Fasting : A wrapped devotion
Why is it so??Let us consider the pillars of Islam except fasting everything can be used to show off that we are religious.But coming to fasting, do you think its possible??
No, because Fasting is something we do for Allah (swt) for Allah says
“Every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me. I give the reward for it. ” These words of Allah shows how much he loves the act of fasting from his believers.Fasting is more of a spiritual act than a physical one, that is why it is impossible to flaunt it in front of others.It is a sacred devotion we submit to our god.
Many people have a feeling that we believers are asked to starve just to know how the unfortunates undergo everyday.But let me tell you brothers and sisters that it is just one reason,there are numerous benefits of fasting some of them even we do not know.
When we fast its not just our stomach that is fasting, our eyes, our tongue, our ears, our hand, our legs and most importantly our mind are in a state of fast.We are supposed to abstain from seeing what is forbidden, hearing what is haraam, raising our voice, gossiping and behaving in an unpleasant manner.
The main benefit of fasting is that when we are hungry we remember we are fasting and that reminds us we are taking the effort for Allah and should not allow the reward to be washed out.Thus we gain energy automatically to do more spiritual deeds and be at the best of our character even while we are drained out completely. We show kindness to kids, respect the old, love our family and be friendly to others.
In short we gain a strength from within to get hold of ourselves , and we unknowingly develop such good manners which we were unable to own while our appetite was fulfilled.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Fasting is a shield, If someone argues with you or insults you, say: ‘I am fasting, I am fasting’.”
Yes, indeed fasting is a shield for us in all manners.Give it a thought..We should use this shield as much as possible.If our body can fight so can our minds.All our deeds are going to be rewarded depending upon our intention for Allah (swt) looks into our hearts.
The prophet (peace be upon him) said “The one who is fasting is happy at two times: when he breaks his fast he is happy with it, and when he meets his Lord he will be happy that he has fasted.”
This is truly a wonderful saying which reveals that fasting is an act which has a definite reward.Of course we are happy while breaking fast but think of the eternal bliss!!!
So don’t you agree that fasting is a wrapped devotion we do for Allah alone??
It is a private business between each soul and his Allah.Keep it sacred and confidential.
May Allah give us the salary in the form of blessings and love here and hereafter..Ameen