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Fasting in Islam

by | May 22, 2015

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Fasting In Islam according to Quran.

“And fast, it is better for you if only you knew.”

[al-Baqarah, 2:184]

Fasting is a very important pillar of Islam. For Muslims, it is necessary to believe in fasting. Those who reject to believe it are considered as non-Muslim in Islam, and missing the fast without any solid reason is considered a sin in Islam. Fasting in Ramadan is obligatory for Muslims. In Islam, the definition of fasting is that one should make the intention of fasting for the sake of Allah. For fasting, one must stay away from eating, drinking, etc.; fasting is not allowed for women during masturbation.

Fasting In Islam In The Light of Hadith:

Abu Huraira (R.A) reported many Hadith related to fast. The Prophet said Allah said,

“Every (sinful) deed can be expiated, and the fast is for Me, so I will give the reward for it; and the smell which comes out of the mouth of a fasting person, is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.”


Such a great reward of fasting, as mentioned above. Through fasting, we can achieve higher ranks hereafter. Allah also accepted the supplication of those who fast.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (PBUH), said:

“There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: the fasting person when he breaks the fast, the just ruler, and the supplication of the oppressed.”

[Tirmithi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban]

For Allah Pleasure:

Fasting is a way of pleasing Allah. Everything depends on intentions. Fasting only for the sake of Allah is a real key to success. Allah loves those who fast because one is sacrificing his or her needs only for the sake of Allah.

The Prophet said,

“Allah said: The Fast is for Me, and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food, and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from Hell), and there are two pleasures (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of Musk.” [Bukhari]

He also said:

“Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward; each good deed receiving ten times it’s like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Highest said: ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me, and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me.’ For the fasting person, there are two times of joy; a time of joy when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of Musk.”


Fasting is a way of entering paradise. There are many great rewards of fasting, and it is also beneficial for both worlds.

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