Today is seventeenth ramadhan of 1430, the day of Nuzul Quran. The day Al-Quran was settled down to our noble Prophet (s.a.w). It contains beautiful words arranged in wonderful manners. Subhanallah! Moreover, it was perfected in the second phase of ramadhan, quest of maghfirah. It’s the phase of forgiveness from Allah the All-Forgiving. Amazing, huh? Ar-Raheem sent Al-Quran as rahmah and forgiveness for the believers!
Let us take a few look about this phase from Al-Ghafoor.
In a hadith, narrated by Abu Huraira (RA),
The Prophet said:
"… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven."
In other hadith, collected by At-Tarmidhi,
Anas (r.a) said,
"I heard Allah’ Messenger (s.a.w) saying: “Allah, the Almighty said: ‘O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were yours sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it is.’"
Dear friends, how sinful we are. We wake in the morning without thanking Al-Wahhab for the life He gives. We walk on His earth with so much proud of who we are. We live on His sustenance but never admit His rights. We ask from Him for good fortunes yet we whine when He don’t provide us what we want. We make promises without mentioning “God willing”, as if we can do everything we desire without His permission. We go to sleep without saying His highness names, as if we are going to live the next day. Don’t you ever remember? Don’t you feel guilty? Don’t you feel that you are His slave?
But He, The Gracious loves us. We do sins, but He does not angry with us. He still gives us chances. He let us live and provides us with all that we need. Among the months He gives us, He gives us Ramadhan is the time when all our supplications are answered by Allah. Ask Him anything you want but first and foremost, ask from Him forgiveness. Hence, He the All-Forgiving will forgive you without any condition. The key is, we have to fast with sincere faith with the hope to attain Allah’s reward. Then, He will forgive us our past sins. With such intensions, we continuously remind and motivate ourselves to strive harder to attain His forgiveness.
Indeed Allah has blessed His slaves with certain seasons of goodness, in which hasanat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied, sayyi'at (bad deeds) are forgiven, people's status is raised and the hearts of the believers turn to their Lord. Those who purify themselves attain success and those who corrupt themselves fail. O Allah, how generous You are!