…SubhanAllah! the sufrahs spread in Masjid al-Haram every Monday, Thursday and white days of each month fill the Mataf and extend way back beyond the Ottoman arches…the site brings such joy to the heart and the soul dances in delight as the scene unfolds and the fragrance of Sabr fills the air…
The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, and when he was asked why that is, he replied; “The deeds of the one are lifted to Allah in these days, and I like mine to be lifted while I am fasting.” He SallAllahu alaihi wasallam also said about fasting Mondays; “This is a day I was born in.” He SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said about fasting days in general for the sake of Allah Ta’ala; “Whoever fast a day for the sake of AllahTa’ala, He will distance him from Hellfire for a 70-year-walking distance.” (Bukhari)
Abu Zharr al-Ghafari RadhiAllahu anhu reported: “The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam ordered us to fast for three days of every month–that is, on the days of the full moon (the 13th, 14th, and 15th of the lunar month). And he said: ‘It is like fasting the whole year.’ ” (an-Nasa’i and by Ibn Hibban, who called it sahih)
Sahl bin Sa’d RadhiAllahu anhu reported Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam as saying: In Paradise there is a gate which is called Rayyan through which only the observers of fast would enter on the Day on Resurrection. None else would enter along with them. It would be proclaimed: Where are the observers of fast that they should be admitted into it? -and when the last of them would enter, it would be closed and no one would enter it. (Bukhari)
Abu Huraira RadhiAllahu anhu reported Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam as saying: Fasting is a shield. (Bukhari)
Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu anhu reported the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam as saying: Every good deed of the son of Adam would be multiplied, a good deed receiving a tenfold to seven hundredfold reward. Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, has said: With the exception of fasting, for it is done for Me and I will give a reward for it, for one abandons his passion and food for My sake. There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts, joy when he breaks it, and joy when he meets his Lord, and the breath of the one fasting is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. (Bukhari)
‘Abdullah bin’Amr RadhiAllahu anhu said that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: Fasting and the Qur’an will both intercede for a believer on the Day of Judgement. Fasting will say, “O Lord, I denied him food and sexual pleasure during the day, so accept my intercession for him.” And the Qur’an will say, “O Lord, I denied him rest and sleep at night, so accept my intercession for him.” Then Allah will accept the intercession of both. (Bayhaqi)
…one sees brothers returning home with bags containing empty flasks that would have provided Arabic coffee to thousands…wheelchairs, trolleys and large baskets of bread, dates, yogurt and coffee are taken into Haram on the Sunnah fasting days…Masha’Allah the rewards piling so high for all those feeding a fasting person…while the one fasting earns the merit of 100,000 fasts, SubhanAllah!
…and not that believers need any proof regarding the great benefits of regular Sunnah fasting, it is nevertheless fascinating to read that scientists recommend fasting for two days a week to facilitate protection against brain diseases…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.