I would like to address my words to you, as an elder brother speaking to his beloved younger brother; as a loving friend speaking to a friend he cares about, and as advice from someone who wishes you nothing but goodness and success in life.
Have you resolved to repent to Allah The Exalted in Ramadan? Have you decided to go back to your Lord? Have you made the intention to abstain from committing all sinful and evil acts and turn over a new leaf in Ramadan? Have you formulated a plan of daily worship in this blessed month? How are you planning to receive the days and nights of Ramadan?
Repentance is not only for sinners and those who mix good and bad deeds, as many people think. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, who was the leader of the obedient slaves and devout worshippers, said: “O people, seek repentance from Allah. Verily, I seek repentance from Him a hundred times a day.” [Muslim]
We all commit sins, yet Allah The Exalted is The All-Forgiving. The doors of repentance to Allah are always open. He stretches out His hand at night for those who sinned during the day to repent, and stretches out His hand during the day for those who sinned at night to repent until the time the sun shall rise from where it normally sets. Allah The Exalted rejoices at the repentance of the remorseful sinners. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah has opened a door of repentance in the west the breadth of which is seventy years and it will not close as long as the sun does not rise from the west.” [Ahmad and At-Tirmithi] [At-Tirmithi: Hasan Saheeh]
If you regret your misdeeds in the past and abstain from sins in the future, then you should assign greater attention and care to cultivate your life and make full use of your present. If you lose your present, you lose your happiness and salvation, yet if you treasure it, you will attain happiness, salvation, comfort, pleasure, and bliss.
Imaam Ibn Al-Jawzi, may Allah have mercy upon him, said,