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December 2002
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Reflections


What After Ramadan?


What After Ramadan?

Abdullah was a scholar and commentator of the holy Quran who commanded wide respect.

Ramadan Mubarak We leave the blessed month of Ramadan, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of the Qur’an, taqwa, patience, jihad, mercy, forgiveness and freedom from hell-fire.

Have we fulfilled the requirements of taqwa and graduated from the Ramadan school with the diploma of the God-fearing? Have we fought our souls and desires and defeated them, or have we been overtaken by our customs and blind imitations? Have we performed our actions in a way that fulfills the conditions for receiving mercy, forgiveness and release from the Fire? Many questions and numerous thoughts come to the heart of the sincere Muslim, who asks and answers with truthfulness.

What Have We Gained From Ramadan?

Ramadan is a school of iman 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 Ramadan?

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 Allah. If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against your soul, then praise and thank Allah, 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. So when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling thread by thread for no reason. What would people say about such a person? This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and after Ramadan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favoured with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allah, he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allah only in Ramadan!

Falling short in one’s commitment to Islam after Ramadan is manifested in many ways, including:

* 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.

* Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment.

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted and Allah’s refuge is sought for one who truly fasts, rejoices on the occasion of eid, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful.

From signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allah. The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places.

“So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah].” [Hud, 112] And, “So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” [Fussilat, 6]

If the fasting in Ramadan 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 ‘Aashoora and ‘Arafat.

If standing in prayer at night during Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year.

If the charity in Ramadan and zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakat, and also there are many other open doors to charity.

Reading of the Qur’an and contemplating it is not only for Ramadan, rather it is for all times.

Ask Allah to accept your fasting, your prayers and other righteous actions, that your condition after Ramadan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord.

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