“My hope is to be free from SINS!”Picture by ~JosCos of deviantart.com
I’ll tell you the truth about Ramadan. What is the truth? Ramadan is our visitors. Not an ordinary visitor but VVVIP. Ramadan is a visitor that brings a lot of fortunes. But the question is:
- How do we treat Ramadan?
- It is already day five, have we treated it wholeheartedly?
Let us look back the hadith that is often repeated every year again and again, time and again:
“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven .”
Here, the hadith is translated as “hoping for a reward from Allah” for the word “ihtisaba”. But the literal translation of “ihtisaba” is not “hoping for a reward from Allah” but is “counting.”
What does it mean by “counting”? What are you “counting”? The mathematical equations that you are “counting” are how you treat Ramadan.
There are several narrations that narrates the hadith on ‘ihtisaba’, I’ll list three of them.