Importance of Intention and Fasting
It was narrated on the authority of Hafsah bint ‘Umar (ra) that the Messenger of Allaah (saw) said: “Whoever does not resolve on fasting before dawn, his fasting is invalid.” [Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi]
In Ramadan, fasting becomes a continual routine and the importance of renewing our intention often slips our mind. We should continually renew our intention and fast only for the Sake of Allah and not to loose weight. Allah says. "Fasting is for Me and I will reward it."
Sufyaan ibn 'Uyaina mentioned that on the Day of Judgement that Allah holds to account his servants and settles the wrong a person did by giving away his good deeds and the only deed that will NOT be given away- is the reward of fasting.
Those who fast, will enter the door of Rayyan. Sahl(ra) narrated that the prophet said. "There is a gate in paradise called Rayyan through which those who fast will enter on the Day of Judgement and no one besides them will enter." However the obligatory fast, is- well-obligatory... so this refers to the fasts that are done voluntarily. The 13,14,15 of every month, Monday and Thursday of every week, and day of Ashoorat and Arafat are voluntary.
Fast with full faith and a sincere intention.
May Allah reward us and accept our actions and intentions. Ameen. #ramadan2015