The question is, how does fasting connect Muslims with piety and self reformation? Have years and years of fasting in the past brought any sweet results for them. Did it vanish sectarian strife, deep animosity, deceit, greed, lust, corruptions, etc,. Could we say that the regimen conclusively humiliates lower instincts on its own? Do Muslim nations excel with other world nations because of fasting?
Or, does it indicate that there is something missing in the basics of fasting? And it needs critical mind to comprehend the philosophy of fasting and that it promises.
Lacking such understanding, fasting is narrowly a goal of ritual in itself, not a means to connect with God consciousness. That reduces fasting to the fasting of stomach. It is stomach that gets prime attention during Ramadan with varieties of good food at dusk. Invitation to Iftar parties adds further delight to culinary seduction.
Essentially, the missing link in fasting is fasting of heart and mind that dwells all worldly instincts. It is through diligent deployment of heart and mind alongside abstaining from food and drink that fasting achieves the goals of positive self reformation and sweetness of life. Fasting of stomach but without inviting heart and mind in the regimen doesn’t bring salutary impact, as result says.