Life after Ramadan: reaping the fruits and keeping the spirit alive

As the month of Ramadan comes to a close we should take a step back and look at what we set out to achieve at the start of Ramadan and we should also look forward and plan how we will endeavour to make the most of this month going forward.

Reaping the fruits of Ramadan

At the beginning of Ramadan we set ourselves various goals and targets to achieve during Ramadan. We probably achieved these goals and targets to varying different degrees. The achievement of these goals and targets in and of themselves are a great blessing for which the reward is as high as being forgiven all of our sins, being saved from the Hellfire and entry into the Mercy and reward from Allah. May Allah accept from us all of our deeds and reward us with these great prizes. However, there is more to it. Allah makes it clear that the purpose of Ramadan is for us to attain taqwa and become better than we were before. So it is important for us to analyse our achievements and to ensure that we make the most of these achievements going forward.

We should carefully look at what we managed to achieve in Ramadan. Be it the fasting, praying, reciting the Quran etc. and pick out from these things what we will continue to do after Ramadan and to what extent. Ramadan is a time that Allah makes it easy for His slaves to reach great heights and post-Ramadan it will not be as easy to reach the same levels. Out of habit, we may continue for a while but as the trials and tribulations of life hit us we may find that we are slipping back to our state that we were in before Ramadan within a matter of months, weeks or even days. So we need to take a practical and systematic approach.

If we managed to make sure that we were getting to the masjid in time to pray our sunnah before the fard then we should aim to make sure that we are at least getting to the masjid in time for the fard. If the masjid is far away but we were making an effort to get to the masjid for ‘isha everyday to pray in congregation then we should make sure that we are still making an effort to go to the masjid a certain number of times in the week. If we managed to complete the recitation of the entire Quran during this month then we should ensure that we continue to read the Quran everyday, perhaps half a juz or quarter a juz everyday. If we managed to control our eyes and tongue from falling into that which is frivolous and displeasing to Allah then we should ensure that we are now at least not falling into the haram.

Whatever it is that we have managed to achieve, each of us need to set ourselves some minimum targets based on these achievements to keep to.

Living the spirit of Ramadan

Although the days and nights of Ramadan come to an end, the spirit of Ramadan should remain very much alive in the life of a Muslim. This is because the life of a Muslim is nothing more than keeping to that which Allah has commanded, abstaining from that which He has prohibited and yearning for the Mercy and reward from his Lord as a result of this period of obedience and abstaining.

The parallels between Ramadan and the life of a Muslim are amazing when we ponder over it deeply. Ramadan is a short period of time, one month in a whole year. Our life in this dunya is only a short period when we look at our ‘life’ as a whole. The creation of our souls, the blowing of our souls into the fetus in our mother’s womb, our life on this Earth, our death and the time in the grave and finally the life of the akhirah. In Ramadan we abstain from that which Allah has made forbidden even though during the rest of the year they are halal. In our lives we abstain from things that we see people enjoying and taking great pleasure from all around us. At the end of Ramadan comes the great celebration of Eid where we celebrate and thank Allah for allowing us to live through Ramadan achieving what we managed to achieve. At the end of our life, if we’ve lived a righteous life which Allah accepts, we have the greatest ‘Eid’ of having Allah bestow upon us His Mercy, forgiving our sins and entering us into His gardens that He has prepared for His righteous slaves. A place where we are given the greatest reward of being able to gaze at the Face of the Lord of the Universe, a place where there are delights that no eyes have seen, no ears have heard and no hearts can even imagine in their wildest fantasies.

May Allah accept our humble efforts that we made in this month, allow us to be better than we were before Ramadan and May He allow all the Muslims in the World to enjoy the blessed day of Eid.

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Posted on 29 August 2011, in Ramadan and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. All praise to ALLAH (SWT) and peace on Hazrat Mohammad (SAW)

    Dear Quran Tracker Team,

    Assalam o Alaikum!

    First of all my intention is not to hurt anyone, so, please forgive me if I hurt someone unintentionally.

    I appreciate the work you have done and the effort you have put in the development of the software, may ALLAH reward you with the best of HIS rahmah.

    I came across your website and was hoping that this is one site that one can get benefit from.

    But when I saw that in order to be get the real benefit one needs to pay for it, I really was shocked and felt a tremor in my spine, thinking:

    “What if Mohammad (SAW) asked for money or reward in order to deliver the Quran to the humanity? Would then the Quran have reached us the way it has reached us now? Would then Quran have played It’s part to change the minds of people as it does now?”

    My dear friends, Mohammad (SAW) never asked for money or any other reward to teach Quran because it wasn’t a worldly trade, that was a trade with ALLAH (SWT).

    If you get voluntarily donations, it is fine and believe me ALLAH will make you ghani insha ALLAH, but if you will try to sale out it as a product you may get some worldly benefit from it but in the long run that is the the hereafter it may not profit you as it should.

    My dear brothers, this is my sincere advise to you, I’m a seeker of guidance from ALLAH (SWT) and pray for that for all Muslims, may ALLAH give us the right understanding of Islam and make us steadfast on it. Ameen ya Rab al Alameen.

    JazakALLAH o khairan kaseera

    Your well wisher as a Muslim brother.
    Majid

    • Assalamu alaikum Br. Majid,

      I hope you are well inshaa Allah. Please accept my apology for coming back to your comment over a year later, I had missed some of the comments on the blog and only noticed it now. Jazaak Allahu khair for your advice. As you may be aware, QuranTracker is now free again and you do not need to pay a fee to use QuranTracker fully.

      Although what you have said is correct (by offering QT as a free service, the reward with Allah will be greater inshaa Allah), however, I do feel that your sentiment is not correct. We were not charging to give people the Quran. We were charging for providing software that helps people to learn the Quran. Firstly providing a service like this has costs associated with it. Secondly a lot of time and effort has gone into developing this system. We as Muslims must not take this attitude that anything Islamic must be free. If we want quality Islamic products and services, we must appreciate that it takes time and effort to produce and therefore we should be prepared to pay for it. Would it not be a great thing if there lots of people producing great Islamic products and services as their main activity in life. And by that I mean that it was their full time job. How can this be possible if they are expected to do it for free? So instead they will have to find a ‘normal’ job which pays money so that they can pay their bills and put food on the plate and work on Islamic projects in their spare time as a side project.

      Again, jazaak Allahu khair for your advice and I do agree with it but I just wanted to present a different perspective on this. Please forgive me if I have cause any hurt or offence.

      Wassalam
      Ziad

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