Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it, the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates to Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night (during this month) which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived (of something great).” [Ahmad]
Ramadhan is the month in which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) pours down His forgiveness and reward for good deeds. How much we gather depends on us.
If it is raining and you want to collect rain water how much you collect will depend on how many and which utensils you put out. If you keep a plate in the rain, you’ll catch a little of it. If you put a bucket out you’ll collect a lot more water. And if you put all your buckets, bowls, glasses, pots and pans and tubs out, you’ll collect the most that you can.
Similarly, in Ramadan, Allah is pouring His Rehma, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Recompense for good deeds from the sky. Do we want to spend Ramadan sleeping away or collecting through as many good deeds as we can? Would we be as casual about it, if instead of Allah’s Rahma and Maghfirah it were raining $100 notes from the sky?
What Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is offering is much better.