It is proven in the hadith that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied between ten and seven hundred times. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for My sake.”
Narrated by Muslim (1151)
Understanding the Hadith of Great Rewards
In the commentaries of this Hadith that has been put forward from scholars across the centuries is that whereas other deeds can be multiplied several hundred times if Allah (SWT) wills it, the reward for fasting has no bounds placed on it, meaning Allah (SWT) can give as much reward for it as possible. The virtue of the reward for fasting is that Allah (SWT) attributed it to himself meaning that it can exceed way past seven hundredfold. One of the great scholars of Islam Ibn Al-Arabi (May Allah have Mercy on him) stated that Allah (SWT) our Great lord has informed mankind that the reward for righteous deed can be multiplied by a factor between 1 and seven hundred times but He in His infinite mercy has withheld the knowledge regarding the reward that comes from patience. In the Quran Allah (SWT) the Almighty says, “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning” [az-Zumar 39:10], and keeping this in mind it must be easy to understand that Fasting is a type of patience in which a person refrains from physical desires of food and drink.
Fasting is the one thing in the above mentioned Hadith that Allah (SWT) has singled out for He has said that He will reward those who fast for Allah’s (SWT) sake Himself. However one distinction is that compared to other deeds whose rewards may be multiplied, the reward of fasting is unimaginable. Sheikh Sa’di(May Allah have Mercy on him) has stated that to those that fast in the month of Ramadan, Allah (SWT) will reward them with that which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard nor has it ever crossed the mind of man.
What to do to earn Allah’s favour?
Now with a clear understanding of the rewards that Ramadan brings with itself, here is the best course of action that Muslims should follow during this holy month:
1. Repent – though repentance is encouraged and obligatory at all times, due to the nature of this blessed month it is even more important for Muslims to repent from sins in front of Allah (SWT). It is always a good idea to repent as much as a person can before Ramadan starts in the hopes of beginning this holy month with a clean heart and busy him or herself in the worship of Allah (SWT).
2. Quran – Recite the Quran as much as you can. If there are good teacher from whom a person can learn then he or she should. For those that do not have access to such teachers should get in touch with online Quran tutor, Online Quran teacher or with a school that provides or a person who provides services such as a Quran teacher online.
3. Learn and Reflect – For those that have no access to Islamic institutes, an online Quran tutor and online Quran Teacher can help in understanding the religion of Islam better so it is best to get in touch with people services of being Quran teacher online.