Day 5 (Seek Redemption)
In a very weak hadeeth that’s often quoted, the first 10 nights of Ramadan are for mercy, the second 10 are forgiveness, and the third 10 are redemption. Aside from the fact that the chain of the hadeeth is broken, the concept is also problematic since it implicitly justifies the laziness many people carry themselves with through the first two thirds of Ramadan waiting for the redemption part. In truth, the entire month is mercy, forgiveness, and redemption.
In fact, in an amazing authentic hadeeth, the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, “At every breaking of the fast, Allah has people whom He redeems from the fire.” [Ahmad]
SubhanAllah can you imagine, EVERY night some people are written as those who will be protected from the fire?!
Why is this so important: The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) frequently emphasized the importance of treating every moment as your last. So with that, we have the narrations such as “pray as if it is your last prayer”, “actions are judged by their ending”, etc.
As such, we should fast every day as if it is our last fast and hope that on each special night, we are amongst those written from the redeemed!
So ask Allah in those last moments of your fast every day to write you from amongst them and here’s a good way to ask: