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The shield

Saum (fast) is the shield of a believer, a person who fasts pleases Allah (SWT), follows the sunnah of our beloved prophet (PBUH) and stand to gain numerous benefits – health and religious.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: `Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.’ Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: `I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rubb.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Health benefits
A number of studies have suggested intermittent fasting – abstaining or reducing food and drink intake – has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. One of the most well-known intermittent fasting diets is the 5:2 Fast Diet – a plan that involves eating the recommended calorie intake for 5 days a week but reducing calorie intake to 25% for the remaining 2 days (MNT) -This ‘intermittent fastting’ has been prescribed by our beloved prophet (pbuh) ages ago, he used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays

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Benefits of fasting

Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In Jannah there is a gate which is called Ar-Raiyan through which only those who observe Saum (fasting) will enter on the Day of Resurrection. None else will enter through it. It will be called out, “Where are those who observe fasting?” So they will stand up and proceed towards it. When the last of them will have entered, the gate will be closed and then no one will enter through that gate.”
[Muslim].
Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Every slave of Allah who observes Saum (fasting) for one day for the sake of Allah, Allah will draw his face farther from Hell-fire to the extent of a distance to be covered in seventy years.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Etiquettes of fast

Moderation
Although voluntary fasting is encouraged in Islam, all must be done in moderation, the prophet (pbuh) prohibited us from fasting without taking breaks, because just as we owe a duty to our Rubb, we owe a duty to our body and to our family, so we should give to everyone his due.

Abu Juhaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) made a bond of brotherhood between Salman and Abud-Darda’. Salman paid a visit to Abud-Darda’ and found Umm Darda’ (his wife) dressed in shabby clothes and asked her why she was in that state. She replied: “Your brother Abud-Darda’ is not interested in (the luxuries of) this world. In the meantime Abud-Darda’ came in and prepared a meal for Salman. Salman requested Abud-Darda’ to eat (with him) but Abud-Darda’ said: “I am fasting.” Salman said: “I am not going to eat unless you eat.” So, Abud-Darda’ ate (with Salman). When it was night and (a part of the night passed), Abud-Darda’ got up (to offer the night prayer) but Salman asked him to sleep and Abud-Darda’ slept. After some time Abud-Darda’ again got up but Salman asked him to sleep. When it was the last hours of the night, Salman asked him to get up and both of them offered (Tahajjud) prayer. Then Salman told Abud-Darda’: “You owe a duty to your Rubb, you owe a duty to your body; you owe a duty to your family; so you should give to every one his due. Abud-Darda’ came to the Prophet (PBUH) and reported the whole story. Prophet (PBUH) said, “Salman is right”.
[Al-Bukhari].

Take suhur
There is blessing in taking of predawn meal – suhur- for fasting

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Eat Suhur (predawn meal). Surely, there is a blessing in Suhur.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Hasten to break fast
We are encouraged to break to break our fasts on time as it is better for us and more beloved by Allah (SWT)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah the Most High says: `From amongst my slaves, the quicker the one is in breaking the Saum (fasting), the dearer is he to me.”’
[At-Tirmidhi].

Break with Date
The best fruit to break the fast with is the date palm (the fruit of our prophet (PBUH)

Salman bin `Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying, “When one of you breaks his Saum (fasting), let him break it on dates; if he does not have any, break his fast with water for it is pure.”
[Abu Dawud].

Married muslimah
As much as it’s good to observe voluntary fasts, a married woman is prohibited from doing so without the permission of her husband

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “It is not lawful for a woman to observe an optional Saum (fast) without the permission of her husband when he is at home. Nor should she allow anyone to enter his house without his permission.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Tomorrow is Thursday, if you can’t fast then remind someone who can, you’ll get the same reward as them without reducing their reward.

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