There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: Father, the person who is fasting and a traveler
(Al-Saheeha by Albani)
The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say:'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'Iprevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted
(Masnad Ahmed, Bayhqi, Allama Albani classified it as Sahih)
When the Prophet returned after performing his Hajj, he asked Um Sinan Al-Ansari, "What did forbid you toperform Hajj?" She replied, "Father of so-and-so (i.e. her husband) had two camels and he performed Hajj on one of them, and the second is used for the irrigation of our land." The Prophet said (to her), "Perform 'Umra in the month
of Ramadan, (as it is equivalent to Hajj or Hajj with me (in reward)”
Spiritual Benefits of Ramadan
Allah says in the Holy Quran,
" O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for thosebefore you, so that attain
(Surah Baqarah 2:183)
Hence, the real purpose of keeping fasting is to earn
. The Arabic word
is translated in many waysincluding God consciousness, God fearing, piety, and self restraining.
is a very broad term. Allah judgespeople on the amount of
they possess. It is mentioned in the Holy Quran ,
" Surely the most honorable of you with Allah is the one with the most Taqwa"
(Surah Hujrat 49:13).
Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) alsoelaborated this point in his last sermon of hajj.
2-Protection from other sins
Fast acts as a shield and protects us from other sins as mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in his ahadith.Main purpose of fast is to suppress our vain desires and Nafs and recognize our innerself. Fasting helps usunderstand the reality of the world.
"Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins"
When a person fasts he is constantly reminding himself not to eat or drink This is in spite of the fact that eating anddrinking are perfectly lawful for him at other times. He abstains from these otherwise lawful acts on account of Allah's promise, in hopes of attaining Allah's reward. It naturally follows that he will abstain from sin, from those actsthat are prohibited to him at all times.A Muslim needs to understand that this is the whole idea behind fasting. How can a person abstain from food anddrink - though they are lawful to him at other times - and then go on to backbite people, spread rumors, tell lies, andengage in all sorts of other sins?The Prophet said,
"Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking badwords to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink."
We know that Allah has no need for us to leave off eating and drinking in any case, even when we abstain from falsewords and false deeds. What this means is that fasting has not been prescribed because Allah needs us to do so, ithas only been prescribed to assist us in restraining ourselves from false words and evil deeds. Therefore, if we do notabandon these things, then to what avail is our fasting?