Commemorating The Life and Legacy of Imam Abdullah Haron

Fasting is for Me, 11 Lessons on the Virtues of Fasting – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this talk and presentation, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani expands on the various virtues and rewards of fasting. Shaykh Faraz bases his presentation on the seminal work (Siraj al – Talibeen) of the great Andalusian scholar, Qadi Abū Bakr ibn al-‘Arabī.

In this work, Qadi Abū Bakr discusses and describes the numerous qualities of a believer. One of these qualities is the state of fasting. Fasting is considered a prime act of the believer because it is a station of gratitude. Its reward is known only to Allah.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied, a Hasanah(good deed) will be multiplied from ten to seven hundred times. Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, said: ‘Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for my sake.’ The fasting person will have two moments of joy: Joy when he breaks his fast, and joy when he meets his Lord. And indeed the smell of his mouth is better to Allah than the fragrance of musk.” [The Book of Fasting: Sahih Muslim]
 Based on the above narration, Qadi Abū Bakr lists 11 virtues and merits of fasting. Shaykh Faraz expounds on these 11 virtues and why fasting has a unique station with Allah. Furthermore, he reminds the audience that the station of fasting can be elevated if one refrains from backbiting, trivial discussions, and vulgar talk. The aspiration of a believer should be to attain complete consciousness of Allah.

In closing, Shaykh Faraz advises the audience of increasing in supererogatory fasts, and the importance of being consistent when trying to achieve a worthy goal and objective.