18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Protect your Fast and Qiyam

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from his fast save hunger, and perhaps the one who stands to pray at night (qiyam-ul-lail) will get nothing from his standing except sleeplessness.” [An-Nasai. Sahih according to Imam Bukhari’s criteria.]

Suppose you made 29 or 30 delicious deserts but then left them out in the open without covering them. When you came back later you found that some lizards, cockroaches and ants were drowned in the sticky deserts, while others were busy helping themselves.

When good deeds are done, then they must be protected. It is easier to do a good deed than it is to protect it.

If you lie, fight, or backbite while fasting, show off your qiyam-ul-lail, or do any such thing that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has forbidden, then you are allowing lizards and roaches to ruin the desserts you worked so hard to make. You don’t want to find out on the Day of Judgement that your desserts were infested and not worthy of being offered to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). May Allah save us from that.

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