Years ago I heard a fabulous Hadith, a tradition from the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing s of God upon him.
Abu Hurairah (May God be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of God upon him) said: “Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied, a Hasanah (a good deed) will be multiplied to ten its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, said: ‘Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for my sake.’ The fasting person will have two moments of joy: Joy when he breaks his fast, and joy when he meets his Lord. And indeed the smell of his mouth is better to Allah than the fragrance of musk.” [The Book of Fasting: Sahih Muslim]
Today I experienced this first moment of joy when I broke my fast. I was not particularly hungry or thirsty, but a little run down and tired. However when I bit into that date my mouth danced! And when I drank that cool water, my throat was beyond what words could explain. A smile came across my face and I was so happy. Not that I broke my fast, but that I was experiencing what God said would be one of the two moments of joy. I can’t even imagine what the other must be like for the fasters.