I want to ask whether it is true that if some body died during the month of Ramdhan his previous sins will be vanished? Or will he still be responsible for them?
As a principle, it should be remembered that according to the Qur’an, a person shall only be rewarded in the hereafter for what he actually strives for. The Qur’an has emphatically declared:
… And that man shall get only what he strives for (Al-Najm 53:39)
Thus, according to the Qur’an, man shall neither be punished nor rewarded for anything, which he did not earn or strive for.
In the light of the mentioned principle, it should be easily determinable that because the place, time and mode of one’s death is, generally, not in the control of a person, therefore, a person would not be rewarded or punished for the time, place and mode of his death.
Nevertheless, the above mentioned principle should not be construed to refute the good fortune of a person, who dies in a state of piously observing the sanctity of the month of Ramadhan or that of Hajj or the like. It is indeed good fortune of a person to be taken to his Lord, while he is in the process of sincerely carrying out any of His directives or after having sincerely and effectively repented for his deeds.
May the Almighty forgive us all our sins.
January 1, 2001