Testament, Injeel). Unfortunately, these narratives are not contained in the Qur'an. My inquiry here is, Why did Satan use this particular premise to tempt Jesus? Where would he have gotten that notion?
The first temptation the devil presented to Jesus is revealed to us here: https://www.esv.org/Matthew+4/ (vv. 3-4)
Just a stone, with a suggestion to make it bread. But what's so bad about that? Was it merely that to eat bread would break the Messiah's fast (and his record)? No, it was bad because of who offered it and with what pretense. It was offered by Evil personified as a test of Jesus's resolve--to use his innate power for his own gratification or not. But the Lord did not succumb. Rather, he thwarted the devil by quoting holy scripture from the Tawrat (Old Testament, Holy Bible).