The month of Ramadan is the month in which hell gates are closed and devils are chained, it’s the month of good deeds and multiplied rewards.
The prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari)
Also, it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and with the hope of (Allah’s) reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Reported by al-Bukhaari, Fath, no. 37.]
Now let’s learn about the virtues of fasting in Ramadan and why is it important, let’s get started.
What are the virtues of Fasting in Ramadan?
There are many Virtues of fasting in Ramadan, here are some of them from the Quran and Sunnah:
Hadith about fasting in Ramadan.
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it, there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” [Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.]
The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “At every breaking of the fast, Allah has people whom He redeems.” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 987.]
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “In Paradise, there are rooms whose outside can be seen from the inside and the inside can be seen from the outside. Allah has prepared them for those who feed the poor, those who are gentle in speech, those who fast regularly, and those who pray at night when people are asleep.”
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) also said “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, he will have the reward equal to his (the fasting person), without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” [Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 3/171; Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/451.]
What are the virtues of Fasting in Ramadan in the Quran?
Allah said in the Holy Quran:
“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious” [Al-Baqarah: 183].
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Surah Baqarah Ayah 185]
” Such are the repentant, the worshipful, the praise-giving; al-sāiḥūna, who bow to Him alone and who bow their faces down to the ground in Prayer to Him; those who enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and who diligently observe the ordained limits of God. So give glad tidings to the believers of everlasting delight in Paradise”. (Quran 09:112)
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Why fasting in Islam?
Fasting in Ramadan is essential for all Muslims, but why? Here’s why:
Fasting Ramadan is Obligatory.
Allah said in the Holy Quran:
“So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it” [Surah Baqarah Ayah 185]
Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory for every capable Muslim.
It was narrated that Abu Umamah (R.A.) said: ‘I said: O Messenger of Allah, “Which deed is best?”. He (S.A.W.) said: “Take to fasting, for there is nothing equal to it.”‘ (An-Nasai: 2224)
From this hadith, we can see that fasting is a good deed that brings many rewards and benefits to us, that it’s considered the best.
The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
“Perhaps a person fasting will receive nothing from his fasting except hunger and thirst.” (Ibn Majah: 1690)
To get the best out of fasting you should make your intention, stay away from anything that is forbidden, and try to do only good deeds.
It’s important to understand that fasting is obligatory for all capable Muslims, and Allah ordered us to fast in the holy Quran.
“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:183)
Fasting is our way to attain Taqwa and soften the heart.
Thus, Allah teaches us that Fasting is an obligation (one of the five pillars of Islam) and a means to attain
The reward for Fasting is vast
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: ‘Allah said, “All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it…. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.’ (Sahih Bukhari: 1904)
Also, Sahl Ibn Saad (R.A.) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
” There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry, the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.” (Sahih Bukhari: 1896)
Fasting will save us on the day of judgment.
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon) said:
“Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of food and desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say, ‘O Lord I deprived him of his sleep at night, so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will both intercede for him.” [Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tabaraani, and al-Haakim]
Fasting is our key to stopping committing sins and turning to Allah. it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon) said: “Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire (Hell) and from committing sins” (Sahih Bukhari: 1904)
Allah will protect the one who fast from hellfire and save the person from following his life desires.
Abu Saeed Al-Khudri narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon) said:
‘I heard the Prophet (S.A.W.) saying, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.”’
Abu Huryirah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessing be upon) said:
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”
Muadh bin Jabal said: ‘I said: “O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an act which will take me into Paradise and keep me away from Hell-Fire.” He said: “You have asked me about a major matter, yet it is easy for him for whom Allah Almighty makes it easy. You should fast in Ramadan.” Then He (S.A.W.) said: “Shall I not show you the gates of goodness? Fasting is a shield.”’ (Tirmidhi: 2616)
Fasting grant us forgiveness.
The prophet (peace and blessing be upon) said: “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Bukhari: 38)
Allah grants the supplication of the fasting person.
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon) said:
“There are three whose supplications are not turned back: a fasting person until he breaks his fast.”
Amr ibn Murrah Al-Juhani (R.A.) said: ‘A man from Qudah came to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! What do you think if I testify that there is no god except Allah and that you, Mohammad, is His Messenger, and I pray the five daily prayers, fast in the month (of Ramadan), pray at night in Ramadan and pay Zakat?” The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: “Whoever dies on that will be among the ‘Siddiqeen’ (those who tell the truth) and the martyrs. ” (Sahih Ibn Hibbaan)
What’s fasting in Islam?
Fasting in Islam is the act of abstaining from eating, and drinking, a person should do only good deeds and abstain from following his desires.
Is fasting during Ramadan healthy?
Yes, fasting during Ramadan is healthy for our bodies and mind.
What breaks fasting in Ramadan? “Ramadan fasting rules”
Here are the actions that you can’t do during fasting:
1- Don’t eat or drink during fasting.
Allah says in the holy Quran: “And eat and drink until the white of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then resume the fast till nightfall.”
2- Sexual intercourse.
Sexual intercourse is not allowed during fasting, and it invalidates it.
3- Deliberate vomiting.
Intentionally throwing up invalidates once fasting, but if it was unintentional, then continue your fasting.
The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “Whoever throws up unintentionally need not compensate for his fast, but the one who throws up deliberately must repeat his fast.”
4- Having the intention to break the fast.
If you have the intention to break your fast it will break your fast, because it is all about your intention, even if you continued your fasting, it will not be valid. Read more about the 5 Favorite Things About Ramadan in Egypt!
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