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Fasting Hadith Islam Ramadan

Losing the Rewards – Qawl Az-zoor

Bismillah.

Doing good deeds is so easy. But hanging on to the hasanat (rewards) that one earns from them is so hard. Here is one of the ways we lose the hasanat of fasting:

قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏من لم يدع قول ‏ ‏الزور ‏ ‏والعمل به فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه ‏

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, whoever does not leave qawl az zoor and working in accordance to it, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and his drink.

[Bukhari]

What is qawl az-zoor? Zoor means: the top part of the chest and to bend. Qawl az Zoor are statement that are twisted/bended/folded, so it’s statement away from the truth. It is a very comprehensive word that contains many meanings, and it is usually translated as false testimony, but in this hadeeth, it has a different meaning which is: saying anything haraam that is displeasing to Allah. Some examples include:

  • lying or false speech
  • backbiting
  • gossip
  • using foul language
  • spreading rumors
  • complaining and negativitiy

The hadeeth continues to say: “and working in accordance to it”, which means to act upon qawl az zoor, for example, like cheating or stealing or any other action that is haraam.

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: الصيام ‏ ‏جنة, fasting is a shield [Bukhari]. Fasting is not just about leaving food and drink, it is a shield for us from all kinds of vices–in speech and action. The purpose of fasting is about inner purification and development, as Allah says in the ayah of fasting [Surah Baqarah: 183].

Taqwa is the fear and consciousness of Allah that protects us from committing sins and to obey Him as He commanded. We are warned in this hadeeth that indulging in qawl az zoor can greatly reduce our reward of fasting, and may not even be accepted by Allah. One of the salaf used to say: “The weakest of fasts is that in which only food and drink is left out.”

How to Counter Qawl az Zoor

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Advice Fasting Hadith Life Ramadan Sunnah Tazkiyyah

Be an Orange

This Ramadan…be an orange!

Say what?

The example of a believer, who recites the Quran and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

[Allah’s Messenger [SAWS], reported in Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Subhan Allah!

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Fasting Quran

Taqwa Builder

“O you who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (those who have Taqwa).” [AlBaqarah:183]

Observing fasting (i.e. regular fasting) = Increasing your consciousness of Allah (i.e. can’t say this, can’t do that) = Increasing your Taqwa of Allah!

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Fasting Hadith

A Shield From the Fire

Abu Sa`eed al-Khudri relates that the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said: “Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the Fire.”

[Ahmad, Sahih]

Optional Fasts:
– Mondays, Thursdays
– Every other day (Fast of Daoud (AS), the best optional fast)
– 13-14-15 of each Islamic month