RAMADHAN 8: Action by which he may enter Paradise

Abu Umamah, may Allah be pleased with him, asked the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, to tell him of an action by which he may enter Paradise. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said,

"Take to fasting, there is nothing like it." [An-Nisa'i, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim. Sahih]

In this hadith, the Prophet, peace be upon him, singled out fasting when asked about a deed that leads its doer to the best of rewards, Paradise. This fact alone is sufficient for us to understand the greatness of fasting. Mere knowledge of the importance and superiority of fasting. However, is not enough for a Muslim to attain Allah's pleasure and then, if Allah wills, His great reward. Indeed, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

"Perhaps a person fasting will receive nothing from his fasting except hunger and thirst."
Ibn Majah, Ad-Darimi, Ahmad and Al-Bayhaqi. Sahih

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