Hadith on Fasting: Fasting is a great virtue and a shield from the Hellfire

August 7, 2011

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: Allah Almighty said, “All of the deeds of the children of Adam are for them, except fasting which is for me and I will reward it.” The Prophet said further, “Fasting is a shield. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid intimate relations with his wife and arguments. If somebody should fight or argue with him, he should say: Indeed, I am fasting. By him in whose hand is my soul, the unpleasant smell coming from the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other when he meets his Lord, for then he will be pleased by his fasting.”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Every deed of the son of Adam is multiplied from ten to seven hundred times. Allah the Exalted says: Except for fasting, as it is done for my sake and I will reward it.

And in another narration, the Prophet said, “Allah says: He has left his food, drink, and desires for my sake. The fast is for me, so I will reward him for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied by ten like it.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1805, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1151

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عن أبي هريرة رضى الله عنه قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ اللَّهُ كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ إِلاَّ الصِّيَامَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ‏‏ وَالصِّيَامُ جُنَّةٌ وَإِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ صَوْمِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَلاَ يَرْفُثْ وَلاَ يَصْخَبْ فَإِنْ سَابَّهُ أَحَدٌ أَوْ قَاتَلَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي امْرُؤٌ صَائِمٌ‏‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لَخُلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ يَفْرَحُهُمَا إِذَا أَفْطَرَ فَرِحَ وَإِذَا لَقِيَ رَبَّهُ فَرِحَ بِصَوْمِهِ

وفي رواية مسلم قال كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ يُضَاعَفُ الْحَسَنَةُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا إِلَى سَبْعمِائَة ضِعْفٍ قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَّا الصَّوْمَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي

وفي رواية البخاري قال يَتْرُكُ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ وَشَهْوَتَهُ مِنْ أَجْلِي الصِّيَامُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ وَالْحَسَنَةُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا

1805 صحيح البخاري كتاب الصوم باب هل يقول إني صائم إذا شتم

1151 صحيح مسلم كتاب الصيام باب حفظ اللسان للصائم