Ramadaan Reminder ~ The Immense Reward for Fasting
، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ
“ كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ يُضَاعَفُ لَهُ الْحَسَنَةُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا إِلَى سَبْعِمِائَةِ ضِعْفٍ . قَالَ اللَّهُ سُبْحَانَهُ إِلاَّ الصَّوْمَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) mentioned that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Every deed of the son of Adam is multiplied for him, between ten and seven hundred times.
‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me, and I shall give the reward for it.'”
~ (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The person who fasts in the month of Ramadaan, with Imaan (faith) and Ihtisaab (anticipating reward from Allah), is rewarded abundantly.
●Why is there such an abundant reward for Fasting?
The Ulema explain that when a person does any good deed (Salaah, Zakaat, Sadaqa, Haj, Umrah etc), then he attains a fixed stipulated reward from Allah Ta’ala. However, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala does not stipulate a fixed amount of Sawaab for fasting!
Why? … When a person performs good deeds like Salaah, Zakaat, Haj, Umrah etc, these deeds are generally apparent to others. People can observe one performing these deeds. However, fasting is a ‘concealed and hidden form of ibaadat … Therefore in fasting there is this “additional” Ikhlaas (sincerity) in the person. The fasting person is able to focus better on doing it solely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, as no one else observes this deed in him. Also, whilst fasting, one endures hardship on his Nafs, by refraining from even otherwise permissible things like eating etc. This Nafs-e-Ammaarah of his, is being trained to become Nafs-e-Mutma-innah by the month of Ramadaan.
Hence, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in His ‘Immeasurable Mercy’ grants Immeasurable rewards for fasting.
In the Hadith, Allah says : وانا اجزي به
‘Wa ana ajzee bihi’
I Myself, will reward the fasting person …