By Editorial Staff
Ramadan is the most welcomed month throughout the whole Hijri year due to the greatest acts of worship offered in it, topped by fasting, which represents one of the fundamental religious practices in Islam. Although involving great hardship that results from the abstention from consuming any food or drinks for an entire daytime, fasting contains numerous spiritual, social and physical benefits that cannot be overlooked. The top benefit of fasting is sincere watchfulness of God, which is highlighted in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Almighty Allah says,
O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. (Al-Baqarah 2:183)
In the hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.” (Al-Bukhari)
Fasting is a training course for the Muslim in which he becomes acquainted with his own personal powers and capabilities that he may not has known before. Fasting enables the Muslim to undertake hard things, forsake the undesirable actions and develop pure and reconciled characters.
Enjoy watching this very interesting video with Dr. Zakir Naik in which he talks about the benefits and virtues of fasting that Muslims are offering during this month.
Source: I Love Islam Youtube Channel