Fasting in the Light of Ahadith

“Every person has a zakaat (to pay) and the zakaat of the body is fasting”, thus spoke the Prophet of Mercy (S.A.W). Here are more ahadith on FASTING :

Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “Allah Ta’Ala has ordained fasting in Ramadhan compulsory, and I have decreed (by the command of Allah) wakefulness at night (i.e. Taraweeh, etc.) Sunnat. Whoever in the state of Imaan and the belief of thawaab fasts in Ramadhan and stays awake at night (i.e. for taraweeh), emerges from sin, purified as the day when his mother gave birth to him.” (Nisai).

Hadhrat Abu bin Umar (RA) narrates that Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “Fasting and the Quran will intercede on behalf of one on the Day of Qiyaamah. The Fast will proclaim: ‘O Allah! I prevented him from eating at carnal desire. Therefore for my sake accept my intercession on his behalf.’ The Quran will proclaim: ‘I prevented him from sleep. Therefore accept my intercession on his behalf.’ The intercession of both will be accepted.” (Ahmad, Tibrani, Hakim).

Hadhrat Ibn Umar (RA) narrates, in a lengthy hadith, that Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “Fasting is exlusively for Allah Ta’ala. The thawaab of it (being limitless) no one knows besides Allah Ta’ala” (Tibrani, Baihaqi).

Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (RA) narrates that Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “The doors of the Heavens are opened up on the first night of Ramadhan. Not a single Door (among the Doors of Heaven) is then closed until the last night of Ramadhan. For every Salaat performed (this refers to Taraweeh Salat) during the nights of Ramadhan, Allah Ta’ala records one and a half thousand good deeds for every Sajdah (of the salaat). And, for the fasting person, Allah Ta’ala creates in Jannat a mansion of red Ya’koot (a precious stone in Jannat). This mansion will have seven thousand entrances. (So huge will these entrances be that in each entrance will be located) a palace of gold adorned with red Ya’koot. When the Muslims fast the first day of Ramadhan, Allah Ta’ala forgives all his sins committed from the first of the previous Ramadhan. Daily (i.e. during Ramadhan) from the time of Fajr Salat until sunset, seventy thousand Malaaikah supplicate for his forgiveness. In return for every Sajdah which he (the fasting person) makes, of any Salat, whether during the day or night, he will obtain (such a wonderful) tree (so huge) that a horseman will take five hundred years to pass under its shade.” (Baihaqi).

Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “Fasting is a shield and a powerful fortress.” (Ahmad, Baihaqi).

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates that Muhammad (S.A.W) said: “Keep fasting and you will remain healthy.” (Tibrani).

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (RA) in a lengthy hadith, narrates that Muhamamd (S.A.W) said: “I swear by That Being in Whose possession is the life of Muhammad (S.A.W)! The odour of the mouth of a fasting person is sweeter to Allah Ta’ala than the fragrance of musk.” (Bukhari).
Narrated Abu ‘Ubaid (the slave of Ibn Azhar) I witnessed the ‘Id with ‘Umar bin Al-Kattabwho said, Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) has forbidden people to fast on the day on which you break fasting (the fasts of Ramadan) and the day on which you eat the meat of your sacrifices (the first day of ‘Id ul Fitr and ‘Id ul-Adha).

Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Apostle said, “When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened.”

Narrated Salim’s father: The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Whoever wishes may fast on the day of ‘Ashura’.”

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it.”

Narrated Sahl bin Sad Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.”

Narrated ‘Aisha Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “Whoever died and he ought to have fasted (the missed days of Ramadan) then his guardians must fast on his behalf.”

Narrated Abu Musa The day of ‘Ashura’ was considered as ‘Id day by the Jews. So the Prophet (S.A.W) ordered, “I recommend you (Muslims) to fast on this day.”

Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) 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.”

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “If somebody eats something forgetfully while he is fasting, then he should complete his fast, for Allah has made him eat and drink.”

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas I never saw the Prophet (S.A.W) seeking to fast on a day more (preferable to him) than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, or this month, i.e. the month of Ramadan.

Narrated Nafi Ibn ‘Umar recited the verse: “They had a choice either to fast or to feed a poor person for every day, and said that the order of this Verse was cancelled.

Narrated Umar bin Al-Khattab Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “When night falls from this side and the day vanishes from this side and the sun sets, then the fasting person should break his fast.”

Narrated ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet (S.A.W)) Hamza bin ‘Amr Al-Aslami asked the Prophet, “Should I fast while traveling?” The Prophet (S.A.W)replied, “You may fast ifyou wish, and you may not fast if you wish.”

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar Allah’s Apostle said, “The month (can be) 29 nights (i.e. days), and do not fast till you see the moon, and if the sky is overcast, then complete Sha’ban as thirty days.”

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

Narrated ‘Aisha Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) ordered (the Muslims) to fast on the day of ‘Ashura’, and when fasting in the month of Ramadan was prescribed, it became optional for one to fast on that day (‘Ashura’) or not.

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “None of you should fast a day or two before the month of Ramadan unless he has the habit of fasting (Nawafil) (and if his fasting coincides with that day) then he can fast that day.”

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) was on a journey and saw a crowd of people, and a man was being shaded (by them). He asked, “What is the matter?” They said, “He (the man) is fasting.” The Prophet said, “It is not righteousness that you fast on a journey.”

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.”

The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called Ar-Raiyan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.” The Prophet also said, “If a person spends two different kinds of something (for Allah’s Cause), he will be called from the gates of Paradise.”

Narrated Anas The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Do not practice Al-Wisal (fasting continuously without breaking one’s fast in the evening or eating before the following dawn).” The people said to the Prophet (S.A.W), “But you practice Al-Wisal?” The Prophet (S.A.W) replied, “I am not like any of you, for I am given food and drink (by Allah) during the night.”
Narrated ‘Aisha Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) used to fast till one would say that he would never stop fasting, and he would abandon fasting till one would say that he would never fast. I never saw Allah’s Apostle fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadan, and did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha’ban.

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

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