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Ramadān and The Importance of Forgiveness


Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

Every year, as soon as the Ramadān moon is sighted, phone calls, text messages and visits start pouring in. Muslims around the world wish each other a blessed month of worship and pray that Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) forgive all of their sins in this blessed month. Ramadān is a month in which even those who do not worship regularly make extra effort to seek Allah’s forgiveness.
Angel Jibreel (Alayhi as salaam) once supplicated that anyone who did not take advantage of the month of Ramadān to earn Allah’s forgiveness should enter Hell and the Messenger (SalAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said ‘Aameen’ to that supplication
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ascended the minbar and said: “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the minbar and said, ‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.” He said: “Jibreel came to me and said: ‘If Ramadān comes and a person is not forgiven, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. (….) —
[ibn Hibbaan, Saheeh Al-Albani]

This hadith shows us the importance of seeking Allah’s forgiveness in the month of Ramadān. Failing to do so out of negligence will result in entering Hell. May Allah protect us all. Fortunately, there are many great opportunities for Muslims to forgive each other and be forgiven by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. A few of them are listed below:

1. Forgive others every night

In the Qur’an, Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’alaa asks us in more than one instance to forgive and overlook what others might have done to us:

“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah… ”
{Surah Ash-Shuurah 42: Verse 40}

A companion of the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alayhi wa salaam) was promised Jannah because he would forgive others every night-

The Messenger of Allah Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam was sitting with a group of the Sahabah (RadiAllahu anhum) in the mosque and he said “A man will now enter [who is] from the people of Paradise.” and a sahabi (companion) walked in. Later it happened again, and then a third time. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-’aas (RadiAllahu anhu) wanted to find out what was so special about this man, so he asked the man if he could stay over his house for 3 days. The man allowed him to stay. ‘Abdullah noticed that the man didn’t do anything out of the ordinary: He didn’t fast all the time, he slept some of the night and prayed some of the night, and so on. So after the 3 days, ‘Abdullah told him the real reason why he requested to stay with him, and he asked him what it was that could be the reason why he was from the people of Jannah. The man (radiAllahu anhu) couldn’t think of anything, but after a bit he said “Every night, before I go to sleep, I forgive whoever has wronged me. I remove any bad feelings towards anyone from my heart.”
[Kitab al-Zuhd by Ibn al-Mubarak – Number 694]

SubhanAllah! Forgiving others is such a powerful act; it allows us to free our hearts from grudges and resentment and at the same time allows us to earn a place in Jannah.

2. Performing the Night Prayer in Ramadān with Faith and Seeking Allah’s Reward

“Whoever stands (in prayer) in Ramadān out of Iman and seeking Allah’s reward then his past and future sins are forgiven.”
[Saheeh. an-Nasaa’i.]

3. Fasting in Ramadān

“Whoever fasts Ramadān out of Iman and seeking Allah’s reward then his past and future sins are forgiven.”
[Hasan, Ahmad. Declared Hasan by adh-Dhahabi, as mentioned in al-Mughni (5876)]

4. After Eating and While Wearing Clothes

Once we break our fast and we finish eating, we should remember to praise Allah and thank Him. Praising Him will in turn earn us the forgiveness of our previous sins. Dressing up while praising our Creator also allows us to be forgiven as per the following hadith-

“Whoever ate food and then said, ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’, is forgiven his past sins. And whoever wears a garment and says, ‘Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this (garment) and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’, is forgiven his past and future sins.”
[Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, al-Bukhari in al-Kabeer, al-Hakim, Ibn Sunni and Ahmad]

Muslims have so many opportunities to be forgiven in Ramadān that after reflection, one can understand the du’aa of Jibreel (Alayhi As Salaam). Only the hard- hearted and unbelieving can go through such a blessed month and not earn the forgiveness of Ar-Rahman. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’alaa save us from such a fate. May He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’alaa) count us among those forgiven. Ameen Ya Mujeeb!
What are some other practical steps you will take to forgive others and seek Allah’s forgiveness this Ramadān?

Authored by Arty
Edited and Dafted by Sana Abdul Samad

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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