What is the Reward for Fasting?
English Bayan, 17 mins
2nd April, 2022
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What is the Reward for Fasting? First of all, we thank Allah that in that great month for which the whole year the human being waits, Allah ta'ala has bestowed this month upon us with wellbeing and goodness but especially the supplications that were made 2 months in advance. Allah ta'ala has given us the benefit of this great worship. From all the actions of worship, fasting has a unique status. The pious predecessors mention that in Shariah a reward has been stipulated for each deed. Whichever deed you perform, it is stated, this is the reward you will get, this is the reward you will get, this is the reward you will get. But there are three deeds which Allah ta'ala has not mentioned a reward for. Rather the rewards for them are unlimited. From amongst those deeds is the act of fasting. So it is out of Allah ta'ala's grace that He has given us the ability to observe this worship. Allah's great kindness and Mercy is upon that human being who observes fasting. With regards to fasting, it has been mentioned in hadith, الصوم فإنه لي Here, look how Allah defines the reward for fasting. Allah ta'ala says, "Fasting is for me and it belongs to Me." In other words, Allah says the one who fasts is mine. Allahu akbar. What a great announcement and status that Allah has given to the person who observes the fast, Allah says He is mine! SubhaanAllah. If you have a car and you say, "this is my car." It's yours isn't it. That asset. So if one says "it's your car, but my seat," can this ever be? "No because the seat is inside the car and that is mine aswell." If one says "it's your car but the tyres from it are mine." He will reply, "no, the car is mine so the tyres are mine too." Its like this isn't it? So Allah ta'ala says, the one who fasts, in reality, he is mine. So what happens is, his eyes belong to Allah, his tongue belongs to Allah, his body belongs to Allah, which is why it is stated in hadith, the meaning of the hadith is like this; everything associated to a fasting person becomes worship and we understand that the reason for this is because he belongs to Allah. When one observes the fasts, he belongs to Allah. He is with Allah. Allah says, "he is my servant." And if Allah says, "he is mine," then the whole universe recognises that person. "Oh he is Allah's servant. He is the special servant." So his hand, his tongue, his eyes, his footsteps, his thinking, his speaking are all associated to Allah because he has become the servant of Allah. So now tell me, imagine the reward for the person whom Allah ta'ala is defining. So here what we learn is that the fasting person, i'll give you an example again so you understand. If you own a car, you would drive the car according to your own will and desire won't you? You won't drive the way other people want you to drive. You say, "I want to go to the shopping centre." So you would take your car out and drive to the shopping centre. You say, "I want to go to this shop. I want to go to work." You take the car out, you start it and you'll drive where you want to go because "it is my car and I can take it wherever I want to." Similarly, what does the fasting person become? What does he become? Everything of his, his eyes, his hands, his tongue his footsteps, his thinking, everything will become according to Allah ta'ala's preference. Understand this point. What I am saying is something to understand. A fasting person's every action is in accordance to Allah ta'ala's preference and choice. His eye sight. How will he move his eyes? His movement with his eyes will be according to Allah ta'ala's preference. The fasting person I'm referring to. Not the one who has merely abstained from food and drink and says, "I have obeyed Allah." No, Allah says, He is mine now. The fasting person. Allah says, "he is hungry and thirsty due to me isn't it?" So it can't just be 50/50 isn't it? What this means is, the one who observes the fast in reality, he observes a proper fast. His eyes won't commit Haraam actions, his tongue won't swear to anyone, he will not go towards any Haraam action, he won't commit wrongdoing, so what we realise is that a genuine fasting person is defined as the one whose actions are not in opposition to Allah ta'ala's desires. This is a massive message to us. So where we have kept the fast, don't just think fasting it is okay, we have stopped eating and drinking. No. We say, "the real fast is that I had suhoor in the morning, kept my fast and broke my fast in the evening." In reality the situation is such, Allahu akbar, that when the servant becomes Allah's, then he is always in the state of fasting. Whoever adopts this action. For example, your eyesight is for Allah. Your tongue is for Allah. Your feet is for Allah. Your thinking is for Allah. Then that person becomes a fasting person totally. He is a complete fasting person because each of his actions are according to what Allah ta'ala wants. This is what we are practicing in Ramadan. Yes. Otherwise it would've been said in regards to fasting, just leave food and in the evening break the fast and you are the true genuine fasting person. No. The definition of fasting hasn't been given like that. The message has been given that, "the fasting person is he whose every action, every movement is according to my choice and preference and then he will not engage in sin." So my brothers, such a great Worship. That's why Allah ta'ala has a given a great reward for it. SubhaanAllah. Ajeeb, unique reward. It is stated that, you will receive the rewards for each deed, but Allah ta'ala says, "on the day of Qiyãmah, I will give the reward for fasting myself!" "I will give it myself." So what will He give and how much will He give? Here, the example I remember now, I will share with you so you can understand. Hatim Tai Rahmatullahi Alayh was a very great man who was famous. I don’t know what his name is in English. He was very generous and there are a lot of examples of his generosity. Hatim Tai Rahmatullahi Alayh. So one person went to him and said, "I've been hungry for many days, please can you give me some food, some seeds, something to eat in a sack." He said, "okay, no problem, give him 10 camels." He replied, "Hadhrat, I just asked for some food, some wheat, and you have given me 10 camels to eat. Why is this?" Then listen to the answer he gave. He said, "Hadhrat, you asked according to your need how much you needed and I gave to you according to my status and my capability." Allahu akbar. So what will Allah ta'ala give on the day of Qiyamah? He will give according to His Glory and Magnificence. That's why Allah said "the reward for fasting on the day of judgement, I will give myself." Tell me what a great worship fasting is. So the point that we have extracted today brothers, we have understood the meaning of fasting. Today the month of fasting has started. Our first fast is today so don’t just think that fasting is abstaining from eating and drinking. Rather, mashaaAllah all the subjects of deen come here but understand this point الصوم فإنه لي which i presented to you that when you're a fasting person you have a high status, every movement of yours becomes Allah's. Every action becomes worship. And it becomes such a worship regarding which Allah ta'ala says, "you don't know the reward that you are going to get. You don't know." What a great point. Now if we are going to get such a great reward, then the human should be extremely cautious not to spoil his fast. Control his tongue, control his thoughts. And he should implement all those actions through which he can attain Allah's pleasure, through which Allah ta’ala becomes pleased. Whatever it is. Any action. Not just thinking that we should do x,y,z, rather make a basis for your practice. We have to consider what things make Allah ta'ala pleased and what things make Allah ta'ala displeased. We don’t need a big list for this, just a small and simple formula which you should adopt. Those actions which are defined as sins. If it’s introduced as a sin to us then what is that? Then Allah ta'ala doesn't like that action. Example, the child is sitting and you pinch him, you didn't do anything major to him did you? But what is it? Allah ta'ala doesn't like this does he? This is a sin. So whichever action comes under the definition of 'sin,' know that Allah doesn't like that action, hence, it is defined as a sin. And those things which make Allah ta'ala pleased, whatever makes Allah ta’ala happy, even if it's something small, for example, one man is passing by, and he moves a branch or a twig out of the way as it is an obstacle, 'let me move it out of the way,' it’s a small action but who became pleased? Allah became pleased, so what has it become? A good deed. Very simple formula which you can utilise isn't it. What is a good deed and a what is a bad deed. What does Allah become pleased with and what does Allah become displeased with. So this is caution. Allah has given us a great worship. The life of a believer, Allah has mentioned separately in the Quran. يا أيها الذين آمنوا Allah addresses the people of belief. What a great honour! So the life of a Muslim, Allah gave us Ramadan and has defined that every action of a fasting person should be according to Allah's desire and pleasure. That's why we have been given this worship so we must be extremely cautious and with this caution we should pass our fast. What Allah doesn't like, music, singing dancing, immodesty, no veil, and we eat in the morning and doing everything for the rest of the day. You can call yourself a fasting person but Allah says the true fasting person is the one who observes the fasting according to Allah's preference. الصوم فإنه لي The one who is mine. The one who performs deeds and actions according to my preference. That is the true fasting person. InshaaAllah engage in good deeds in Ramadan which Allah ta'ala has defined. We will discuss what deeds Allah likes and which actions we should adopt and practice. Those things which are beloved to Allah. Waking up in the morning Allah likes. Performing Tahajjud Allah likes, isn't it? Recitation of the Quran. This is the Glory of the Quran. And then Dhikrullah. SubhaanAllah this is a unique action and then there's another property within Dhikrullah because we need to protect the fast, it is a valuable fast, high level worship, we don’t want to spoil our fast even with a small thing so to protect our fast, the most valuable deed Allah has given is Dhikrullah. That’s why there are 2 benefits of Dhikr, one is that it is an action Allah loves and two, through this action of dhikr, it protects the fast of a person to a higher degree. One who engages in dhikr in the morning will be protected until the evening and one who engages in dhikr in the evening will be protected until the morning. SubhaanAllah. Then you'll say why are you doing dhikr in Asr then in between? This is the bonus. SubhaanAllah. You did dhikr in the morning and in the evening so Allah gave us permisson to do dhikr again at the time of Asr and do extra until Magrib. So my brothers all of us should try and make effort this Ramadan, especially with regards to our fast. Consider yourself a fasting person every second. Fasting isn't just that you do suhoor in the morning, keep the fast and then you break the fast in the evening. And in the evening, won't you be the fasting people? We're still the fasting people in the evening. You have made the contract with Allah for 30 days total. You are fasting. Not just, "i've broken the fast now, iftar, let's start doing evil actions and sins in the evening.' No. We are human beings, we make mistakes. The tongue starts wagging. So amongst your home and friends, do the same thing. Have love and affection for each other. And what's that? If someone says something wrong or backbiting and you're sitting at home, whether it's a child or your mother, your friends and you're sitting together then say 'yaar don't do this, you’re ruining your fast', give them a reminder. We need to remind each other. Don’t be ashamed. "Brother what are you doing?" "Oh family member, what are you doing? My fast, your fast, you are spoiling the fast, why are you doing this wasteful action?" With love and affection, especially at home with the family. Explain to the children and remind them, "what are you doing here. No no, don't talk about someone else, why are you talking about the third party?" Allah likes all of this. It is called Islaah, rectifying someone. Separate qualities and properties of this deed. So we need to do this as well and remind each other. Explain to each other. "Brother don't do this, this is wrong. This is a sin. Your whole fast will be wasted. Your whole day will be wasted." Second thing if you make a mistake, immediately, if you say something wrong to someone, seek forgiveness from Allah. In your mind, remember this as well. This isn't just fasting physically. Even in your mind if you've got negative thoughts about someone, don't let them come. Even in your mind, there's enmity, there's friendship. Understand this point. All of this is waste. There is no one who is your enemy in this month of fasting. No malice against anyone. No revenge against anyone. Don’t take money from anyone. Nothing. Take all your dealings and your business out of your mind. No negativity, no bad thoughts and ill feelings towards relatives, no negative thoughts towards anyone. Allah says that "you are mine." So show yourself belonging to Allah. Don’t think about anything against anyone in your mind. It can come. We're human beings. Bad thoughts come. So what should you recite? When you get a bad thought, immediately recite istighfaar. Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah. "Allah I seek forgiveness. This is not me Allah. This is my nafs which is putting thoughts in my mind. Allah I don’t want this bad thought. I don't want this bad against this person. I don't want this at all. InshaaAllah that Waswasah, whisper from Shaytan will immediately vanish. You want to live your life pure and clean from morning till evening. No bad thoughts. Don’t speak about anyone. Forget talking, you shouldn't even have bad thoughts about anyone. Rather, have good thoughts about those people. Pray for your enemies, say "Allah he said this to me, grant him piety. Grant him advancement and progression. Allah, eliminate his bad habits, Allah he backbites and gossips, take this habit away. Allah, he has malice in his heart, take it away. Allah, he makes enmity with me for no reason, Allah, remove the enmity." Speak with goodness regarding that person. This is the reality of how a fasting person should be. And Allah says the reward for this is great. So let's make dua that Allah ta'ala grants us the ability to implement. Ameen
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