3 Ways to Wipe Your Sins in Ramadhan
The Prophet s.a.w. said: any one of them will forgive all of your sins. No matter what sin you have done if you repent properly in this month and you do what Allah wants you to do and what the Prophet s.a.w. told us to do, all of your sins will be forgiven.
What are these three things He said?
Whoever fast the entire month of Ramadhan, believing in Allah and hoping for Allah's reward, those are the only two conditions - that you are a believer of Allah and you do the fast wanting the reward from Allah. You're doing it expecting Allah to reward you. Not doing it because society is doing it. You're not doing it because your parents wants you to do it. You're not doing it because of the culture of your country requires you to do it. You're doing it for the sake of Allah, purely to please Allah.
If you're doing it with this intention, The Prophet s.a.w. saif all your sins are forgiven.
The second thing He said: whoever stands up at night in Ramadhan - doing the Taraweeh that is equivalent of the Tahajjud of the other nights.
The Prophet s.a.w. did it occasionally and the Sahabat also did and it is something that He did it in congregation occasionally.
We are encouraged to pray Taraweeh, it is not an obligatory. But we are encouraged to do it and if we do so every single night then that is one more opportunity to have all your sins forgiven.
The third opportunity to have all your sins forgiven is the opportunity known as 'Lailatul Qadr'.
The one night in Ramadhan that when you worship Allah properly, when you're standing in prayer and reading the Quran and doing the dzikir for this one night then all your previous sins will be forgiven.
The Prophet s.a.w. gave us three opportunities in this month to get all of our sins forgiven.
One more blessing of Ramadhan is it is the month that if you perfect your fasting in it, you may enter Jannah by a special door. A door that is set aside for those who fast.
The door is called 'Ar-Rayyan'.
Ar-Rayyan means that which will give you a lot of water because the way to it is to deprive yourself of water. The Prophet s.a.w. said that it is set aside for those who fast frequently, for those who perfect their fast - and you can not perfect your fast until you have perfected the fast of Ramadhan.
Fasting Ramadhan forgives your sins, causes you to enter Jannah, brings about a sense of Taqwa and Iman. The purpose of fasting Ramadhan is to achieve righteousness and piety.
*inputs from speech by Dr. Yasir Qadhi below*