Fasting Only Fifty Percent


by Asma bint Shameem [iloveAllaah.com Exclusive Writer]

What if you hire someone to do something for you, but they only do part of the job and leave the rest incomplete? Will you recompense them fully for a job completed?

And what do you think a teacher would say if a student turns in only some of his homework and fails to do the rest of it? Will he get full marks for it?

And what about a child who is supposed to clean his whole room, but he only cleans HALF of it? Do you think he did what was required of him? Would you reward him for a job well done?

The answer to all of the above is an obvious NO.

That’s because they did not complete what they were supposed to do and only did part of it. And thus they do not deserve to be fully rewarded.

Similarly, my dear sister, is the case when you fast but you don’t wear hijaab.

Yes, that’s right.

Do you realize, dear sister, that by not wearing hijaab, you are only doing part of the job and not doing whole of it?

You see, just as much as fasting is a fard (obligation) on you, in like manner, the hijab is also, just as equally, fard on you.

The One Who made the FAST an obligation on you and me is the same Lord Who also made the HIJAAB an obligation on you and me.

Allaah says: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. over themselves) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women, or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]

And there are so many other ayaat and ahaadeeth that clearly order believing women to cover themselves.

Do you not want to be one of them?

Don’t you want to obey the One who created you, gave you life, food, health, family, friends and everything that you know and don’t know of ??!!

Masha Allaah, you work so hard in Ramadhaan.

You wake up for suhoor, you fast all day, you take care of your family. You cook, you clean, you do all your chores. You are tired yet you stand at night for Taraaweeh. You’re exhausted, yet you take time out to read the Qur’aan. May Allaah accept all your good deeds and sincere effort.

But, my dear sister, do you realize that by not observing hijaab, you only get part of the reward of all your hard work and not 100 percent of it?

The scholars tell us: “If a woman does not wear hijaab, then she is disobeying her Lord thereby, but her fast is still valid, because sins, including not wearing hijaab, do not invalidate the fast, but they detract from its reward, and may cause it to be lost altogether.”

Realize, dear sister, that not wearing hijaab is a sin and sins may take away some or all of the reward, and the fasting person may be left with nothing from his fast apart from hunger and thirst.

Rasul Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“It may be that the fasting person gets nothing from his fast apart from hunger, and it may be that the one who prays qiyaam at night may get nothing from his qiyaam but a sleepless night.” (Ibn Majah-authentic)

And he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhaari)

Imagine! All that hard work…..all that effort you put into fasting, and some or even all of it may be lost!
What a terrible loss indeed!

And just because you didn’t cover yourself the way your Rabb, your Creator, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, orders you to.

Do remember, that the purpose of fasting is not just to give up food and drink, but to attain piety. The real aim is to stay away from sins and those deeds that displease Allaah. And to train oneself to obey Allaah and submit to Him.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

So submit to Allaah fully. Obey Him in wearing hijaab, just like you obey Him in fasting and praying.

Don’t let the Shaytaan keep you away from getting full reward for all your hard work in Ramadhaan. Let your fasting motivate you to obey Allaah and keep away from that which He has forbidden.

Use this perfect chance for you to start wearing hijaab….

no, not from tomorrow…..but from today.

“And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. saved from Hell‑fire and admitted to Jannah)” (al-Ahzaab 33:71)

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