Fasting, as they say, is not just a physical discipline, but a test of our spiritual discipline too.
And maybe like us, you’ve probably been through that fasting struggle cycle.
At one stage we didn’t appreciate it.
Then we struggled with it.
Before we then embraced it, with it becoming a huge part of our lives.
It’s not just any common ritual. It’s a gift to us from our Creator.
As we approach the key month of Ramadan, especially one that is going to be very different to the Ramadan’s we’re used to, some of us are maybe not feeling the spirit that Ramadan normally brings.
So we thought we’d share the ultimate reasons and rewards for why we fast, to hopefully remind us all as to why we should be excited, eager and as hopeful as ever, for the blessed month to come.
The Ultimate Reward of Fasting
1. Fasting Helps You See Clearer
“Make this Ramadan the turning point in your life. break free from the deceptions of this world and indulge in the sweetness of eeman.”
Ever did something that kept you up all night? Something that just didn’t feel right? Or maybe you made a tiny mistake that turned someone else’s life 360 degrees?
Well, trust us, you’re not alone.
It’s not just you. It’s that woman who just walked by. It’s that little kid playing in the park.
We all make mistakes, we’re all sinners who walk with masks of different shapes and colors, where often it’s just too easy to give in to worldly desires.
But want to know something great?
Fasting isn’t just an ordinary ritual. It is a discipline that helps us all see better and hear clearer. It starves us from worldly desires to save us all from often our biggest enemy: ourselves.
And with that, in turn, connects us to a deeper connection with Allah.
2. Fasting Saves Our Souls
“Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the Fire.” [Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Sahih]
Fasting, when done right, saves us from sin. It’s as simple as that.
By opening our eyes and helping us separate the “good” from the “bad,” and the “needs” from the “wants”.
It’s a humbling experience that makes us realize that anything in this world can be taken away from us because nothing here is truly ours.
It saves us by keeping us grounded. It saves us by shifting our focus.
Also, more than just a ritual, fasting is a journey towards our inner self. It helps us realize the important things in life-the ones that are so easy for most of us to take for granted.
It drives us away from uncertainty by helping us see clearer and further–and by further, we mean the afterlife.
Yes, there is life after this world, and we can only truly earn it by making sacrifices to strengthen our faith and renew our relationship with Allah.
3. Fasting Is An Act of Seeking Repentance
“Perform the Pilgrimage and the Lesser Pilgrimage for Allah … but whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head must pay a ransom, either by fasting or by charity … “Al-Qur’an 2:196
Fasting is not an easy task. It requires long days and nights of discipline and deprivation. It is a sacrifice meant to strengthen our character.
But aside from that, why do we fast in the first place?
We fast because we love Allah and we want to grow closer to our Creator in heart and in spirit, and we can only do so by turning our backs after committing our mistakes and striving to become a better- if not the best -version of ourselves.
We fast because we want forgiveness.
We fast because we are forever indebted.
We fast because we want to repent.
We fast because we are sinners looking for the salvation that only the mercy of our creator can bring.
4. Fasting Teaches Us To Be Patient
“Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning” [az-Zumar 39:10]
Fasting is a consistent, intentional sacrifice that requires patience and self-control.
It is an ultimate act of obedience and faith, and it shows to Allah that we are committed to asking for forgiveness and surrendering our lives to Him.
It is a journey that will test you to our limits. And once we finally reach the end of the race, there you’d see your ultimate – which we hope is His admittance into His gardens of greatness.
5. Fasting is a Sacrifice Made ONLY for Our Creator
The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied between ten and seven hundred times. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for My sake.”
Allah’s messenger emphasizes the importance of doing good while we are on earth because anything we do here will be multiplied 10 to 700-folds in the afterlife.
But far from just doing good, fasting is a more noble act as it is a conscious effort to please Allah and to be closer to Him.
It is done only for Allah and Allah alone, making it an extra special and sacred ritual.
Through fasting, our sins are washed away. Through fasting, we are find purpose again.
6. Fasting Strengthens Our Trust in Allah and Takes Us Back to Him
“In the name of Allah. All praise is due to Allah. O Allah! I have fasted for Your pleasure, it is with Your sustenance that I am opening my fast, and I have placed complete trust in You. Glory be to You and praise be to You. Accept this fast from me for most surely You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” Prophet Muhammad PBUH
Have you ever attended a team-building activity where you needed to jump with your blindfolds on? That requires us to put your complete trust in our teammates.
That’s exactly how fasting works.
Fasting is a direct line to Allah. It is a spiritual awakening. It is a personal experience of praise and worship that can transform our faith and strengthen our spiritual character.
It tests us. It puts our faith above that sense of hopelessness.
It sends us all one very important message: that at the end of it all, Allah is and will always be for us and with us.
7. But Nothing Can Match The Ultimate Reward of Accepted Fasting…
There are endless reasons why fasting is an important discipline among us, Muslims.
But here’s the main takeaway: the ultimate reward of fasting is not just salvation – it’s Allah.
It’s the ultimate gift of being able to see Him.
Isn’t that worth fasting for? Isn’t that worth fighting for? Worth striving for?
We hope this Ramadan, is one that we are all are successful in.