What Have We Gained From Ramadân?

I received the following aptly timed beneficial reminder in my inbox, may we be of those who benefit from it, bi-idhnillâh:

Ramadân is a school of îmân and a “stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries” – to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year…

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadân?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ].

“Verily, Allâh does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Ar-Ra’d 13:11]

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadân, fulfilled the requirements of taqwâ, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allâh, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death. Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it. Have you seen one who sewed a shirt, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling out thread by thread for no reason. What would people say about such a person?! Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, and then when the night comes, he throws away all he has earned. What would people say about such a person?!

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadân and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favoured with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allâh he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allâh only in Ramadân!

My dear ones,

Falling short in one’s commitment to Islâm after Ramadân is manifested in many ways, including:

1. Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for Tarâwîh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.

2. Returning to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.

This is not thankfulness [to Allâh] for blessings and favours, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one’s actions, rather this is opposition to favours and absence of thankfulness.

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted – and Allâh’s refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of Îd, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allâh may not accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadân for six months after it.

From signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ].

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]’…” [Ibrâhîm 14:7]

Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.

“And worship your Lord until there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death].” [Al-Hijr 15:99]

The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience to Allâh firm upon His Sharî’ah, steadfast upon His Dîn, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allâh only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadân is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Sharî’ah of Allâh until he meets Him while He is pleased with him. Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] said:

“So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allâh].” [Hûd 11:112]

And:

“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” [Fussilat 41:6]

And the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Say: ‘I believe in Allah’, then be steadfast.” [Muslim]

– If the fasting in Ramadân has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of ‘Âshûrâ’ and ‘Ârafat, and others.

– If standing in prayer at night during Ramadân has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year.

“They used to sleep but little of the night.” [Adh-Dhârîyât 51:17]

– If the charity in Ramadân and Zakât al-Fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakât, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions and striving in the path of Allâh.

– Reading of the Qur’ân and contemplating it is not only for Ramadân, rather it is for all times.

Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brother and sister – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.

And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.

Be steadfast and upright upon the Dîn of Allâh at all times, for you do not know when you will meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.

“O Allâh, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Dîn.”

I ask Allâh to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadân be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord, amîn!

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