Consequences Of Intentionally Breaking The Fast On Earth And In The Hereafter

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory upon all Muslims except breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women, children, elderly and critically ill. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and a blessing to humanity. Whilst fasting, Muslims are expected to desist from eating, drinking, smoking and abstain from any form of sexual contact with their spouses or anything that will invalidate their fast from sunrise to sunset.
Inability or failure to maintain these terms while fasting from the commencement time to the termination time renders one’s fast invalid and prone to face the consequences except if done unintentionally or for reasons better known to Allah.
Breaking the fast intentionally has severe consequences both in Dunya (on earth) and akhirah (hereafter). This article looks into these consequences in an attempt to enlighten the ummah about the dangers of doing so.

#1.In the Akhira (Afterlife)

Abu Umaamah Al-Baahili (RA) said: I heard the Prophet say
“Whilst I was sleeping, two men came to me and took hold of my upper arm, and brought me to a rugged mountain. They said: Climb up.’ I said: I cannot do it.’ They said: We will make it easy for you.’ So I climbed up until I was at the top of the mountain. There I heard loud voices. I said: What are these voices?’ They said: This is the screaming of the people of Hell.’ Then I was taken and I saw people suspended by their ankles, with the corners of their mouths torn and pouring with blood. I said: Who are these?’ They said: These are the people who broke their fast before it was time to do so”.
[Ibn Kuzaimah, Ibn Hibbaan! Wa Sahihahu Al-Albaani].

#2. In Dunya (This life)

Today, there are two basic requirements for anybody who breaks his fast intentionally, the third was to free a slave but since we are now in the 21st century that won’t is possible.
The first alternative is to seek forgiveness, and then Fast two months consecutively (non-stop, one after the other) with the exception of the Eid day and if broken the whole circle most start all over again. Secondly, if the person can’t fast 2 consecutive months, he or she will have to feed sixty poor people; either feed one needy person for 60 days or 2 people for 30 days.

Narrated Abu Hurairah (r):
“While we were sitting with the Prophet (saws), a man came and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! I have been ruined.” Allah’s Apostle (saws) asked what was the matter with him.
He replied, “I had sexual intercourse with my wife while I was fasting.”
Allah’s Apostle (saws) asked, “Can you afford to manumit a slave?”
He replied in the negative.
Allah’s Apostle (saws) asked him, “Can you fast for two successive months?”
He replied in the negative.
The Prophet (saws) asked him, “Can you afford to feed sixty poor persons?”
He replied in the negative.
The Prophet (saws) kept silent and while we were in that state, a big basket full of dates were brought to the Prophet (saws).
He asked, “Where is the questioner?”
He replied, “I (am here).”
The Prophet (saws) said (to him),
“Take this (basket of dates) and give it to charity.”
The man said, “Should I give it to a person poorer than I? By Allah (SWT); there is no family between its (i.e. Medina’s) two mountains who are poorer than I.”
The Prophet (saws) smiled till his pre-molar teeth became visible and then said, “Feed your family with it”.

The next time you want to intentionally break or terminate your fast, take a moment to reason in the first place. This fasting is not intended to make you suffer, it’s strictly for your own benefit; to teach you to have self-control, self-discipline and help you get rid of habits you acquired along the line in the year. Allah (SWT) have nothing to gain from your fast and will never want anything from you aside from those things he ordered you to do; worship him and him alone.

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