Fasting is an act of worship for the sake of worship, and it is one of the greatest acts of worship. Islam has been built on five [pillars], and Fasting is considered one of the pillars of Islam, and a person’s Islam is not complete without it. It is the practice of the righteous and the symbol of the righteous.
There are many texts about its virtue that explain its effects, great reward, and what Allah has prepared for his family, and urge the Muslim to increase it and make it easy for him to do what he may find trouble and hardship in its performance.
The First virtue:
It was mentioned in the virtue of fasting: a shield protects the servant from the fire.Every good deed is rewarded with ten of the same up to seven hundred times over. Fasting is a shield from the Fire. The smell coming from the mouth of the one fasting is more pleasant to Allah than the scent of musk.
Among the virtues is that the smell of the fasting person’s mouth – which is the smell coming from his mouth as a result of the stomach being empty of food – is more pleasant to Allah Almighty than the smell of musk. Because it is one of the effects of worship and obedience, and it is evidence of the greatness of fasting with Allah.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (PBUH) 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 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.” (Sahih al-Bukhari).
The second virtue:
It was also mentioned in fasting that: It breaks the eruption of desire and tames it, so the Prophet, peace, and blessings are upon him, instructing young people who cannot marry, to seek help from fasting to be a restraint (Wija).
* Waja’ has been translated freely above. It means castration.
The Messenger (PBUH) stated that there is nothing like fasting that brings a servant closer to his Lord Almighty. And the Prophet (PBUH) stated that there is a gate in Paradise for those who fast. None else will enter through it.
There is a gate which is called Ar-Raiyan, through which only those who observe Saum (fasting) will enter on the Day of Resurrection. It was also reported that fasting would intercede for its owner on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting is one of the greatest reasons for the forgiveness of sins and expiation of sins.
The third virtue:
Fasting helps you erase sins and expiate sins. Rayyan’s Gate is one of the Paradise (Jannah) gates that only the fasting person can enter. Fasting is one of the reasons for supplication being answered.
The Fourth virtue:
Fasting is one of the acts of worship where the believer gets used to being patient in obeying Allah. So he stays away from what he has forbidden, abandons his desires, and thus gets used to self-control. Fasting helps to overcome the self that is inclined to evil and the whispers of Satan. Thanking Allah’s grace, the fasting person feels the blessings of Allah upon him and therefore thanks him for it. Fasting is a manifestation of the unity of Muslims. Fasting helps to form a personality that is willing to do good, sympathetic to those around us, offering to help and meeting needs. Fasting is one of the acts of worship whose reward Allah has hidden.