At least from a physical perspective, Fasting is perhaps the greatest form of worship. Because the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked us to fast as there is nothing equal to it. This is the high status that the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave to fasting.
In this hadith, the Prophet, peace be upon him, singled out fasting when asked about a deed that leads its doer to the best of rewards, Paradise. This fact alone is sufficient for us to understand the greatness of fasting. Mere knowledge of the importance and superiority of fasting. However, is not enough for a Muslim to attain Allah’s pleasure and then, if Allah wills, His great reward. Indeed, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“Perhaps a person fasting will receive nothing from his fasting except hunger and thirst.”
This hadith should raise our concern about fasting and increase our desire to perform this act of worship with the best intention and in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet, upon whom be peace.
The first step for a Muslim to realise is the fact that fasting the month of Ramadan is obligatory and that Allah has prescribed it for us in His Book:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who came before you; that you will perhaps be God-fearing.”
Thus Allah, the Most High, teaches us that fasting is an obligation and a means to attain taqwa(to be God-fearing); that which increases believers in their ranks with Allah:
“The most honourable among you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most pious.”
Furthermore, we should realise the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him, in which he tells us that Allah said:
“The most beloved deeds with which my slave comes closer to Me are the obligatory deeds.”
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