Ramadan Note 19

As Ramadan comes to a close Muslims will intensify their efforts to gain as much as possible by way of blessings during the remaining days. As they look forward eagerly to the day of Eid-ul-Fitr they will reflect upon the past weeks and pray earnestly that their fasts, prayers, charitable acts and good deeds will find favor with the Almighty. In addition to fasting being a shield, fasting can be a source of salvation on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”

He also said:

“The fast and the Qur’an will intercede for the servant on the Day of Judgement. The fast will say: ‘My Lord, I restricted him from food and drink, so allow me to intercede for him.’ And the Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night, so allow me to intercede for him.’ So they will be allowed to intercede.”

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