Prolonging Your Life

Giving Food to Fasting People

The blessings and benefits of Ramadhan Fasting are too many to be counted. If one does recognize them and realize their importance, he wishes to have the month of Ramadhan to be throughout the whole year. Fasting, prayer, and giving charity will deliver the one who did it in an Islamic way to Allah. These blessings are given by Allah to the fasting Muslims, who are to fast with full faith and expectation. Rasulullah SAW said:

مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا

“Whoever helps break the fast of a fasting person, he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” (Sunan Al-Tirmidhī 807)

One of the good deeds that can be done in Ramadhan and will be greatly rewarded with charity is charity. Ramadhan is a special month for every Muslim around the world. It is the month of forgiveness and a lot of good deeds that can be practised with folded rewards. One of the charities that are very important and unfortunate to miss is to feed the fasting Muslim. The Prophet said:

إِنَّ الصَّائِمَ تُصَلِّي عَلَيْهِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ إِذَا أُكِلَ عِنْدَهُ حَتَّى يَفْرُغُوا

“Verily, angels send blessings upon a fasting person when others eat in their presence until they finish.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 785)

Feeding in this context of charity will also ease and calm Allah’s wrath. Prevent yourself from dying in bad conditions. Of course to save yourself from the sins we made. Charity by giving food or feeding a person who fast will do the same. It will erase the past sins that we have done. So do charity, share with others, and get your sins pardoned. Feeding a fasting person, in particular, is much more rewarding. The Prophet ate them and he said:

أَفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُمْ الصَّائِمُونَ وَأَكَلَ طَعَامَكُمْ الْأَبْرَارُ وَصَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُمْ الْمَلَائِكَةُ

The fasting has broken their fast with you, the righteous have eaten your food, and the angels send blessings upon you.” (Sunan Abi Dawud 3854)

Another benefit you can get by feeding another person who is fasting during the day is that person’s blessing. Be good to another and the other will be good for you. When they are thankful to you and pray for you that is the best reward from another human being. Plus, when in Ramadhan the prayer from the person who is fasting is special because without a doubt Allah will hear that person’s prayer.

How to do Ramadan Fasting for the First Time. Here are some virtues of feeding a fasting person:

  1. Giving an iftar (fast-breaking) meal is very rewarding
  2. Offering foods is more meritorious than giving alms
  3. Feeding a fasting person is much more rewarding
  4. Donate money to assist them with their cause
  5. Deliver themselves towards Allah’s Blessing
  6. Will receive the fruit from the Heaven
  7. Increase your fortune and Blessing
  8. Invite people to join you for an iftar
  9. Separate yourself from the Hellfire
  10. To calm Allah’s Wrath
  11. Prolonging your life
  12. The road to the Holy Heaven
  13. Cool off the heat from our grave
  14. It is very rewarding to feed people
  15. Erase the sins that you do in Dunya
  16. Save yourself from the heat of the Judgement Day
  17. Share with the other brothers and sisters in the masjid
  18. Get the reward and merit as much as the person fasting
  19. Earn yourself a blessing from the person who ate your food
  20. Give out date gift parcels to your friends, family and community

By combining praying (salat), fasting, and giving charities in Islam. Such as feeding those who fast during the day. All of this will deliver the person who did all of that into Allah’s blessing. As Moslem, is that what we all wanted? To be blessed and looked after by the one who is the most powerful being. Rewards for Those who Offering Food for Fasting People From Hadith that Ali Said that The Prophet of Muhammad Said :

“In heaven, there are rooms where the outside is visible from the inside and the inside is visible from the outside.” Then a Badawi Arab stood up saying, “To who are the rooms dedicated to the Messenger of God?” The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam replied, “To the one who says the truth, the one who feeds, and who always fasts and prays at night in man’s sleep.”

A charity such as feeding people who are fasting will not reduce your wealth, but you will be blessed with grace. Remove any danger that will possibly harm you. And in Islam, not being rich is not worthless, Allah will give you something else. Wealth will not stay but merit and good deeds will be forever. As Moslem, we were taught that we are not living just in this moment but in the next eternal realm.

Benefits and rulings:

  • The favour of Allah through opening channels for gaining good deeds; such as urging people to be benevolent towards each other and giving great rewards in return.
  • The virtue of giving the fasting person food to break his fast; whoever does so would have the same reward as the fasting person.
  • Allah The Almighty rewards the person, who gives something for the fasting person to break the fast, from His favour, not from the reward of the fasting person. This is one of the signs of the favour and grace of Allah The Almighty.
  • It indicates the permissibility of accepting the invitation for the Iftaar. Rejecting the invitation out of Wara’ (abstinence from what is permissible) or fearing the decrease of the reward is an exaggeration. The reward of the fasting person does not decrease through breaking the fast by some food given by another person unless the invitation is restricted to the poor and the rejecting person is rich.
  • The injunction to be kind to family members and relatives and to be complaisant toward them through accepting their invitation and breaking fast at their home as Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, did.
  • The intention of the person who gives something for the fasting person to break the fast should be seeking the reward and being hospitable to a Muslim brother by offering him food and something to drink, especially if he is poor.
  • Giving the fasting person some food to break the fast can be in the form of inviting him at home, making food and sending it to him or buying food for him. One should beware of extravagance in this regard especially in our time, where many public tables are offering the fasting people meals to break the fast.
  • If the poor person is given money to buy food and buys food with some of this money and saves the remaining amount of money; it appears that such a person is included in these Hadeeths besides having an outweighing benefit realized for the poor through saving money.

Not only wealth, but charity can also be a lot of things, food, clothes, and everything useful is charity. By doing charity, you create a barrier that will hold hellfire off from you. If you are in Ramadhan, give or share your food with the others who are fasting to break their fast. InsyaAllah, this type of charity will be your barrier.

يَوْمَ هُم بَارِزُونَ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ مِنْهُمْ شَيْءٌ لِّمَنِ الْمُلْكُ الْيَوْمَ لِلَّهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ

“(The) Day they come forth, not is hidden from Allah about them anything. For whom (is) the Dominion this Day? For Allah the One, the Irresistible..” (Surah Ghafir 40:16)

Another benefit of feeding people who fast is the fruit of heaven. You will receive the fruit of heaven along with ar Rafiq al Maktoum or wine, a special wine that is very tasty from heaven. Everybody always shares and give charity, feeding people who fast during the day. They will be looked after by Allah, in their good deeds from their charities. It will block the blazing heat from the sun while we wait for Allah to give the verdict to us.