What to do after Ramadan?
We are back into our normal routine lives after Ramadan. We all performed such great deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan which we could not do in normal days. Most of us kept fasts for the whole month of Ramadan, many completed the Holy Quran recitation and wake up during nights for prayers (Qiyam-ul-layl). We gave huge donations and Sadqa while some of us tried to achieve the Lailatul Qadr(night of Decree). We have beautiful memories associated with this blessed month and we feel sad for the departure of Ramadan. Now the Question is DOES YOUR RAMADAN END WITH EID??? Now as the month of Ramadan passed away many people might be thinking that what’s after Ramadan? Here are a few post Ramadan advice’s on how one should remain steadfast after Ramadan. Allah says in the Quran:
“Verily, those who say, ‘Our Lord is (only) Allah, and thereafter stand firm and straight (upon Islam), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. Such shall be the dwellers of Jannah, abiding therein (forever), – a reward for what they used to do.” (46:13,14)
The importance of steadfastness could be understood by this Hadith:
Sufyan Bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“O Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H), tell me something about Islam, which I cannot ask anyone else besides you.” He said: “Say: ‘I believe in Allah’ and then be steadfast (upon that).” (Muslim)
Post Ramadan Tips and Advices:
1.Maximum Benefits of Ramadan
First of all try to find out that have you gained maximum benefit from the month of Ramadan. If one has emerged as a better Muslim after Ramadan and remains steadfast even after Ramadan then this is the sign of success and acceptance that you have attained more Taqwa from the blessing month of Ramadan this year .
Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“And worship your Lord until the certainty (death) comes to you.” (Quran, 15:99)
2. During the whole month of Ramadan, we tried our best to worship most and avoided sins as much as possible. Now as the blessed month has ended we think that we have done our best during Ramadan and now we are free to do whatever we want. We want to take some rest and while doing so we get engaged in sins that were easily avoidable during Ramadan. The spiritual energy we have collected during Ramadan should follow us for the rest of the year rather than vanishing.
3.Pray Namaz in Mosque:
The mosques that are usually jam packed during Ramadan because of Prayers and Taraweeh are now found empty. The most important thing are the Prayers and we should pray five time in congregation. We should not abandon the obligatory prayers after Ramadan and strive hard to pray five times daily in Mosque.
4.Recite Holy Quran:
Reciting Holy Quran is often related with Ramadan only. We should recite Holy Quran and ponder upon its meaning as much as we can even after the blessed month.Narrated from Abdullah ibn Masood, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“The Quran is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [At-Tabaraanee]
5.Fasts of Shawwal:
If the fasting in Ramadan has ended then there are still volutary fasts left. Espacially the fasts of Shawwal as fasting for six days in Shawwal is equivalent to one year fasting. Also the Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.
If giving Zakat during Ramadan has ended then there is still time to give Saqda (voluntary charity) as good deeds are not restricted till Ramadan only.
We can perform righteous actions and deeds at any time of the year. Do not restrict yourself to perform them in Ramadan only. Let us ask Allah to accept our worship during Ramadan and give us strength to be a better Muslim even after Ramadan. Ameen.