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And Yet Another Ramadaan Slipped Away

Alaas!.. it is here… Its the time for parting.

The countdown that marked the arrival of Ramadaan, the excitement of the coming month of boundless mercy, now turns to wistfulness and grief as the last fleeting days of Ramadaan passed away.

The question is… did we make an effort to gather the uncountable blessings from Allaah that this month brings in?

The question is.. did we do enough?

Allaah blessed us with the month of Ramadaan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night.

I ask Allaah that He accepts from us our fasting, our standing in prayer, our recitation of the Qur’aan and that He makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire.

As we bid farewell to this blessed month..this beloved, noble guest, it is a good time to remind ourselves…and to take a moment to reflect upon our actions during Ramadaan, our motives and perhaps even chart a course for the continuity of our good deeds. We should ask ourselves a few questions for which we need to find some honest answers.

An answer, it is said, is only as good as the question that precedes it. For it is only when we frame a query searching enough, searing enough, that we can hope to find a reply that is comprehensive and just. It is these answers that may have a chance to awaken us from our absent-mindedness, our heedlessness and help us remain steadfast and virtuous.

These questions are in their utmost simplicity:

Who did you fast for??
Why did you fast??
What is to be done after Ramadaan?

Yet, the answers are only the bare truth. Why, nothing else could be clearer! I fasted for Allaah alone, to worship Him, seeking the rewards from Him alone.

Yes, these answers are correct and clear. But, what about those of us who fasted the month of Ramadaan as a tradition and not as an act of worship?

Do we not know of someone who got used to fasting this month because they inherited it from their parents and their societies and they do not want to go against their traditions? Do we see someone fasting because everyone around them, their family, peers and colleagues are fasting, and they want to belong?

Perhaps a part of us also does the same?

Are we among those people who abstain from all sorts of permissible food and drink during the long hours of the day, only to fall upon the food and drink at iftaar, unmindful of what is unlawful during the nights and days of the rest of the year? This is because of the feeble self-control over overwhelming desires of the nafs (soul), that is not bothered to be reined-in, except for mighty efforts during the days of Ramadaan.

Have we not observed someone we know, who fasts meticulously as if fasting is a habit that has been inherited, and yet does not pray? Have not we, at some time or the other, fasted as if a bag was tied to a camel’s mouth to prevent it from eating until dusk, because we have not prayed nor observed the limits set by Allaah, achieving nothing out of it except hunger or thirst?

Certainly, the obligation of fasting is one of the pillars of Islaam, but the greatest pillar of Islaam is the Salaah. The five daily prayers are greater than fasting. Some people regularly fast the month of Ramadaan, but do not regularly pray. Some do not pray at all.

The One who prescribed fasting is the same One who prescribed Salaah. The One who said, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you..”(1) is the same One who said, “..Perform salaah, Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed time.”(2) 

Does Allaah deserve to be worshiped during the month of Ramadaan by fasting, then He does not deserve to be worshiped in the five daily prayers?

Similarly, we see people staying away from lying, backbiting and cheating during Ramadaan, only to go right back to their evil ways, the very evening the moon is sighted for Shawwaal!

Will we do the same??

Will we go right back to the way were before Ramadaan??

Or have we changed for the better??

Will we abandon the Qur’aan, the Word of ar-Rahmaan, that we recited so whole heartedly during Ramadaan and replace it with music, the words of as-Shaytaan? ??

Will we forget all that we learnt from this blessed month in the blink of an eye?

Will we run straight back into the haraam that we worked so hard to stay away from during Ramadaan??

We all prayed Tahajjud/Fajr Salaah but sadly now we will pray only when we get time.

We scarificed our daily evening routine for 1 hour of 3Ishaa’ and Taraweeh Salaah.. and now if we are to ask to devote 1 hour for salaah, we would think twice.

Does Allah deserve to be worshiped only in the month of Ramadaan, but not in the rest of the year?

Its far easy to keep fasting in Ramadaan (as everyone is fasting) but now because we have got the habit, lets first start continue fasting for next 6 days of Shawwaal followed by sunnah fasting of Mondays and Thrusday and 13th, 14th, 15th of every month.

Has this month of fasting become more of a tradition for us than anything else…going from one Khatam to another, trying to catch the blessing of Khatmul-Qur’aan, yet when it comes to our practical every day lives, this very Qur’aan lies dusty upon our shelves, having no impact on our lives, having no change in our attitude and with no effect on our submission to Allaah.

Did we really learn nothing from this blessed month?

Or did we???

Rather, this month should be a starting point for further piety because from the signs of Allaah’s acceptance of our fasting is that He helps us to become steadfast in the Deen after Ramadaan.

Today, even with the imminent departing of Ramadaan, let us be able to say: “Verily, my Salaah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (3)

It is a farewell, but also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a positive change, and with the Will of Allaah, also our labor’s end and its just recompense.

(Adapted from an article on the internet)
By Asma bint Shameem
 

Related Posts:

What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

After Ramadaan Resources

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References:
(1)  soorah Al Baqarah, v:183
(2) soorah An-Nisaa, v:103
(3)  soorah Al-Anaam, v:162-163
 
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The Goodness Remains…

The deeds of a servant do not come to an end with the end of a month and the beginning of another. Rather they continue and extend until one reaches death. Allaah says:

وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death)..”

If the fasting of Ramadaan comes to an end, then indeed the voluntary fasting is still prescribed throughout the entire year, and all praise is due to Allaah.

If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan comes to an end, then indeed, the entire year is a time for performing the night prayer.

And if the Zakaat-ul-Fitr comes to an end, then there is still the Zakaah that is obligatory as well as the voluntary charity that lasts the whole year.

This goes the same for reciting the Qur’aan and pondering over its meaning as well as every other righteous deed that is desirable, for they can be done at all times.

From the many bounties that Allaah has bestowed upon His servants is that He has placed for them many different types of acts of worship and He provided many means for doing good deeds. Therefore, the enthusiasm and the zeal of the Muslim must be constant and he must continue to remain in the service of his Master.

Excerpt from “Remaining Steadfast After Ramadaan” by Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzaan

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What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Remaining Steadfast After Ramadaan

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What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan is a school of Eemaan and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries‘ – to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year. 

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadaan?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allaah 3azza wa jall.

“Verily, Allaah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (1)

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadaan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allaah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.

Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it… Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason.

What would people say about such a person?! 

Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, dirham by dirham. What would people say about such a person?

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadaan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allaah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allaah only in Ramadaan!.

My dear ones, falling short in one’s commitment to Islaam after Ramadaan is manifested in many ways, including:

  1. Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.
  2. Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.

This is not thankfulness for blessings and favors, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one’s actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence of thankfulness. 

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted – and Allaah’s refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of 3Eid, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allaah may not accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadaan for six months after it.

From the signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allaah 3azza wa jall. 

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].” (2)

Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.”

“And worship your Lord until there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death].” (3)

The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allaah, firm upon His Sharee3ah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allaah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadaan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Sharee3ah of Allaah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him.

Allaah ta3ala said (interpretation of meaning): “So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allaah].” (4)

And: 

“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” (5)

And the Prophet sallallahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, said, “Say ‘I believe in Allaah’, then be steadfast.” (6)

  • If the fasting in Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of 3Aashoorah and 3Arafah, and others.
  • If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year. “They used to sleep but little of the night.” (7)
  • If the charity in Ramadaan and zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakaah, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions.
  • Reading of the Qur’aan and contemplating it is not only for Ramadaan, rather it is for all times.

Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brother and sister – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.

And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.

Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of Allaah at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.

“O Allaah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen.”

I ask Allaah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadaan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord… Ameen

Taken from: “What After Ramadaan” 
Adapted from “Wa maadha ba3da Ramadaan” by Dar Al-Watan
 

More Resources:

After Ramadaan Resources

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References:
(1)  soorah Ar-Ra3d, v:11
(2) soorah Ibraheem, v:7
(3) soorah al-Hijr, v:99
(4) soorah Hood, v:112
(5) soorah Fussilat, v:6
(6) Muslim
(7) soorah Adh-Dhaariyaat, v:17
 

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