The holy month of Ramadan has been passed. We are back to our routine life. But do we really gain from one month of workshop that we have done in holy month of Ramadan? Did assess yourself? How much we gain with this workshop and how much continuity in our daily life.
The Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) was asked: What is the most beloved deed? He said: Always done, even if it is less.
Allaah says: O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous. [Surah al-Baqarah: 183]
Now, what is TAQWA? It is piousness that one should not be preoccupied with that what Allah forbids, and should not be heedless of what He commands. The purpose of fasting is nothing but to know the Lord, to know Him and to know Him. In the month of Ramadan, piety is practiced so that the rest of the life we should follow the righteous path.
Allah Almighty said in Surah Al-Zariyat: “I created humans and Jinn only for Our worship.”
Then why does man turn away from it, neglect and laziness. And to what extent it is permissible and correct, it is a matter of think thoroughly.
The word TAQWA has a wide meaning. It includes every action, deed, object, deed, word, method, food, drink, walking, getting up, sitting, etc., which brings one closer to the ALLAH. In the month of Ramadan, the believers try to do everything that is the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH), but does our good deeds continue even after the departure of the holy month? Do we have introspected our deeds? If the answer is positive, then thanks to Allah and try to maintain it or if the answer is negative then it is a very unfortunate situation and a significant change in behavior is needed.
If we maintaining the recitation of the Holy Quran, almsgiving and charity, staying up at night, participating in religious activities, informing the poor and needy, controlling anger, paying off debts, praying for the sick Those who are unselfish, those who support the weak, those who pay due respect to their neighbors, those who deal kindly with relatives and orphans, those who try to outdo each other in good deeds, and those who stay awake at night for prayers, those who perform Zikr and Tahajjud, those who wait from one prayer to another, those who fast to understand the intensity of hunger and thirst of others. Those who adopting Halal and avoiding Haraam, avoiding immorality, avoiding fights, protecting the tongue from abusive language, obeying the orders of parents, the faults of others. Those who cover up, those who keep their minds clean from dirty thoughts, those who strive to understand the Qur’an and follow its commands. Those who pay the right of the rightful, those who have compassion on children, those who spend their nights in Nawafil and Sunan even in the times after the holy month of Ramadan.
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an for such believers. “Surely those who say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’ then remain steadfast, neither fear nor grieve for them.” [Surah Al-Ahqaf: 13]
After Ramadan also maintain the same state and continue your Ibadah the it’s a great achievement otherwise it’s a great deficit.
It can be seen that the mosques are full during the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the Muslims observe the prayers, not only the obligatory prayers but also the Sunnah and Nawafil prayers and the Taraweeh prayers are performed with great pleasure. Reads the Qur’an with great enthusiasm, understands the Qur’an and recites the Qur’an, engages in all kinds of worships, tries their best to commend the Lord through Qyam-o-Siyam. But do the same practices follow after Ramadan? In a personal observation, it is not at all. We must fully adhere to our state of Ramadan. Becoming a “Muslim in Ramadan” alone will not change the state of mind and heart, nor will it lead our lives to success. It seems that Allah (SWT) has reserved worship for us only for one month. Allah (SWT) has made the month of Ramadan as a month workshop and especially for the believers to practice righteous deeds so that the hearts of the believers may be inclined towards good deeds, purity of soul may be attained, and they may be steadfast in it for entire life. Recognize the real. Does the Lord provide RIZQ for us only in Ramadan? After Ramadan, all our things are closed, if not, then why do we consider him as our Lord until Ramadan? It is not our duty to live our life according to His will and till our last breath.
Allah (SWT) says: “Whoever is humiliated by Allah, there is no one to honor him.” [Surah Hajj: 18]
But it is a pity and surprise that most of the people in Ramadan, despite paying special attention to fasting, Ibadah, giving Zakat, obeying their parents and follow the righteous path. But it does not seem that these are the same people after Eid. It seems that we are waiting for the end of the month of Ramadan to fall into the mire of sin and wasting our time. But on the other hand, the righteous people heart was crying on the passing of this holy month.
Even after Ramadan, we should observe fasting and prayers, cooperate with each other, take care of our neighbors as we used to do in Ramadan, and if there is a shortfall in Ramadan, we should remove it. The happiness we got after giving Zakat and Sadaqat in Ramadan. Let us keep our hands open for the same happiness even after Ramadan, wealth is a trust given by Allah (SWT), so we should spend it in the way prescribed by Allah (SWT).
Allah’s blessings and bounties are not only for Ramadan but also for all the time. Therefore, engage in all the Ibadah and good deeds so that the pleasure of Allah may be obtained and you may be safe from His wrath.
Allah (SWT) says in His Holy Qur’an: “Allah keeps the believers steadfast in the truth in this life and in the Hereafter.” [Surah Ibrahim: 27]
After all, who are they who’s success declared by Allah (SWT)? Yes, these are the same people who are always engaged in worship and piety, not temporarily but till death. They are not those who only reserved for Ramadan.
After Ramadan too, we should help the poor, take care of the sick, stay away from obscenities, do not deprive anyone of their rights, follow the prohibition of evil, respect the elders, stay away from interest system, do not engage in prohibited practices, trade according to the principles of Islam, avoid superstitions, do not give preference to rituals and customs, promote Islamic law and religious teachings, be suffice with Halal earnings only and be steadfast on these practices. Just like in Ramadan, we followed these to get blessing of the Allah (SWT). Avoid Haram (prohibited) earnings and save your family for this practice. Be satisfied and don’t let patience get away from your life.
Just as you value time in Ramadan, so do you value time in the rest of your life. Keep yourself away from wasting your time like on movies, music, lies, backbiting, gossip etc. and get benefited by reading good books and gaining useful knowledge. Try to be patience, be tolerant, respect to elders and be friendly with younger, take care of your neighbors with pride and praise. If we truly follow the above-mentioned things and maintain this in our routine, then the Qur’an and Hadith will prevail in our life and will be example for others. The stronger the faith, the closer it will be to Allah (SWT).
Allah says: “Surely, those who say, Our Lord is Allah, then remain steadfast to Him, the angels descend upon them, they should not fear, nor grieve and for the paradise for which were promised.” [Surah Al Sajadah: 30]
We have been given the assurance of paradise and have been granted protection from fear in this world and in the hereafter. Do we not see that the lives of those who fear Allah are truly successful?” This does means that they have bank balances of huge money, they have big buildings, they have big positions. It means that their heart will be satisfied, have patience and talks have values. If the heart is satisfied then this is the greatest wealth. If the blessing has been obtained, meaning the heart will feel peace and comfort. Blessing does not mean increase in wealth but blessing is related to the satisfaction of heart and soul, blessing means outward and inward peace.
Whether we achieved the goals of Ramadan or not? we have to analyze it ourselves. If there is a difference between the life before and after, then the goals of Ramadan are not achieved. We have to re-evaluate ourselves and change our attitude. otherwise all our efforts during Ramadan went to vain.
Hazrat Hassan Basri (Rahimullah) said, “When they were humiliated, they started disobeying and if they were honorable, they would have protected this.”
By keeping the fasts of Ramadan, the heart was blessed with peace, kept the footsteps on the straight path, performed the rights of Allah (SWT) as well as the rights of the people. If the same is not continue after Ramadan, no one can save us from misguidance and humiliation will be our destiny. But if we remain steadfast on his path and good deeds, honor will be our destiny and we will have the glory of both worlds.
The Holy Qur’an emphasizes the need to maintain good deeds consistently. The Qur’an contains many verses on the steadfastness of good deeds and its benefits.
God Almighty has stated in the Holy Book: O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and never die except as Muslims. [Surat al-Imran: 102]
And in another place, he said: “Worship your Lord till you die!” [Surah Al-Hijr: 99]
From these verses, it is clear that devotion is not limited to Ramadan but is required till the last breath of life.
But today’s Muslims ignore these commands of Allah and consider only one month as the source of their escape. If these verses are considered, it is clear what is the cause of our inferiority. We reserved our good deeds only for Ramadan. Just fasted for a month which is a sign of self-purification, reserved all the blessings for only few days, is this the purpose of this verse? If we have understood this way then the torment of Allah has come upon us, the torment of Allah has surrounded us from all sides. In the present age, Muslims are suffering from all kinds of degradation, they are suffering from various discriminations and declinations. We are losing our glorious status and proud. Economical, educational, social, moral, political, linguistical, scientific, technical and religious dignity, we are failing in all aspects. All these things are because of the failure to implement the purpose of Ramadan in our life throughout the year, not only in one month. The purpose of fasting was to adopt piety (Taqwa) and the Muslims practiced piety verbally but practically denied it.
The current incurable disease Corona virus (Covid-19) has been observed in this context. As Allah (SWT) imposed punishment in the form of epidemics to earlier Ummah after their disobedience, the same form will be applied to us if we turn away from Him and His principles. In present scenario, there is an opportunity for the Muslim Ummah to recover from this. Today, all human sciences, experiments, researches, techniques, intellectual have been failed. If the believers have understanding then they can understand this and realize human reality and recognize the reality of the God.
It is narrated on the by Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqah (May Allah be pleased with her) that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “Always try to do good deeds, no matter how small it is.”
Indeed, it is very important that we should maintain all our good deeds throughout the whole year and keep it continue in our life. There is peace, prosperity, success and great rewards in maintaining our good deeds with continuity, even if our deeds are small but with sincere.
Hassan Ahmad is a research scholar. He is pursuing his PhD as well associated with an IT company in India. He has an excellent command on language and having good thoughts on social causes.