Hilal Ahmad Khan
As the month of mercy, self restraint, the month of suspension of chasing worldly goals the month of Taqwa (God consciousness), the month of Rehma and Hidayah is being bid farewell , it begs the question as to what we need to do after Ramadan?
One of the accepted reason of Ramadan is that if my life changes, it changes for the better even if it were to be mean or even if it was to mean just by a few inches, but life has changed ; it means my Ramadan was correct. But if Allah forbids, my life goes back to where it was before Ramadan then I have wasted my Ramadan.
Allah says: Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds, that is, small sins. This is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice. Quran.(11: 114)
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said, fear Allah where ever you are; follow up the evil deed with the good one and it will remove it and relate with people with good conduct(Tirmidhi)
The essence of prosperity lies in a long life and good deeds and a person’s continuation of good deeds without restricting it to a certain period of time.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said, “whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days fasting in Shawwal has done as if he/she has fasted for life.” (Muslim)
Fear Allah, for fear of Allah is the head of all matters. Obey Allah and keep away from his restrictions and do not go back to sins and disobedience so as not to be entitled to His punishment.
Here then are a few tips to help us to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive throughout:
# Instead of storing the Quran in a velvet cover on the highest shelf for the eleven months following Ramadan,or feeling that we have done a lot in this month, let us get some time out of our schedule to read Quran; let us make it a habit even after Ramadan;
# Let us evaluate what we have gained from Ramadan, practice it in our daily lives and spread the word.
# If we have shared meals with the less fortunate in Ramadan, don’t let our Eid parties guest list include the affluent friends only. Let us keep an eye on those who need our help nearby; let us be the ease in someone’s hardship;
# Islam is a deen of moderation. We must set realistic and achievable goals and take it from there;
# Assessing ourselves , our intentions out words and actions every night is a very good way to maintain good habits after Ramadan.
# We must strength the relationship we have established with our Rabb, the Quran and the community. Do not say goodbye to the Masjid after the Eid prayers.
Let us make a commitment to start a new beginning when and where Ramadan ends .Let all the good we have done should not come to an end with the end of Ramadan.Let us hold onto them and start anew. May Allah give us hidayah. Ameen!
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