Perhaps, we should also add here a word of caution. It is the practice among some ill-informed Muslims that they encourage very young children to fast. In fact, some people have been so orthodox that deaths of young children have occurred in some families. This is not what God Almighty requires. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, the son of the Promised Messiah, recalls that the very first fast he kept was at the age of 12 to 13 years. At that time, he kept only one fast for the whole month. It appears from the practice of the Promised Messiah therefore that fasts should not be encouraged among children who have not reached their teens. By the age of 18 or 19 years, a Muslim boy or girl may be encouraged to fast for a whole month. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, then states that these age guidelines he had given should obviously be varied according to the pbysical growth of the child as a child may be 16 years of age, but physically it may be of an equivalent age of say a 14 year old. It is quite wrong to assume that forcing a young child, of say eight years of age, to fast will earn the parents any reward. On the contrary, it will invite God’s displeasure.