Reward of feeding the Fasting Person

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

On the authority of Zayd bin Khaalid al-Juhani, may Allaah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet, may Allaah grant him safety and peace, said: “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any deduction coming from the fasting persons reward.” [Collected by At-Tirmidhi and he said: “The hadeeth is sound and authentic.”]

Sheikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says:

“The Chapter: ‘Virtue of the one who feeds a fasting person’ and this is the last of what Imaam an-Nawwawi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, mentions in his book Riyaadh as-Saaliheen related to fasting. This (reward) is from the bounties of Allaah, glorified be He and Most High, upon His servants that He has legislated for them cooperating upon righteousness and piety and from that is feeding the fasting person. This is because the fasting person is commanding with breaking his fast and to hasten in doing so. Therefore if he is assisted upon this, then this is from the blessings of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and this is why the Prophet, may Allaah grant him safety and peace, said: “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any deduction coming from the fasting persons reward.”

The Scholars have differed regarding the meaning of feeding a fasting person. It has been said that the intent by feeding him is with the least that he can break his fast even if it be a tamr (date).

And some scholars have said that the intent by feeding him is to feed him until he becomes full because this is what assists the fasting person the entire night and perhaps he won’t need to eat suhoor. However the apparentness from the hadeeth is that even if a person feeds a fasting person with one date then he will have the like of his reward.

For this reason it is befitting for a person to be diligent upon feeding those who are fasting according to his ability especially when the fasting people are in need due to their poverty or destitution since they cannot find anyone to prepare food for them and the like.”

http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?p=151266

•Additional benefit:

Imaam Abu Ja’far Muhammad bin Jarir at-Tabari, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:

“And from this hadeeth we benefit that everyone who assists a believer upon a righteous action then the assister will have a reward similar to the doer.”

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=131075

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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