Acceptance of Du`a
After performing good deeds generally, supplications are more likely to be accepted. Fasting, however, is such a beloved act in the Eyes of Allah that He promises to accept a supplication made by one who has endured hunger for His sake. Abu Hurairah (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: the fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just ruler, and the supplication of the oppressed” [at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban].
`Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn al-`Aas (saw) also reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Indeed there is for the fasting person when he breaks his fast a supplication which is not rejected” [Ibn Majah, al-Hakim and others].
And if the above is true for the prayer of the one who has fasted, what about the plea made by the act of fasting itself? `Abdullah ibn `Amr (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted” [Ahmad].
Indeed, those who are blessed with the ability to fast frequently have a special status before Allah (swt). Sahl ibn Sa’d (saw) reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “Verily, there is in Paradise a gate named Rayyan. Those who fast shall enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and no-one else will enter through it with them. It will be said, ‘Where are those who fasted?’, then they shall enter it. When the last one of them has passed through the gate, it will be locked and none shall be able to enter it thereafter” [al-Bukhari and Muslim].
By: Shaykh Shafi Choudury