Does Ramadan erase the sins committed up to the next Ramadan?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

A hadith regarding the issue is as follows:

“The five daily prayers, one Friday prayer to the next Friday prayer, and Ramadan to next Ramadan are expiations for the sins committed in between provided one shuns the major sins.” (Muslim, Taharah 16, see Muslim, Taharah 14, 15)

It is understood from the verses of the Quran that some deeds of worship become a means of forgiveness for minor sins:

“For those things, that are good remove those that are evil:” (Hud, 11/114)

“If ye (but) eschew the most heinous of the things which ye are forbidden to do, We shall expel out of you all the evil in you, and admit you to a gate of great honor.” (an-Nisa, 4/31)

The hadiths and verses above show divine benevolence and forgiveness.

Man should make use of this beautiful opportunity and try to be worthy of Allah's forgiveness by doing good deeds and worshipping. Even if a person has no minor sins to be forgiven, those good deeds of worship will be a means of increasing his rank, and perhaps alleviating his major sins by the grace of God Almighty.

Thus, the five daily prayers, Friday prayers and Ramadan fasting become a means of forgiveness of minor sins that will be committed until the next prayer time, the next Friday and the next Ramadan if major sins are avoided.

The condition of that great reward is to avoid major sins. It means prayers disinfect sins.

It should not be forgotten that worship is such a way of benevolence and goodness; one should try to shine brightly by worshipping constantly.

Accordingly, it should be understood not only as atonement for sins committed in the past, but also as an effort to keep the white page that has been opened until the next Ramadan clean with the consciousness that Ramadan gives.

Yes, the month of Ramadan is a blessing, a feast and grace. The month of Ramadan is worship, mercy and forgiveness.

The month of Ramadan is taqwa and protection for the spirit and soul, for the individual and society.

The month of Ramadan is peace, calmness, tranquility, serenity and maturity.

The month of Ramadan is brotherhood, solidarity and sharing.

For the rich, the month of Ramadan is understanding the poor by fasting and experiencing their state, though partially.

The month of Ramadan is the appreciation of the blessings of eating and drinking that one temporarily keeps away from and remembering his duty of gratitude to Allah, the Sustainer (ar-Razzaq), who gives them.

The month of Ramadan is an opportunity to put an end to bad habits and to open new pages in favor of the good and nice things.

If Ramadan is experienced fully with this consciousness, it will ensure that the following months and even the whole year will be spent fruitfully.

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