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Reboot Your Iman This Ramadan

Updated on July 9, 2014

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: Oh people, know that a month is now upon you; know that you are witnessing a month that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala has made sacred; that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala has made obligatory for you to fast during its days. And He has requested that you stand (in prayer) during its nights.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: When Ramadan enters, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic lunar calendar that is the most sacred month of them all. During this month, all of the doors to Hell are closed and chained up and ALL of the door of Heaven are wide open. Also during this month, Shaytan (Satan) and evil beings are locked up. They are not allowed to go around whispering evil things to you nor influencing you to sin and do evil things. It is a month that if you do sin or do bad things then you cannot use Shaytan as a scapegoat; it is all on comes from your own soul.

Know that this is your chance not only to be forgiven for all of your sins, but this is a time that you can reboot and strengthen your faith in obedience to Allah. However, Allah gives us many chances to turn to him in repentance and ask for forgiveness. Here are just a few hadiths to prove this:

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said,

The five (daily) prayers, and from one Friday prayer to the next, and from Ramadan to Ramadan are expiation for sins committed in between provided one stays away from the major sins. [Al-Bukhari]

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said,

Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said

Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said

Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer) in Laylat Al-Qadr out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. [Al-Bukhari]

Keep in mind that Ramadan isn't a free pass to have your sins forgiven. There are three chances that Allah gave us to achieve this. The first thing you need to do before trying to achieve these three chance or opportunities is very important and that is your intention. No matter what sin you have done, it is said that if you repent properly and do as Allah wants you to do then all of your sins will be forgiven. This is huge! But keep in mind that it isn't just about your sincere repentance for the things you have or may have done; it is also about doing as Allah has instructed you to do from now on. In other words, don't consider Ramadan a free pass to be able to sin the rest of the year. Ramadan is your chance to wipe your slate clean and start again by turning back to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala in worship and obedience all year long - not just during Ramadan.



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Three Opportunities to Seek Forgiveness

1. Fast for the sake of Allah Whoever fast the entire month of Ramadan while believing in Allah and hoping that your repentance is accepted and look toward the reward of forgiveness. It is also said that if you perfect your fasting in the month of Ramadan, a special door in Paradise that is opened up for you, called Ar-Rayyan. Fasting is obligatory in Ramadan. It is a part of the five pillars of Islam.

2. Taraweeh Whoever stands at night in night prayer, known as Taraweeh, every single night of Ramadan will have another chance to have their sins forgiven. This is a voluntary prayer and not obligatory. The Prophet (saw) would perform this prayer occasionally in congregation but he did this prayer in his home all the time. In today's time, Muslims are encourage to perform Taraweeh in congregation, but it may be done at home.

3. Laylat al-Qadr Also known as the night of power, it is the night that the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It is one night within the last 10 days of Ramadan that we spend the night in worship of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. It is a night to stand in prayer, reading Qur'an, and performing dhikr for the duration of the night. Some like to try to predict what night this will be but Abu Sa`id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (saw) also said, “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

So, challenge to yourself to reflect on whether you have worshiped and submitted to the will of Allah as He has commanded us to do. Take this Ramadan to stand before Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala in sincere repentance and strive to become closer to Him. Strive to become a better Muslim, not just during the month of Ramadan but the rest of your years.

Just as a computer sometimes needs to reboot, say after some installations or updates, Ramadan is a time to "reboot" your iman. It is a time to strengthen your faith in Allah and His plans for you. It is a time have a chance to wipe the slate clean - to have a second chance - to live your life for the sake of Allah.


© 2014 L Sarhan


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