Forgiveness in the Month of Ramadan

Abu Hurayra (May Allah be pleased with him) reported the following from the Noble Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him):

"When the first night of the month of Ramadan comes, devils and rebellious jinn are fastened by chains. The gates of Hell are closed; none of its doors is kept open. As for the gates of Paradise, they are opened widely and none of them is kept closed.

A call which every Muslim feels in their hearts spreads:

O the ones who are eager to do favors, do good deeds!

O the ones who desire evil, control yourselves!

There will be many people whom God saves from Hell tonight. This situation is repeated at every night of the month of Ramadan." (Bukhari, Sawm: 5; Bad’u’l-Halk: 11; Muslim, Siyam: 2; Nasai, Siyam: 5)

When the month of Ramadan comes, we, virtually, see that the devils are enchained. People turn towards worshipping more than ever. They fast, recite the Quran and mosques are filled with believers.

Everyone starts to feel the excitement of Ramadan. Numerous people who could not constrain themselves from sins repent and turn towards their Sustainer. They take refuge in His mercy. Hotbed of sins and similar places lose their customers and some of them go bankrupt.

All of them show that the activities of devils have decreased. They cannot seduce people as much as before; they cannot shoot arrows of doubt into the believers’ hearts.

It means that they are enchained immaterially. Therefore, when people turn towards the mercy of Allah in this way, there is no need for the gates of Hell to be opened.

Now, the gates of forgiveness and mercy are open. Because of the increase of activities, deeds, prayers concerning Paradise, lights are started to be sent from this transitory world to the real world and that is why the gates of Paradise are opened widely without being closed.

The Month of Ramadan is Purifying

According to the narrative reported by Ebu Said al-Khudrî (May Allah be pleased with him), the Noble Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him) said:

"Verily, the month of Ramadan is the month of my community. Some of them get sick and others visit them.

If a Muslim fasts without lying and slandering, breaks his fast through licit foods, fulfils the religious duties and goes to mosque at night for Isha and before sunrise for Fajr ,early morning, prayers, he recovers himself from his sins as a snake sloughs its skin." (At-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, 2:442)

According to another narrative reported by Abu Said al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him), the Noble Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him) said:

"If a person fasts in the month of Ramadan, justifies his fasting by carrying out the commands of Allah and by avoiding what He prohibited and if he abstains from what should be abstained, he will be purified from his previous sins." (Bayhaqi, 4:304)

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