Ramadhaan is not just about hungry days and long nights in the Masjid. It is not an excuse for laziness or weakness. To the contrary it is a time for strength and to exert one’s effort in the worship of Allah. Two of the greatest victories for Muslims happened in Ramadhaan, the victory at Badr and the conquest of Makkah, the centre of the Muslim world and the focus of Muslims throughout the world.
The real purpose of Ramadhaan is to come out a better person at the end of the month.
Ramadhaan cleans away the sins that may have accumulated over the year. At the end of the month a Muslim should hope to be forgiven and saved from the hellfire. There are several ways of achieving forgiveness, through fasting, praying at night, reading the Qur’an, feeding the poor, and so on.
The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadhaan with Eemaan and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)
The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam is also reported to have said, “Whoever prays during Ramadhaan with Eemaan and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)
To achieve forgiveness through these actions two conditions must be met:
1. Complete and truthful Eemaan
2. A desire for the reward from Allah ʹazza wa jal
-Ustadh Abu Talha