What is the Gate of Ar-Rayyan?
Our beloved Prophet (saaw) said”
“There is a gate in heaven called Ar-Rayyan which those who fast will enter on the Day of Rising, and none but they will enter it.”
It will be said, ‘Where are the fasters?’ They will stand up and none but they will enter it. When they have entered it, it will be closed and no one else will enter it.”[Bukhari]
We are in Allah’s sacred month Muharram and good deeds are considered even better in such months. The Messenger of Allah (saaw) said:
‘The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram.’ [Muslim]
So here is a major chance for all of us. Only the wise and smart ones will grab this amazing chance.
Sunday 8th of September = Tasoua 9th of Muharram (A day the Prophet (saaw) promised if he was to live to next year, he was going to fast. )
Monday 9th of September = Ashoura 10th of Muharram (expiation of sins for the year that went before.)
Tuesday 10th September = 11th of Muharram (A day after Ashoura and incase your country is not sighting the moon or you are not sure of the moon sighting then this day will make sure you do not miss Ashoura inshaAllah)
Thursday 12th of September = 13th Muharram (The first day of Ayaam Al Beed or the white days)
Friday 13th of September = 14th Muharram (The second day of Ayaam Al Beed or the white days)
Saturday 14th of September = 15th of Muharram (The third day of Ayaam Al Beed or the white days)
Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saaw) said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayyam al-beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” [al-Nasaa’i]
We need these chances to increase our mizan and our Iman. Fasting is something which is just for Allah, and Allah will give multiple rewards without measure for it.
The hadeeth says: “[Allah says:] Fasting is Mine and it is I Who give reward for it.” [Bukhaari]
So if Allah says it is mine and I give reward for it, you can just try to imagine the most generous when he promises what will He give? It is indeed beyond our imagination.