x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

The joy and rewards of fasting for worshippers

This week's Friday sermon is about harvesting the fruits of Ramadan.

Fasting is the greatest of all obligations during Ramadan - so much so that no one even knows the extent of its rewards, Muslims will be told in today's sermon. It sites a hadith by the Prophet Mohammed that says: "Fasting is Mine, and it is I who give reward for it.

"[A man] gives up his sexual passion, his food and his drink for my sake. Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys - a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord.

"The change in the breath of the mouth of him who fasts is better in Allah's estimation than the smell of musk."

"Fasting makes the person feel Allah observing him in secrecy and in public, and patience to follow obligations, and remain ethical and have good manners, and avoiding what Allah forbids," the sermon says.

Other fruits the Muslim should take advantage of during the holy month include taraweeh and midnight prayers.

The Prophet Mohammed said: "Whoever prays qeyam [night prayers] in Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven."

Worshippers will also be encouraged to spend more on charity, as the rewards of good deeds are doubled. The sermon will also remind Muslims of the different types of zakat.

hdajani@thenational.ae