The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to make dua saying, “O Allah, I ask You for good actions and for leaving what is disapproved of and for love of the poor. And if You wish to try people, then bring me to You without being tried.”
“When you do fast, do not think that fasting is simply leaving off eating, drinking, and martial relations, for verily the Messenger of Allah said, “How many, indeed, are those who fast yet get nothing out of fasting save hunger and thirst" (Ibn Maja). A complete fast entails restraining every part of the body from what Allah Most High dislikes. You must protect the eye from looking at things that are disliked, the tongue from uttering what does not concern you, the ear from listening to what Allah, the Magnificent and Majestic, has forbidden - for verily the listener is a participant with the speaker, and he counts as one of the two backbiters [the speaker being the other one.]
You must restrain all of the limbs, just as you restrain the stomach and the private parts, for a narration tells us, “Five things break the fast: lying, back-biting, tale-bearing, the false oath, and looking with lust." (Daylami).
And the Prophet said, “Verily fasting is a shield, so if any of you is fasting, he should not engaged in obscene talk nor behave foolishly. Then, if a person is hostile toward him or insults him, he should say, “I am fasting” (Bukhari).
Moreover, you must make every effort to break your fast with lawful food, and not eat so much that you end up eating more than you normally eat every night. There is no difference if you end up eating the same amount, whether you do that in one meal or two. The purpose of fasting is to break your desire and weaken your appetite, so that you can have the strength to increase your taqwa.
If you eat in the evening as much as you missed eating during the late afternoon, then there is no benefit in your fasting, and you have placed a burden on your stomach. There is no container that Allah dislike more than a stomach filled with the lawful.
Now that you understand the meaning of fasting, fast as much as you can, for it is the foundation of acts of worship and the key to that which one draws near to Allah.”
— Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazālī, from his book, Bidaya-tul Hidayah (The Beginning of Guidance).
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“A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.”—Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) [Bukhari]
“He does not belong to us who does not show mercy to our young ones and respect to our old ones, who does not recommend what is reputable and prohibit what is disreputable.”—Prophet Muhammad ﷺ [Tirmidhi]
“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should honour his guest; he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not annoy his neighbours; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is good or keep silent.”—Prophet Muhammad ﷺ [Bukhari, Muslim]
There are two hours on Friday when Duas are answered:
1. One is when Friday leader has completed the sermon and the worshippers are prepared for Friday prayer.
2. The other is the last moments of Friday that is: "When half face of the sun is hidden."
Imam Baqir (a.s.) has said: "On Friday one must keep a time from the beginning of moon until an hour, for the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAW) has said during this hour no servant requests anything from Allah unless his request is granted."