Hadith on Fasting: Rewards of a Single Day’s Fasting

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 2840
Narrated Abu Sa`id: I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.”

  • This hadith highlights the immense reward and protection from Hellfire that is promised to those who observe fasting sincerely for the sake of Allah. It signifies the significance and blessings of fasting in Islam. However, it is important to note that while fasting holds great merit and brings numerous rewards, it is not the sole criterion for salvation in Islam. Islamic teachings emphasize the importance of adhering to a comprehensive set of moral and ethical principles outlined in the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Qur’an clearly prohibits actions such as the murder of innocent individuals, engaging in adultery or fornication, and associating partners with Allah in worship. These prohibitions are mentioned in various verses of the Qur’an, some of which I will provide for your reference:

  1. Prohibition of murder: “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” (Qur’an 5:32)
  2. Prohibition of adultery: “And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.” (Qur’an 17:32)
  3. Prohibition of associating partners with Allah: “Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills.” (Qur’an 4:48)

These verses, along with many others, illustrate the importance of following the ethical and moral teachings of Islam in addition to observing acts of worship such as fasting. Islam teaches a holistic approach to spirituality and salvation, encompassing both acts of worship and righteous conduct towards others.