Category Archives: Ibn Hajar Asqalani

Faith and expectancy

The meaning of “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith, and awaiting his reward…”:

“What is meant by ‘out of faith’ is that he (the believer) deeply believes in fasting being an obligation, and ‘awaiting his reward’ is that he seeks the reward from Allah.

Al-Khattabi said: “This means he should be energetic and wilful and should fast with the hope of getting a reward and purifying his soul, and he should not look at fasting as a burden, and should not be counting the days until Ramadan is over.””

Notes from ‘Kitab as-Sawm’ in Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani’s ‘Fath al-Bari’ (4/1230)