Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl explains why fasting for Ramadan is much more than simply learning to empathize with those who have less than us during this holy month. He reminds us that we are not simply animals that consume, but we have a covenant of action and purpose with God on this earth. He elaborates on the Qur'anic verse that tells us we are poor and in need of God, but how this is easily forgotten when our stomachs are full and our needs are met. In fact, those who have the most in this life are the most easily vulnerable to the temptations before us and the most prone to forgetfulness towards the Divine. He points out that God promises to be with us as we develop through the "school of fasting" that is Ramadan. Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California, 17 May 2019.