Fasting for the sake of piety

 Explaining the wisdom and benefits of fasting and fasting, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “For fear of piety.”

Sheikh Wali Khan Al-Muzaffar:

Dear Readers, Happy Holy Month of Ramadan, Ramadan is the holy month in which the Qur’an was revealed, the Gospel on the 3rd of Ramadan, the Psalms on the 10th and the Torah on the 18th, the historic battle of Islam and disbelief, the Battle of Badr The victory of Makkah was achieved on the 20th of Ramadan in the year 6 AH. It is written in dictionary and grammar books that Ramadan is the source of Ramadan. The meaning of Ramadaan is to burn. Ramadaan is called Ramadaan because, just as fire burns away wood, so does the worship of Ramadaan, the recitation of the Qur’aan, Taraaweeh, I’tikaaf, charity, prayers, Nawafil and fasting. The sins of human beings are forgiven, when the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of heaven are opened, and the gates of hell are closed, in this blessed month the rebellious devils are bound in chains, the month of Ramadan begins As soon as the forgiveness of millions of people is announced at the time of Iftar every day, in the same way the forgiveness of millions of people is announced at the time of Suhoor. Special rewards and favors are bestowed on the servants. The reward of Nawafil is given in proportion to the duties, and the rank of duty is increased 70 times. In the last ten days of Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr has been declared better than a thousand nights. Finally, as a gift from the happy moments of Eid, the Creator of the universe has blessed His servants.

Explaining the wisdom and benefits of fasting and fasting, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “For fear of piety” (al-Baqarah 2: 183), ie, fasting will exceed the requirements of the self, so you will become pious, because In the name of avoidance, the verse says that the obligation of fasting is to attain piety. There is a form of worship which weakens the feelings of behemoth, reduces the arousal of the soul and reduces the desire for lusts and desires. Fasting throughout Ramadan is obligatory on every sane adult Muslim. If one refrains from following it, then there will be a radiance in the inner self and improvement in the nafs. If a person observes the fast of Ramadan in the light of the rules and etiquettes which have been mentioned in the hadiths, then the nafs will be purified. Sins continue to plague man, the most common of which are sin, one mouth, the other genitals, but Tirmidhi narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked, “What will be the greatest means of entering Hell?” He replied, “Al-Fum wa al-Farj,” meaning the mouth and the place of shame.

It is as if both of them are more involved in entering Hell. Fasting prohibits both the mouth and the private parts. Fasting is a great means of abstaining from the sins that can be committed in the two ways mentioned above. He said: “Fasting is a shield, ie fasting is a shield, it saves from sin and from the fire of Hell” (Bukhari 254 vol. 1).

If the fast is observed with full care and complete observance of the rules and etiquette, then of course it becomes easier to be safe from sins, especially during and after the fast, but if one does not pay attention to the etiquette of fasting, he intends to fast. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: If he refrains from eating and drinking and desires, but earns haraam things and keeps backbiting, then he will be obliged to do so, but he will be deprived of the blessings and fruits of fasting. Fasting is a shield of fasting, unless it is torn.

It is narrated in a hadeeth: “Whoever does not give up the word al-zawr wa al-amal by the need of Allaah in those days of food and drink.” Abandon (Bukhari, vol. 1255).

Eating and drinking and abstaining from sexual intercourse do not complete the fast, but it is necessary to keep the fast safe from fornication, denial and all kinds of sins. If the fast is in the mouth and a person speaks badly, it does not beautify him. The meaning of ﷺ’s instruction is: When one of you is fasting, he should not say filthy things, make noises, if a person starts abusing or fighting, do not respond to him with abusive gossip, but Say, I am a fasting man, it is not my job to abuse or fight.

(Bukhari 255 vol. 1).

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: There are many fasting people for whom there is nothing but thirst due to haraam eating or doing haraam deeds or backbiting. Nothing but waking up because of hypocrisy (Mishkat al-Masabih 1 vol. 177).

The Almighty, in the Holy Qur’an, has said, “These are the days of fasting for a few days. It is not a difficult task to keep the fasts. It has made it easy for the sick and the traveler to know their days of illness and days.” Do not fast while traveling. After Ramadan has passed, count the same number of days and fast on other days, that is, make up missed missed fasts. Please consult the scholars to explain this.

And the one who says in the Qur’an: “And those who have the means of redemption, the food of the poor” (those who have the power to fast, the redemption is for the food of a poor person).

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