Will you be interested to know how your sins for two years can be forgiven by the Almighty Allah (Subhana Wata’ala)?
Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that “Allah will forgive the sins for the last year and the sins of the current year for any believer who fasts that day”. (Narrated by Muslim).
This is a reminder for you, your family members and friends to fast if you able to on this blessid day of Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah) which will be on Tuesday Dec. 18, 2007; and not loose out on the great reward and forgiveness.
Some advice from Ibn al-Qayyim, who said:
“Some are deceived by fasting the days of `Ashura and `Arafah, such that some may even say that the fast of `Ashura’ expiates the whole year, and the fast of `Arafah remains as a surplus of reward.
Such people have failed to realize that the fast of Ramadan and the 5 daily prayers are greater and more noble than the fasts of `Arafah and `Ashura, and that [it is understood that] sins are [only] forgiven as long as major sins are avoided. So, [fasting] from one Ramadan to another, [praying] from one Jumu’ah to the next, act in a mutually strengthening manner to achieve forgiveness of minor sins, provided major sins are avoided.
So, how then can an optional fast expiate every major sin of a person while he still persists upon the sins, and has not repented from them? Also, it is possible that these two optional fasts expiate all sins in totality, but that this has certain prerequisites and conditions, such as avoidance of major sins, or that the expiation is achieved in conjunction with other good deeds, much the same as the 5 daily prayers and the fasting of Ramadan expiate minor sins in conjunction with the avoidance of major sins. “If you abjure the major things which you are prohibited from, We shall expiate you your evil deeds” [an-Nisaa : 31]”
(al-jawaab al-kaafi, p. 24)
Let’s not be from among the ones that fool themselves…May Allah accept our deeds, ameen.