Praise be to Allaah.
Al-Bukhaari (1903, 6057) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with
him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon
it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.”
The phrase “false speech” includes lying, backbiting, spreading slander and
bearing false witness, and every kind of speech that is haraam.
Acting upon it means doing evil and immoral actions. See Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi.
Ignorance means committing all kinds of sins. This was the view of al-Sindi in
Haashiyat Ibn Maajah.
With regard to the phrase “Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink”, Ibn
Battaal said: This does not mean that he is to be told to stop fasting, rather it is a warning against false speech and the other things mentioned
along with it… this is an indication that (his fast) is not accepted… what is meant is that a fast that is contaminated with falsehood is rejected
and that a fast that is free of that is aceepted.
Ibn al-‘Arabi said: This hadeeth implies that whoever does the things mentioned
here will not be rewarded for his fast. What is meant is that the reward for fasting cannot outweigh the sin of false speech and the other things
What is meant is that all sins have an effect on the fast and thus reduce the
reward for fasting. The reward may be cancelled out altogether if there are too many sins.
So you have to continue to strive against yourself until you give up this evil
habit. Every time you sin you have to repent and seek forgiveness, for the one who repents from sin is like one who did not sin at all.
May Allaah help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.