Ramadan: A Time to have your previous Sins forgiven
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with faith and hoping (i.e. with anticipation) for its reward shall have all of his previous sins forgiven for him.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saying: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with faith” meaning whoever establishes their fast upon true eemaan (belief and faith), which will therefore entail your fast being performed sincerely and purely for the sake of Allah.
He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) then said: “and hoping (with anticipation) for its reward”
The scholars (may Allah have mercy upon them) have said that ‘anticipation’ is: the initiative to seek reward and obtain it using different types of good actions, and doing them in the required manner in order to seek their reward.
In other words, anticipation is an intention to gain the fruits that are promised for a certain good deed, and this – naturally – is an action of the heart not the tongue, that leads the self to be keen, the heart to look forward to, and determination to seek the great rewards behind this good deed.
In conclusion, whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with the above two qualities as the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “shall have all of his previous sins forgiven for him.”
We ask Allah to make us from those who establish their fasting of Ramadan based on true eemaan and hoping for its reward so we can be from those who have their previous sins forgiven.
And Allah knows best!