10 Beautiful Hadith About Fasting And Its Importance In Islam


Sawm is a BIG part of Islam – it means fasting. We do it during Ramadan, the whole month! No food, no water, sunrise to sunset…sounds hard, but there are hadiths about why it’s important.

Hadith About Fasting In Ramadan 

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

“Allah says, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1904)

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relations with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1904)

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

By Him in Whose Hands my soul is’ The unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk.

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1904)

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because he fasts.

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1904)
hadith about fasting

Narrated Talha bin ‘Ubaidullah:

A bedouin with unkempt hair came to Allah’s Messenger and said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Inform me what Allah has made compulsory for me as regards fasting.” He replied, “You have to fast during the whole month of Ramadan unless you want to fast more as Nawafil.

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1891)

Hadith About Fasting On The Day Of Ashura – 9th And 10th Muharram

Narrated by Ibn Abbas. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

“Fast the day of Ashura (10th Muharram) and be different from the Jews by fasting a day before it or a day after it (i.e., on the 9th or 11th Muharram).”

(Sahih Bukhari, Book 65, Hadith 316).

Hadith About Fasting On Monday And Thursday 

Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

“Deeds are presented on Monday and Thursday, and love that my deeds be presented while I am Fasting”

(Jami at-Tirmidhi 747)

Hadith About Fasting White Days

Abu Tharr reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“O Abu Dharr! When you fast three days out of a month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 761)

Hadith About Fasting On Friday

The Prophet (ﷺ) says:

“None of you should fast on Friday unless he fasts a day before or after it.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1985)


Ramadan fasting is a must, but there are other special fast days, too! Ashura, Mondays and Thursdays…they’re all good for you spiritually. The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us that! It’s a way to be a better Muslim and earn rewards from Allah. And Ramadan? That’s a whole different level – gates of Heaven open, Hell shut tight, all that! Makes you want to be your best self. Also, read Quran verses about Ramadan and fasting.

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari 1899)

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