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Retaining our Spirituality after Ramadan

 

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إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ

[5:27]

 

 

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ وَسَلَامٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[37:180-182]

 

Alhamdulillah, All of us recently completed the Fasting & the Month of Ramadan. However whenever a person completes a task, a person is worried about its acceptance. So, we should be worried about the acceptance of Ramadan; we should be worried about the qubooliyyah of our Ramadan.

 

Our early salaf saliheen used to spend six months preparing for Ramadan and after Ramadan, they used to spend six months worried that their Ramadan be accepted.

 

This is how a person should spend the month of Shawwal, thinking whether our Ramadan was accepted, whether we’ll be able to maintain whatever we gained in the month of Ramadan.

 

Now the amazing thing that we notice every single year is that immediately after the month of Ramadan, we start losing.

 

There are some things that Allah swt takes back, but then there are somethings we take back.

 

Allah swt took back Taraveeh prayers, Allah swt took back his protection from Shayateen – they are opened up once again; Allah swt re-opens the gates of Jahannum; Allah swt no longer sends those special Mercies, barakaat that come in the last 10 days, or the night of the laylatul qadr!

 

But, the problem is that we pull back. Many people say that within the first few days of Shawwal, I feel like I lost everything that I gained in the entire month of Ramadan! Allahu akbar

 

Its amazing! How can we accept such a thing?

 

 If you look at any other endeavor – whenever we strive for something, we spend time on it, we will never accept if we lose it!

 

Sometimes we give our students this example that if you spent 4 years at LUMS or at Aga Khan and I tell you that you’d lose it in one month. They will say you’re crazy! They will never ever let such a thing happen. Sawal hi paida nahi hota!

 

 But, somehow we spend the entire month of Ramadan and loose what we gained in matter of days. I’ve come to you quite late, it may be the 12th or 14th of Shawwal already! But even if I would’ve come to you on the 5thof Shawwal I could’ve said this; If I had come to you on the 3rd of Shawwal, I could’ve said this; some of us loose it right there on Eid day – the very first day of Shawwal!

 

The question is what happened? Did we not get anything out of the month of Ramadan? Is that really what happened? Interestingly Allah swt has mentioned over and over again this master attribute that is “Taqwa”

 

What was the whole purpose of the month of Ramadan?

 

 لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

[2:183]

 

So that we become a person of Taqwa

 

And this verse that I recited in the beginning

 

إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ

[5:27]

 

That Allah swt only and only Accepts, Bestows His Qubooliyyat, His Grace and Acceptance on the people of Taqwa

So, in order to pass Ramadan, we have to have Taqwa and after Ramadan in order for our fasts to be Accepted, we need to have Taqwa. So, if we feel; if any of us feel, that already in Shawwal I lost it – it means that theres something else that’s keeping us from that master attribute of Taqwa.

 

And theres one thing, one major thing that keeps us from the attribute of Taqwa. Its not that we don’t have ‘ilm; or that we don’t have hidaya; its not that we don’t have talab or desire – Its that we have something called the ‘Nafs’.

 

The Nafs is an incredible thing; the nafs is just waiting to steal what we got in the month of Ramadan. More so, what’s amazing is that we see in fellow Muslims in the modern age whether its Ramadan, whether its ‘etikaaf, whether its Hajj – whenever they finish these activities, you would think that they would have reached a new height upon which they are soaring, instead the second they finish, they just drop! And then one gets scared of this English saying that the higher they are, the harder they fall – that’s what we get scared of!

 

And sometimes, young men and women, when they come and tell their stories, Allahu Akbar! They fell very hard! They say within days, some of them within hours – they go back to the crudest and lewdest of sin! Allahu akbar kabira. Just spent Ramadan, just spent an umrah, or just went on Hajj!

 

Why does this happen? Why are we such creatures of our Nafs? So really what we want to do today is understand what our Nafs is. And how that is keeping us from Taqwa and ‘not having Taqwa’ what that is costing us – that we also need to appreciate. And if we do that, maybe we’ll realize that Ramadan was not the end, Ramadan was the beginning.

 

Many of us feel that Ramdan was this month of working, and now we act as if we are on vacation. We treat Shawwal as if we are on vacation. It’s the completely opposite in the Deen of Islam. Ramadan was your vacation, now you are back to the battle.

 

Its not that Ramadan was the battle and you are back on vacation – Ramadan was your vacation and now you are back in the battle!

 

  • Ramadan was your vacation from Shaytan and the Shayateen.
  • Ramadan was your vacation from the whisperings of Jahannum
  • Ramadan was our vacation from many things!

And, if you remember that the Arabic word Ramadan comes from the root words Ra Meem Daa’

 

 

And

Al-Ra-ma-da means to incinerate, so the purpose of Ramadan is to burn and incinerate our sins to emerge as a newly pure, lean, newer mo’min

Or the word Ramadan can come from tarmeed” which means to Sharpen. So, when you sharpen or purify something, it means that you plan to use it, not to put it on vacation. So, Ramadan was the vacation, now we are fighting the battle – now, we were supposed to have been fighting the battle; now we were supposed to have come out stronger to fight better.

 

But, most of us don’t have that. Even those of us who spent a good Ramadan…If we didn’t spend a good Ramadan, then there is no hope of spending a good Shawwal.

 

But the question is why is that many of us here may actually say, if they honestly reflect back, not in an arrogant way but honestly thinking that no, I actually think that I spent a good Ramadan. I actually fasted all the fasts, I even prayed all the taraveeh, many times in Ramadan I felt closer to Allah swt, many times in Ramadan I made dua to Allah swt for much longer than I ever made before – when I was making that dua, I was really sincere and from the bottom of my heart, from the depth of my being I was crying to Allah swt in those duas – even then I find myself slipping in Shawwal! And then, a person gets confused, why?!

 

And, sometimes when we don’t understand the reason why, then sometimes a person may get disillusioned. And this is the way Shaytan and the Nafs work – i.e. they make us slip: once. And when a person slips into a sin once, then they give up; they give up hope. They address themselves and say: kia kerna hai aap ne, poora Ramadan guzaar ke wuhi haalut hai…choro yaar aisi ibadat ko…kia Allah Allah kerna hai..aap poora aik mahina Allah Allah kerkey phir bhi wuhi bandey nikal ayey!

 

That’s what our inner conscience tells us. Once Shaytan and the Nafs get us to slip once, then we allow ourselves to slide deeper and deeper and deeper and we start giving up. We should never give up.

 

So, what is this Nafs? And, why is it so powerful? Allah swt said in the Qur’an-e-Karim, very powerful ayah:

 

 إِنَّ النَّفْسَ لَأَمَّارَةٌ بِالسُّوءِ

[12:53]

 

Allahuakbar! If you could understand the Arabic, you would see the power of this wording, the power of this expression that Allah swt is Saying!

 

إِنَّ

 

That Verily; Indeed; With Absolute certainty

 

 النَّفْسَ

 

The Nafs

 

 لَأَمَّارَةٌ

 

Ammaar – comes from amar.

–          A simple commander is Aamir

–          Super supreme sovereign commander is Ammaar

 

It means:

Indeed verily the Nafs has absolute, complete sovereign command over us!

 

And what does it command us to do?

 

بِالسُّوءِ

 

‘Soou’ in Arabic means every kind of evil, not just sin.

 

–          Sin is zanb; an ism.

–          It includes Fahsha and munkar; it includes vulgarity and the things that have been prohibited.

–          It includes fisq and fujoor

–          And, the ‘Alif-laam’ standing on the ‘soou’ means: evil itself; evil incarnate or the Alif laam can mean:every single kind of evil.

 

So, the complete English, which is a lot to explain the Arabic, is that:

 

Verily Indeed certainly the Nafs is supremely ever-commanding us to do evil itself and each and every type of evil!

 

Allahu akbar kabira

 

Everybody has this Nafs.

 

And the problem with us is that we have submitted to our Nafs.

 

Two Types of People: Abu-Nafs, Abdul-Nafs

The early Ullema and Mashaikh explain this very clearly

 

1.      First is a person who they call Abu-Nafs

Ab  in Arabic means Father, literally. But here they mean: Master of the Nafs i.e. they command the Nafs; the Nafs doesn’t command them. These type of people are now few and far. Very few people have this ability, this level of iman and taqwa that they dominate their Nafs, they rule their Nafs.

 

2.      The Other type of Person is known as Abdu-Nafs

A servant and and slave to their Nafs; A servant and slave to their desire, their wish and their whim.

 

Where does this concept of Abdu-Nafs come from? Qur’an Azeem-us-Sha’an! Allah swt Says in the Qur’an:

 

أَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ

[25:43]

 

That are you not amazed; do you not gaze; are you not stupefied by that person who has made their hawa – which means the desires, whims and wishes of their Nafs – their ilaah

 

They have made the Nafs their god! Aren’t you amazed at such a person?!

 

That is what we have become! We have become Abdu-Nafs. That’s why the Nafs laughs at us. Aap kero jo kuch kerna chahtey ho; fast for thirty days…koi baat nahi, stand in taraveeh..hassra hai hum per…usko pata hai bil aakhir aapne meri marzi poori kerni hai…

Allahu akbar! Such creatures of the Nafs – so weak, so weak!

 

Nafs-ul-Ammarah also refers to that person who does sin without any remorse; without any guilt; without any regret – openly, publicly, and unabashedly. Maybe you don’t understand; maybe you think:no no that’s not me. So, let me give you an example:

 

‘That person who misses Fajr salah – doesn’t feel bad when they wake up. They justify it for themselves –bus ji mey chaar waqt namaz parhta hun kabhi kabhi Fajr bhi parh leita hun. Openly they say it, without any remorse, any regret – khul ker kehtey hain!

 

Let me give you another level of Remorseless Self: that At night, when they go to sleep, they don’t have any intention to wake up – niyyat hi nayi hai uthney ki…they have no intention whatsoever in their heart to wake up! They set the alarm for 9:am – that’s what it means, that’s Nafs-ul-Ammarah – that is the Nafs’s desire of laziness, its desire to sleep – that has commanded us to such a level that we do not even desire or intend to wake up. That person has Nafs-ul-Ammarah!

 

When you lose the desire and intention to stay away from sin; not the ability – we may still not have the ability to stay away from sin – but, if you have and always maintain the desire and intention…you always intend to stay away from sin, then you don’t have Nas-ul-Ammarah. But, if you lose that talab; you lose that want and desire – recognize that you have Nafs-ul-Ammarah; Remorseless Self – the Self that commands us to do sin.

 

Allahu akbar, Just by this simple example most of us are in trouble, right…Now, Ramadan came to take us out of that Nafs-ul-Ammarah. That is in essence how Ramadan came. That is how Ramadan tried to achieve

 

 لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

[2:183]

 

that Allah Ta’ala has Umeed; Allah Ta’ala  is hopeful! Bari baat hai…Umeed kerney waley hain: Allah swt and Umeed kis baat ki hai: Taqwa…Umeed kerney wali bhi bari Azeem Zaat aur jis sift ki wuh Umeed ker rahey hain wuh umeed ki janey wali sift bhi bari azeem…magar problem: jis kay barey mey umeed ki ja rahi hai na, wuh azeem bahi..woh naqis zaeef insaan:

 

وَخُلِقَ الْإِنْسَانُ ضَعِيفًا

[4:28]

 

That’s us. Allah swt brought His Mercy to the table. We brought our Nafs to the Table. The way Ramadan tried to take us out of Nafs-ul-Ammarah is the way you come out of it by being firm and regular on the Faraidh and Wajibaat.

 

–          So, normally you will find that a person first does the Fardh,

–          Second: Due to the barakah of that fasting they observe the Fardh Salah – so they are making themselves firm on the Faraidh and Wajibaat.

 

What that does is that that takes them out of Nafs-ul-Ammarah. So, the next stage of the Nafs is called in Qur’an: Nafs-ul-lawwama

 

Nafs-ul-Lawwama is that Nafs – jo aadha musalmaan ban gya, means that: Sometimes a person sins and sometimes they don’t sin. However when they sin, they don’t feel remorseless. Its not like they don’t feel it; they feel it – they feel the sting of sin; they feel the pain of sin; they feel the guilt of sin; they become sensitized. Alhamdulillah, for many of us, that happened initially in Ramadan. And lets see, for any reason, if any of us lapsed inside Ramadan, we feel bad. So, that same person who doesn’t feel bad (doing that sin), he feels bad; he says oho I shouldn’t have committed a sin! Ramadan ka mahina hai mey nay Fajr nahi parhi – they feel that sting! Not because their god is NOT Ramadan! Allah swt is Allah. Our god is Allah swt. Our god is not the month of Ramadan. But because they were so regular in their faraidh and wajibaat in Ramadan – they feel the sting of their sin; they feel the guilt of their sin; they feel guilty when they do sin. That person is called Nafs-ul-lawwama.

Now, interestingly:

 

the person who has Nafs-ul-Ammarah is happy while the person who has Nafs-ul-lawwama is sad!

  • Why is the person who has Nafs-ul-Ammarah, happy? Because he doesn’t feel any guilt; doesn’t feel any shame. He’s actually happy; bazaahir he’s happy. He has what we call happiness – he doesn’t have something else which I’ll explain to you later. But he has what you would look at and say that he is completely happy à Happy- go-lucky! This is what we call in American English – he is happy go lucky; he’s carefree happy – because it doesn’t make a difference to him. Openly sinning; unabashedly sinning
  • The person who has Nafs-ul-Lawwama is sad, why? Because they feel guilty inside! Because if you are a ‘feeling’ mo’min: whenever you cheat on this ‘abd-Rabb relationship, you feel bad– just like a person whenever they cheat with their wife, they can’t live with that guilt – even if nobody ever knows; nobody ever finds out – there’s a guilt that eats away and gnaws at their insides. Just like the 2nd type of person who has Nafs-ul-lawwama feels sad because of that guilt. Now, what happens is that, because for many of us, our iman is weak, we can’t handle that sadness; we can’t take that guilt. So, now then the Nafs has a new fitna to deal with – which is what we call: Modernist, Reformist Islam.

Reformist Islam now comes in – they say that don’t feel the guilt, I’ll offer you another version of Islam which is Enlightened Islam, Moderate Islam, Liberal Islam, Modern Islam – And I’m not labeling their words, these are their own terms that they use!

And what is that? That is basically trying to tell us that its okay…you find it difficult; you’re being guilty and sad – we don’t want you to feel sad, we want you to be happy! So, to make you happy, we will take those things that you find difficult in the Deen away – we will make the Deen easy for you so that what you think is sin is not sin anymore!

 

You find it difficult to do Hijab? Do not feel bad about it! You can’t follow the Sunnah? Stop feeling bad about it! You couldn’t pray Sunnah rakahs, no need to feel bad about that! You can’t go to the Masjid to pray Jummah, no need to feel bad about that etc etc.

 

They knock off piece by piece by piece of the Deen because they are reforming – they themselves say: we’re reformists! What does it mean? That we will reformulate the Deen in a formula that is acceptable for you! There is a very big problem there. And the problem is, sometimes I explain this to people as what we call, ‘Diet Islam’ like ‘Diet Pepsi’

 

Diet Pepsi is drunk by people who are sick and delusional! I’ll explain:

 

Originally they are people who could drink Pepsi but for health reasons – maybe they have to go on a low-carb diet; maybe they have diabetes i.e. they are sick, basically – they have an inability to digest the full Pepsi and therefore the Marketers made Diet Pepsi for them because they were sick.

 

è Therefore just like that a person who is spiritually sick, who cannot live a life of Taqwa – the reformist Muslim is there to convince them that I’ll give you diet Islam, agar aap ko Islam hazam nayi hora, you take Diet Islam.

 

Okay, why did I say they’re delusional? Because, there is a very famous joke in America that who are the people who drink Diet Pepsi? They are the people who go to Mc. Donalds and they order a Big Mac, Super-Size fries and a Diet Pepsi. Now, if you can eat the Big Mac and you can eat the super- size fries, dropping down from Pepsi to diet Pepsi is not going to save you! Whatever droppings you got from Pepsi gets finished from just two of those fries let alone the Big Mac and the cheese and the rest of it…but, what their delusion is that they think that just because they are drinking Diet Pepsi they can go ahead and have the Big Mac and the Fries.

 

è Just like that the person who has the Diet version of Islam thinks that now I have the moderate Islam, I can get away with sin. You can’t get away with sin. There are some things in Islam, they cannot change. May be two of the most timeless things in Islam that can never ever change are:

 

The definition of Taqwa; and the definition of sin

That will never ever change; that has got nothing to do with time, with place, with geography – that will never ever ever change! What was taqwa at the time of Syeddina RasoolAllahi sallallahu alai wassalam is taqwa in 2009 Pakistan! And what was a sin the time of RasoolAllah sallallahu alai wassalam will remain a sin in 2009 Pakistan!

 

These two things can never ever be changed.

 

But, the biggest problem with diet Islam…

 

…to be continued, inshaAllah.

 

Download the Talk  MP3 HERE

 

[Following is a transcription (not word-word) of a talk by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed db on, “Retaining our spirituality after Ramadan. The original talk’s mp3 audio version is available on
Shaykh’s official website’]

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Retaining Our Spirituality After Ramadhaan

By Sister Shahnaaz Bemath

 

We enrolled 30 days in a course called Ramadhaan to reach “Taqwah”(Fear of Allah Ta’ala Ta’ala). It was a time of renewal and re-establishment of our commitment to our Beloved ALLAH TA’ALA and HIS beautiful Deen-ul-Islaam. Al-Hamdulillah! Many have graduated with flying colours – embracing them with positive Deeni (Islamic)changes. Now is a crucial time to put it into practice!

 

We fasted, gave charity, read the Qur'aan Kareem and performed the Qiyamul Layl (Tahajjud) especially the last ten, standing in prayer before ALLAH TA’ALA. We avoided gossip, slander and every evil that would invalidate our fasting. But now that Ramadhaan has bid us farewell, many of us, regrettably, will put the Qur'aan Kareem back on the shelves, will suspend fasting until next year and will overlook the night prayer. This is not the way it should be, because all of these acts of worshi p carry rewards and are of benefit to us throughout the year, in addition to the fact there is no divine prescription limiting them to Ramadhaan.

 

What is it that happens in Ramadhaan to make you so motivated to change your life around and how can you get that spirit back to make long lasting, sustainable changes in your life? What is it that ALLAH TA’ALA puts into your life to enable you to make all those changes in Ramadhaan? If we could examine that, maybe we’ll find clues to work out how we can make the Ramadhaan spirit last for more than 30 days, so you can make major sustainable changes  in your life!

 

RAMADHAAN CHANGES

1. Purpose

ALLAH TA’ALA TA'ALA give us an amazing purpose, a powerful reason for fasting, HE says it so beautifully:

 

All the deeds of the son of Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) are for him: the good deeds will be multiplied ten times to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for ME and I will reward it accordingly.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

 

Al-Hamdulillah! He gives us all hope of His Reward for abandoning food, drink and intimacy for HIS Sake in Ramadhaan.

 

2. Long Term Vision

HE also gives us a long-term vision of what we will achieve if we follow HIS Orders and avoid the things that HE has forbidden – HE could grant us, according to our intentions, the highest place in Jannah.

 

3. Structure and Organization

HE gives us clear rules and a daily structure for Ramadhaan to give us a specific rhythm to the month – with a few exceptions and some flexibility such as a change in the pattern of the days for the last 10 nights – but there are definite targets that we have to fulfil throughout.

 

4. Challenging and Slightly Unrealistic Goals

The non-Muslims often look at what we do in Ramadhaan and say that we are being extreme, that we shouldn’t be as harsh on ourselves as we are. But we are able to rise above their criticism and not pay attention to what they say, because we know that ALLAH TA’ALA never asks us to do anything that would be harmful for us. We are convinced of the value and benefits of our fasting and Qiyaam and that enables us to stretch ourselves.

 

5. Balance

In Ramadhaan, it’s not only our bodies that are cleansed through fasting, our spirituality is also improved through increased Salaah and reading of the Qur’aan Kareem. Our finances are cleansed through Zakaah, our social relationships are improved through coming together for Iftaar, and our social contribution is increased through extra Sadaqah (Charity). The Ramadhaan spirit is developed through a balanced increase in every area of life, with each aspect having its own timing, amou nt, and purpose.

 

In welcoming Ramadhaan and bidding it farewell are some points of reflection for the Mu'mineen (True Believer): Is there for us in fasting an abundance portion of effort to reform ourselves and mend our ways? Yes! It is indeed an excellent period of reflection if one ponders over the sincerity of his/her intention and appropriateness of his/her acts of worship during the blessed month.

 

A whole new beautiful chapter in your life has opened – of peace, happiness, blessings and mercy with an elated feeling of spirituality, connecting with ALLAH TA’ALA and being immersed in HIS love, Subhaan-ALLAH. Fear ALLAH TA’ALA as HE should be feared for, the fear of ALLAH TA’ALA is the best treasure for you. Obey ALLAH TA’ALA and keep away from HIS restrictions, you will achieve HIS pleasure and be saved from HIS torment. On tasting the sweetness that comes with obedience, there is no desire to return to any form of disobedience.

 

A sinful desire is like a rose from afar, we get allured by its fragrance, become blinded by its beauty, and overlook the thorns.

 

Don't allow Shaitaan to be an anchor and halt your spiritual journey. Raise the sails of Imaan to reach the beautiful shores of Jannah. Would you rather invest for short term returns, or would it be more sensible to invest for everlasting returns? Don't let the chains of desire (naffs & shaitaan), bind us to Dunya whilst restraining our soul from pursuing Jannah. May ALLAH TA’ALA make our hearts the throne upon where our Imaan will sit, and let it rule over our Naffs(desires) before i t tries to enslave us...

 

Ways to maintain the good habits you picked during Ramadhaan:

 Make Du'a

It was ALLAH TA’ALA who gave you the ability to keep the good habit in Ramadhaan, and only HE can help you maintain it afterwards. Make Du'a that ALLAH TA’ALA helps you not only keep the habit, but that HE accepts it and makes it a way for you to grow in closeness to HIM.

 

 Make it a Habit

If you want to keep good habits, you’ve got to make sure they remain part of your daily schedule. For instance, fasting. Our beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) encouraged fasting on Mondays and Thursdays? He said: “A man’s deeds are reported (to ALLAH TA’ALA) on Mondays and Thursdays and I prefer that I should be fasting when my deeds are reported.” (Hadith-Tirmidhi)

 

 Evaluate yourself Weekly

This helps you see the bigger picture. You’ll be able to evaluate on a more long-term level how well you’ve been keeping your habit in practice. You can do the same thing on a monthly and yearly basis.

 

 Don’t fall apart once you make one Mistake

The beauty of Taubah (repentance) in Islaam, is that ALLAH TA’ALA blesses us with this opportunity to return back to HIM after doing something wrong. We should remember that we are humans and that we will err. Only ALLAH TA’ALA is Perfect.

 

 Ask yourself WHY you kept the habit

Niyyah or intention is a key to ALLAH TA’ALA'S acceptance of our good deeds. If we developed a habit to impress others, for instance, we may be able to keep the momentum for a while, but most probably it’ll wear out afterwards.

 

But if we maintained a habit sincerely for the sake of ALLAH TA’ALA, Inshaa-ALLAH , not only will we be rewarded for it, but our intention will help us maintain the necessary motivation to continue to do good.

 

 Work your Way up slowly

Aa'ishah (RadhiAllah Ta’alau Anha) reported that Rasulullah(pbuh)said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and remember that you shall enter Paradise only through ALLAH TA’ALA'S Mercy, and also remember that the most beloved deed to ALLAH TA’ALA is that which is regular and constant even if it is little.” (Hadith-Al-Bukhari)

 

The wisdom in this Hadith is tremendous and it is one way of keeping up good habits you have picked up in Ramadhaan.

 

For example, let’s say you were motivated to read Qur'aan Kareem for half-an-hour on a daily basis in Ramadhaan. But now that it’s over, you feel sluggish, lazy and want to give it up. Yet, you had wanted to maintain this habit after the blessed month was over.

Instead of trying to read Qur'aan Kareem for the same amount of time, reduce the time period to as much as you are initially able to do, even if it’s just ten or twenty minutes a day.

 

If you keep up this ‘ten minutes a day’ habit, Inshaa-ALLAH TA’ALA, you will see the amount of Qur'aan Kareem you read will increase slowly but gradually, perhaps even surpassing your Ramadhaan maximum in the long-term, Inshaa-ALLAH !

 

Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of ALLAH TA’ALA 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. Forgiveness is always billowing around us, but we must raise the sails of remorse and repentance, to feel it. Now is the time to reprogram your life, rise up and get rid of the negativities, develop your potential, plan and execute, change and get changed, and you will become one of thos e gain happiness and blessings in this life and enjoy the bliss of the Hereafter, Inshaa-ALLAH TA’ALA! Be sure that reform is possible, seek help from our loving ALLAH TA’ALA, and do not feel unmotivated or lacking in strength.

 

May ALLAH TA’ALA accept our fasting, our Ibaadah and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadhaan be a better one, the state of our Ummah improves and that we are granted honour and submit to HIS obedience. ..Aameen

 

Enjoy your Eid by remaining consistent on the those good deeds and keep away from undesirable things that are capable of removing ALLAH TA’ALA'S favours from you. One of our righteous predecessors said:

 

“Each day in which no act of disobedience to ALLAH TA’ALA is committed is Eid and each day a believer spent in acts of obedience to his Lord is Eid.”

 

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