The Prophet 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.”
حَدَّثَنَا خَالِدُ بْنُ مَخْلَدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ بِلاَلٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو حَازِمٍ، عَنْ سَهْلٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ إِنَّ فِي الْجَنَّةِ بَابًا يُقَالُ لَهُ الرَّيَّانُ، يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ الصَّائِمُونَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ، لاَ يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُهُمْ يُقَالُ أَيْنَ الصَّائِمُونَ فَيَقُومُونَ، لاَ يَدْخُلُ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُهُمْ، فَإِذَا دَخَلُوا أُغْلِقَ، فَلَمْ يَدْخُلْ مِنْهُ أَحَدٌ ”.
Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari
Brothers and sisters, lets earn the title of a Faster so that we can enter that gate of Ar-Rayyaan. We are now in the month of Shabaan which it is recommended to fast the first half of the month to prepare ourselves for the month of Ramadaan. May Allah make us see Ramadaan. Ameen. Also with regard to the month of Shabaan our prophet upon who be peace used to fast almost all of Shabaan. As reported by his wife our mother Aesha may Allah be pleased with her.
Brothers and sisters, Let us strive to do what we can as our days in this world are numbered and the next life is everlasting. Let us do as much deeds as we can in preparation for the meeting of our Lord The Majestic. Lets be amongst the Fasters As-Saa’imoon. May Allah give us all strength and steadfastness Ameen.