Fasting is not just for Ramadan…

 

Abu Sa’id Khudri relates that the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

“When a servant of Allah observes the fast for a day for the sake of Allah, He thereby repels the Fire from him a distance of seventy years of journeying”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Patience is of three types:

Persevering with respect to continually performing the acts of whorship, persevering with respect to refraining from what Allah has prophibited and remaining under control during times of hardship and difficulties. All three of these types are being tested and strengthened through the practice of fasting. While fasting, one adheres to what Allah has obligated, refrains from what he has forbidden of food and drink and also remains patient in the face of the hunger and thirst that he is experiencing.

Abdul rahmaan ibn Rajab, Lataaif al-Maarif.

Sulaiman Nadwi also wrote:

The starvation and hunger of fasting cools down our hot and excitable bodies, we are freed of the activities of eating and drinking… our hearts and brains are safe from the toxic matters otherwise produced by a full stomach. As a result a kind of peace and tranquility is produced in our feelings and emotions. This condition of having free time, moderation in our physical activities, peace of heart, mind and emotions is very appropriate to thinking and deliberation, taking stock of our actions, regretting on wrongdoings, and producing an environment for instilling in us fear of our accountability to Allah.

Worship in Islam, by Sulaiman Nadwi

Sa’ad ibn Sahl relates that the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

“There is a gate of Paradise called Rayyan through which only those will enter on the Day of Judgment who are regular in observing the fast and no one else. A call will go forth: Where are those who observed the fast regularly? And they will step forth and no one beside them will enter through that gate. After they shall have entered, the gate will be closed and no one else will enter thereby”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

اللهم اجعلنا منهم يا رب العلمين

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