Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy discusses how to gain an accepted Ramadan and ways to work towards having your deeds accepted.
Ramadan is a unique opportunity, and the goal is to get closer to Allah, as well as ensuring all your sins are forgiven.
Abu Hurairah narrates, Allah’s Apostle 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.”
Acceptance of Worship during Ramadan
Fasting is about patience in obeying Allah, patience in keeping away from desires and things forbidden by Allah.
Allah says, “Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.”
Conditions of Ramadan being accepted
In order for your fasting to be accepted your intention must be made, and having the right intention is key for your Ramadan to be accepted. Your intention must be sincere, fasting, and other acts of worship, should only be done in order to please Allah.
Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Allah said, ‘Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…’”
Your intentions should be corrected continuously in order to do so improving your knowledge in what actions you are doing and the correct ways to go about them is important. Intentions should be rectified before, during and after the act of worship.
Avoid Nullifiers of your Ramadan
Showing off your deeds, not having the right intentions, and not following the sunnah of Ramadan, set by the Prophet ﷺ can nullify your fasting. Allah has singled out fasting for Himself, as it is one of the most beloved acts that we can do for Allah, it demonstrates our sincerity towards Him, it is a secret between a person and his Lord.
Signs Allah has accepted your Ramadan
When exiting this blessed month of Ramadan you don’t want to be one of the losers you leaves the month of Ramadan not having gained anything or having it accepted. If you leave Ramadan as a better person and your worship has improved, and your consistency of worship in Ramadan has continued then by the will of Allah your Ramadan has been beneficial.
The Prophet ﷺ said, “May his nose be rubbed in the dust, a man for whom Ramadan has come and the goes before he is forgiven.”
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