Farewell to Ramadan

One of the salaf said: They used to supplicate to Allāh for six months that He would enable them to reach the month of Ramaḍān, and they would supplicate to Allāh for six months that He would accept it from them.
قال بعض السلف كانوا يدعون الله ستة أشهر أن يبلغهم شهر رمضان ثم يدعون الله ستة أشهر أن يتقبله منهم

ʿUmar b. ‘Abd al-ʿAzīz (raḥimahullāh) went out of the day of ʿīd al-fiṭr and said during his khuṭbah: O people! Verily you have fasted thirty days for the sake of Allāh, and you have stood (in prayer) thirty nights for the sake of Allāh. And you have come out on the day on which you seek for Allāh to accept (your deeds) from you. Grief was apparent on one of the salaf on the day of ʿīd al-fiṭr, so it was said to him, “Verily this is a day of happiness and glee.” So he replied, “You have spoken the truth, however, I am a slave who have been commanded by my master to perform a deed for him, but I do not know whether it has been accepted or not!”
خرج عمر بن عبد العزيز رحمه الله في يوم عيد فطر فقال في خطبته: أيها الناس إنكم صمتم لله ثلاثين يوما وقمتم ثلاثين ليلة وخرجتم اليوم تطلبون من الله أن يتقبل منكم كان بعض السلف يظهر عليه الحزن يوم عيد الفطر فيقال له: إنه يوم فرح وسرور فيقول: صدقتم ولكني عبد أمرني مولاي أن أعمل له عملا فلا أدري أيقبله مني أم لا؟.

Wuhayb b. al-Ward narrated that some people were laughing on the day of ʿīd, so he said, “If these are those whose fasting was accepted from them, then this is not the action of al-shākirīn (the grateful ones). And if these are those whose fasting is not accepted from them, then this is not the action of those who are afraid.” And al-Ḥasan said, “Verily Allāh has made the month of Ramaḍān as an arena for His creation to race therein in the obedience to Him towards His pleasure. So the people who are the forerunners, then they have succeeded; and the others who lag behind, then they regret. So it is astounding that one would be a joker and constantly laughing on the day wherein the muḥsinūn succeed and the false ones lose out.
رأى وهب بن الورد قوما يضحكون في يوم عيد فقال: إن كان هؤلاء تقبل منهم صيامهم فما هذا فعل الشاكرين وإن كان لم يتقبل منهم صيامهم فما هذا فعل الخائفين وعن الحسن قال: إن الله جعل شهر رمضان مضمارا لخلقه يستبقون فيه بطاعته إلى مرضاته فسبق قوم ففازوا وتخلف آخرون فخابوا فالعجب من اللاعب الضاحك في اليوم الذي يفوز فيه المحسنون ويخسر فيه المبطلون.

Ibn Rajab, Laṭāʾif al-Maʿārif 1/209
ابن رجب الحنبلي، لطائف المعارف ١/٢٠٩

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