Fasting “is for Me and I shall reward it”
Imam Bukhari related a hadith Qudsi from Abu Huraira (R) which states Allah said:
“All the actions by the son of Adam are for him except fasting, for verily it is for Me and I shall reward it.”
The prophetic tradition unequivocally asserts the virtue of fasting, for Allah declares it to be for Him. But then one could possibly think that every deed is for Allah and it He whom who rewards all our deed. Then what does the Hadith entails?
On the Day of Judgment, there will be people who come with good deeds as much as mountains, and then these deeds will be distributed among the people who were oppressed by them until when there is nothing left from the good deeds, resulting in taking up the sins of the oppressed. Fasting is an exception from such a catastrophe, for Allah says that “it is for Me and I shall reward it” meaning He will preserve and protect it for the slave, forbidding the oppressed from taking authority over the oppressor’s fasting. It has been reported that Sufyan Ibn Uyaynah said: “When the Day of Resurrection comes, Allaah will bring His slave to account and will settle any scores outstanding from the rest of his deeds, until when there is nothing left but fasting, Allaah will settle the matter and will admit him to Paradise by virtue of his fasting”
Except for fasting, all other deeds are apparent and seen by the people. The hidden nature of fasting, which demands more sincerity both in intention and practice, makes it more virtuous. Allah appreciates the intense sincerity declaring that “verily, he gave up (the slave) his desires, his food and his drink because of Me.”
Asserting that “I shall reward it”, Allah connects the reward for fasting to Himself. Generally, the rewards for righteous deeds are mentioned by number, spreading between ten and seven hundred fold, many times. However, the reward for fasting has not being specified any number. The fact that Allah is most generous of those who are generous, the gift reflects the generosity of the giver make us assume that the reward for fasting will be great without reckoning. And Indeed, Allah knows best.
Fasting embraces three kind of patience; obeying Allah; keeping away from the forbidden and; enduring the decree of Allah, hunger, thirst, and physical and mental weakness, resulting in counting a fasting person one of the patient. The reward for the patient is in its full swing as promised in the Quran “Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account. [39: 10]”
Written based on:
Majaalis Shahr Ramadan of Muhammad Ibn Saalih al- Uthaymeen
Majmoo Fatawaa Fadeelath ash- Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan