Fasting and its reward

Some of my favourite hadith.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (S.a.W) said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting.” The Prophet (S.a.W) added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1894. Book 30, Hadith 4; Vol 3, Book 31, Hadith 118.

Chapter: As-Saum (the fasting) is an expiation (for sins)

Narrated Abu Wail from Hudhaifa:
'Umar asked the people, "Who remembers the narration of the Prophet (S.a.W) about the affliction?"Hudhaifa said, “I heard the Prophet (S.a.W) saying, 'The affliction of a person in his property, family and neighbors is expiated by his prayers, fasting, and giving in charity.” Umar said, “I do not ask about that, but I ask about those afflictions which will spread like the waves of the sea.” Hudhaifa replied, “There is a closed gate in front of those afflictions.” 'Umar asked, “Will that gate be opened or broken?” He replied, “It will be broken.” 'Umar said, “Then the gate will not be closed again till the Day of Resurrection.” We said to Masruq, “Would you ask Hudhaifa whether 'Umar knew what that gate symbolized?” He asked him and he replied "He ('Umar) knew it as one knows that there will be night before tomorrow, morning.

Sahih al-Bukhari 1895; Book 30, Hadith 5; Vol 3, Book 31, Hadith 119.

Chapter: Ar-Raiyan is for people observing Saum

Narrated Sahl:
The Prophet (S.a.W) said, “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1896. Book 30, Hadith 6. Vol 3, Book 31, Hadith 120.

'Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (S.a.W) said, “Whoever gives two kinds (of things or property) in charity for Allah’s Cause, will be called from the gates of Paradise and will be addressed, ‘O slaves of Allah! Here is prosperity.’ So, whoever was amongst the people who used to offer their prayers, will be called from the gate of the prayer; and whoever was amongst the people who used to participate in Jihad, will be called from the gate of Jihad; and whoever was amongst those who used to observe fasts, will be called from the gate of Ar-Raiyan; whoever was amongst those who used to give in charity, will be called from the gate of charity.” Abu Bakr said, “Let my parents be sacrificed for you, O Allah’s Messenger (S.a.W)! No distress or need will befall him who will be called from those gates. Will there be any one who will be called from all these gates?” The Prophet (S.a.W) replied, “Yes, and I hope you will be one of them.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1897. Book 30, Hadith 7. Vol 3, Book 31, Hadith 121.

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