Hope you're all well and counting down the days till Ramadan like I am!
You've probably read or heard the following hadeeth from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before:
“Jannah is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by desires.” [Muslim #2822, al-Tirmidhi #2559].
It's a powerful hadeeth that reminds us that the road to Jannah won't be easy and things would be tough.
So as you prepare for Ramadan, and perhaps you're worried that things might not be easy during Ramadan especially with the long fasting hours and late nights, remember the above hadeeth and keep it at the top of your mind.
Another interpretation of this hadeeth is that getting closer to Jannah won't get easier, but will always be surrounded by hardships and tough choices. Choices like:
These choices don't get easier as you go through life and you're constantly struggling with them, and they are worth it...why? Because you're seeking Jannah and the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
So keep this in mind before/during and after Ramadan - it's all about the tough choices in life. Make enough correct tough choices, and we'll have our space in Jannah by Allah's mercy inshaAllah.
Hope this helps.