Advice: Five gifts from Allah ta’ala were not granted to the (fasting) People before Islam. If only we could truly appreciate how great this bounty from Allah ta’ala really is, we would sincerely try to gain those special favours.
First, we are told that the smell from the mouth of the fasting person is more like-able for Allah ta’ala than the smell of musk. Commentators list eight possible meanings of this. Of these, three are the most acceptable explanation:
(a) Some are of the opinion that, in the akhirah, Allah ta’ala shall reward that smell from the mouth with pleasing odour more sweet and refreshing than musk (al-Dur al-Manthor).
(b) On the day of qiyamah when we shall rise from our graves, a sweet smell shall come form the mouths of those who fasted and that shall be better than musk.
(c) The interpretation that is the most acceptable in my opinion, is the view that in this very world the smell is more pleasing for Allah ta’ala than musk. This shows the ties of love between Allah ta’ala and His fasting slaves.
We all know that even a disagreeable smell from a person whom one loves truly and sincerely is in itself attractive to the lover, who in this case is Allah ta’ala Himself. What is indicated is the closeness to Allah ta’ala of the fasting person.
Fasting is one of the most appreciated forms of worship of Allah ta’ala sight and for this reason a Hadith states that the reward for every deed is brought by the angels, but Allah ta’ala says: “The reward for fasting , I Myself will give, because it is for Me alone.”