Importance of Fasting
And may Allah put mercy and blessings into the hearts of those who are deprived of the blessings of this month. What we can say about the greatness of this month, for which, Allah the Most High have said in the Hadith Qudsi, which is reported by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him):
By Him Whose Hand my soul is! The smell of the mouth of the fasting person is better nearer to Allah than the smell of musk, Allah says: The fasting person leaves his meal and desires for Me, however the fast is only for Me and I will only give its reward and for every good deed the reward is for 10 times.
Ibne Uyaina says:
This Hadith is amongst those Hadiths which are strong and best, on the day of Qiyamat when Allah the Eminent the Glorious will take account from His person and because of his committed afflictions, He will grant his deeds to an afflicted person so much so that amongst his all deeds (which were given to an afflicted person as penalty) only fasting would be left by Him(Allah), then Allah will take the responsibility of his remaining afflictions and will put him into the Paradise by means of his fasting.
[Sho’b ul Iman Lil Behqi, vol : 8, Page : 93]
Sayyidina Abu Umama states:
I came to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and said:
You give me an order which I will hold (strongly).
The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
You keep fast, because there is no other deed/act like that.
To draw out the full benefit, status and position of fasting is very difficult, the reward of this worship is only in the knowledge of Allah the Most High. By keeping the same virtue and greatness of fasting in mind, it is necessary to fulfill this obligatory with all possible awareness. We should be very careful for this worship.
Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, said: Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except the Fasting which is (Exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.
Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice, and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: I am fasting.
Bye Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys:
he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rabb.
[Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]
Khuluf is the smell that comes from the mouth of person who observes Saum. It results from the thirst and hunger which he has suffer during the Saum. The Hadit6h not only tells us the merits of Saum but also brings into focus the true significance of it. Saum is not thus mere abstention from food, drink etc, but also keeping away from all evils and vices and embracing virtues.