Fasting in Ramadan is among the deeds that ensures being a close friend of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

Question

Is it correct that whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan will be the true close friend of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)?

 

Answer

This is mentioned in a Hadith recorded by Imam Tabarani as one of the three things a person is required to protect to be the close friend of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

The full Hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whomsoever protects three things will be my close friend [i.e. Allah will take care of him and protect him] and whomsoever is negligent regarding them is my true enemy [i.e Allah will take him to task and punish him]; [They are] Salah, Fasting [in Ramadan] and impurities (janabah) [i.e. ensuring that one takes a compulsory bath after impurities].”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8956. Refer: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3427)

 

See here for the authenticity.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar