Fasting and making Du'aa

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Question:

Does Fasting got to do with thanking Allah? e.g. hard good news decided to fast.
Some Du'aa comes with numbers (e.g. read this Du'aa x7 or x40 or x100 times then you will see miracle).  What if you don't say it that many times as required?
 
Fatwa:
 
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.  
 
Being grateful and thankful to Allah is by remembering Him with the tongue, heart and limbs.
 
Remembering Him with the heart is to believe that the blessings that are bestowed on you are by the Grace of Allah. Allah Says (what means): {And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah.} [16:53].
 

 

Remembering Him with the tongue is to mention the blessings of Allah on you, ascribing them to Him, and not to show off and exalt oneself over other people. Allah Says (what means): {And proclaim the Grace of your Lord.} [93:11].
 
Remembering Him with the limbs is to use these bounties in the obedience of Allah. Allah Says (what means): {Work you, O family of Daawood, with thanks.} [34:13].
 
There is no doubt that fasting is one of the most important acts of worship of the limbs. It is indeed a way of being grateful to Allah. You have to know, dear brother, that no matter to what extent a person performs acts of obedience, he can never be grateful about all the bounties that Allah blessed him/her with, as Allah Says (what means): {And if you count the favours of Allah, never could you be able to count them.} [16:18].
 
As regards the second question, the supplications (and remembrance) that Allah has legislated to be said according to a given number, have to be complied with. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: ''He who visits a sick person whose appointed time of death has not yet come, and says seven times: ''I ask Allah, Al-'Atheem (The Greatest), the Lord of the magnificent Throne to cure you, except that he is cured from his disease.''
 
So this supplication and others have to be complied with regarding the number of times that they have to be said. If a supplication is not said according to its specific number, it might not be of the same excellence as if it is said exactly according to the number specified.
 
Finally we draw the attention of the questioner that we do not know of a supplication in the Sunnah that has to be said 40 times. As regards the saying of the questioner 'then you will see a miracle' we do not understand what he means by this.
 
Allah Knows best.
 
Fatwa answered by:The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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