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The Spirit of Fasting and Its Importance


The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) explained the virtue of fasting to his companion Hazrat Abu Imama (RA) and said: Fast because there can be no other action like this (Al-Nisai). Another hadith, which is unanimously approved, the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said that Allah Almighty said: “The reward for every good deed of man is increased ten to seventy times, but fasting is a different matter. It is purely for me and I will reward him. The servant gave up his desires and eating and drinking for my sake.” The fasting person has the good news of two joys; one is what he gets at the time of breaking the fast and the other will meet him on the day he meets his Lord.

The smell coming from the mouth of a fasting person is dearer to Allah than the smell of musk. When any one of you is fasting, he should abstain from all immorality, noise, and commotion. If someone insults him or starts arguing with him, he should reply, I am fasting.

Intercession on the Day of Judgment

The narration of Hazrat Abdullah bin Umru bin Al-Aas has been narrated by Imam Bayhaqi in his Sunan according to which both fasting and the Quran will intercede for the human on the Day of Judgment.

Every narrator of Kalima should think that fasting and the Quran will intercede for him and how good his position is and if they will bear witness against anyone, how unfortunate and deprived he will be. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said that fasting and the Quran will argue for you or against you. May Allah protect every narrator of Kalima from this misfortune that these two witnesses testify against him!

The Reward of Staying Up At Night for Ibadah

This hadith and many other hadiths also mention Qiyaam Al-Layl (Prayer at night) with fasting. Fasting in Ramadan is obligatory while staying up at night for Ibadah is a definite Sunnah. And according to some imams, it is included in the category of wajib.

The act of staying up at night for prayers was so pleasing to Allah according to the Holy Prophet that he feared that it would be obligatory on his Ummah and the thought passed that this should not become a hardship for his Ummah. However, this was not considered obligatory, but the reward of staying up at night on a prayer mat is equal to obligatory Ibadah.

Importance of Sehri in Fasting

According to the Quranic verse, fasting is obligatory in all nations. The Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Eat Sehri because it has great blessings (Ibn Maja).” This was also said by the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) that “Allah has mercy on those who eat Sehri and the angels pray for their forgiveness” (Reference: Musnad Ahmad). It is better to eat Sehri before dawn than at midnight because this was the practice of the Holy Prophet and his companions. The former nations that went astray had abandoned Sehri and then fasting became obsolete by them. It is a special mercy of Allah on the Muslim Ummah that despite the decline and ignorance of Islamic rules, the importance and arrangements of fasting are visible everywhere.

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