Q: There is much emphasis now on continuing good deeds and practising after Ramadan, but how to achieve that while we do not have such favorable, spiritual environment now as that we used to have in the month of Ramadan?
A: Of course, one of the special merits of Ramadan is the spiritual atmosphere it provides that makes it easy for us to do more good deeds. The competition in reciting the Qur’an, spending in charity, praying taraweeh etc. has a great effect on the heart and on the believers’ spirituality.
After Ramadan, it might be difficult to stay at the same level of devotion and `ibadah. However, the following tips can help you overcome such lack of motivation: Make use of the special offers. Allah’s generosity is limitless. He grants us many special offers in the form of easy acts that gains us huge reward. Be consistent. The most beloved deeds to Allah are those done consistently, even if they are little. Being regular on doing good deeds make them easier on you. Self-evaluation is necessary. Develop the habit of regularly evaluating yourself and checking your progress. Make a checklist that you review every night including the essentials such as the five daily prayers and the Quran recitation. Focus on the quality. The fruits of `ibadah are much better when done in a quality manner. When you pray, be focused and have Khushu`. When reciting the Qur’an, try to understand and apply what you are reading. Take advantage of blessed seasons and times. Allah’s generosity is limitless. In addition to the month of Ramadan, He granted us special times and seasons that are marked with more and more blessings such as the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, the Day of `Arafah, etc.