Further mentions the Glorious
O You who Believe! Fasting is prescribed to you asit was prescribed before you so that you may (learn) self- restrain.
This verse clearly states that fasting was ordained for earlier people also specially referring to thepeople of the Book as can be confirmed from these statements of the Bible. The Bible mentions:
“And when he (Jesus) fasted 40 days and 40 nights he was there after unhungered” (Ma
Also it is mentioned:
“And he (Moses) was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights; he
did neither eat bread nor drink water and wrote upon the tablest the words of the covenant,
the ten commandments.” (Exodus 34:28)
Virtues of Fasting1. Abu Huraira R.A.A. related that Muhammad SAW said:
Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays duringthe nights of Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And whoever passes Laylat ul Qadr with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.
(Bukhari, Muslim)2. Abu Huraira R.A.A. related that Muhammad SAW said:
If one omits his fast for even a singleday in Ramadan without a concession or without being ill, then if he fasted even for his entirelife he could not makeup for it.
(Bukhari)3. Abu Huraira R.A.A. related that Muhammad SAW said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said:
Every deed of man will receive 10 to 700 times reward except Siyam (fasting) for it is for meand I shall reward it (as I please). There are two occasions of joy for the one who fasts: onewhen he breaks his fast and other when he meets his Lord.
(Muslim)When to start fastingIbn Umar R.A.A. related that Muhammad SAW said:
Do not start fasting until you see the newmoon and do not stop fasting until you see it. If the weather is cloudy then calculate when itshould appear.
meal which is eaten before dawn:
Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Vol.3, Book 31, #143, Narrated Sahl bin Sad
I used to take my Suhur meals with my family and then hurry up for presenting myself for the (Fajr) prayerwith Allah's Apostle.
Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Vol.3, Book 31, #146, Narrated Anas bin Malik
The Prophet said, "Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it."