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08-20-2011, 03:22 PM
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Shaykh Bin Baaz (rahimahullah) mentions: "In fasting there are many benefits and tremendous wisdom. From the benefits and wisdom [found in fasting] are [the likes of]: purification of [ones] soul and a refining and cleansing of it from evil characteristics and vile attributes like: wickedness, ungratefulness and miserliness. And fasting makes the soul accustom to noble characteristics like: patience, forbearance, generosity and honor; and [it brings about] a struggle [against ones] soul in that which pleases Allah; and it brings [one] closer to Allah. And from the benefits of fasting is that it acquaints the slave with himself [or herself] and his [or her] needs, weakness and poorness in relation to his [or her] lord; and it reminds him [or her] of the tremendous bounties [that] Allah has placed upon him [or her] and it also reminds him [or her] of the needs of his brothers [or sisters] who are poor, so this obliges him [or her] to be thankful to Allah, glorified is He. [Thus, one] seeks to use the bounties Allah [has granted him or her] to aid them upon obedience to Allah and as a comfort [for] his [or her] poor brothers [or sisters] and [as a means for] kindness toward them. And indeed Allah, Glorified and Most High is He, has alluded to these benefits in his, [The] Mighty and Majestic, statement:

[يأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ} [البقرة: 183}

{Oh you who believe fasting has been legislated upon you as it was legislated upon those before you, in hopes that you would attain piety} [2:183], so [Allah], Glorified is He, has made clear [that] surely He has predestined fasting upon us, for us to fear Him, Glorified is He. So this is a proof upon [the fact] that fasting is a means to [achieve] (Taqwa) Piety/Righteousness. And Taqwa is: obedience to Allah and his Messenger (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam) by doing what [Allah and his Messenger (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam)] has ordered and leaving off that which [Allah and his Messenger (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam)] has forbade [us] from, [carrying this out] upon sincerity for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic, [while having] love [for Allah and his Messenger (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam)], desiring Allah and [being in] awe of Him. And by this the slave is sheltered from Allah's anger and His punishment. So fasting is a tremendous branch from the branches of piety and a [way to attain] closeness to (Al-Mawlaa) The Master, The Mighty and Majestic, and a strong device to [achieve] righteousness in the remaining affairs of the religion and the world. Indeed the Prophet (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam) alluded to some benefits of fasting in his (sAllahu 'alayhi was salam) statement: (( Oh youth, whom ever [amongst] you has the ability to get married, then let him get married, for surely it is most helpful in lowering [ones] gaze and most helpful in saving [ones] private part; and whom ever does not have the ability to get married, then upon him is to fast, for surely it is for him a shield.)) Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim [rahimahumAllah]. So the Prophet, 'alayhi salaatu was salaam, clarified that fasting is a shield for the fasting person and a means of purification and chastity for him [or her]. And this is not so except [by fasting]. Because the devil circulates through [the] son[s and daughters] of Aadam ('alayhi salaam) [like] the flowing of blood, and fasting restricts that circulation [of the devil]. And [fasting] reminds [one] of Allah and His greatness, so [it] weakens the influence of the devil and strengthens the power of [ones] faith and increases as a result of it the obedience of the believer, [while] decreasing [his or her] disobedience.
Also from the benefits of fasting is verily it cleanses the body of evil elements and [one] gains good health and strength [as a result of it], as many doctors acknowledge and they [use] it to cure many ailments." *(1)

Shaykhuna Saalih Al-Fawzaan (hafithahullah) mentions: Fasting, "verily in it is a purging and cleansing of the soul of evil mixture and vice-like characteristics; because it restricts the circulation of the devil in the body of the human-being,..., so when [one] eats or drinks, his [or her] soul becomes vulnerable to desires, the soul's will is weakened and the desire for worship decreases, [while] fasting [does] the opposite of that. And in fasting is asceticism of the world and its lust and desire for the after-life." *(2)

Translators Note: That which is between the [ ] has been added, by the translator, to complete the English meaning in the translation.

(1) Al-Mufeed fee Majaalisi Shahr-ur-Ramadhaan, lee samaahat-il-Imaam Abdul-Azeez bin Abdillah bin Baaz, pgs. # 29 & 30
(2) Al-Mulakhas-ul-Fiqhee lee Ma'aalee-sh-Shaykh Doctor Saalih bin Fawzaan Al Fawzaan, volume 1, pgs. 289 & 290

Translator: Abu Abdil-Alim Amin Manning