Ramadan is over, what good deeds are we continuing our lives with?
Ramadan comes to put us in a better relationship with Allah. We know this because we try our best to maximize our times to worship Allah more and do good deeds to attain His pleasure. Regardless of the stress of daily life, we do our best to gain the immense reward of ibaadah (worship) in Ramadan.
We pray tahajjud(night prayer), give sadaqa (charity), live consciously and engage in other numerous good deeds. Sadly, Ramadan is over now, Do we just abandon all these efforts we put into strengthening our relationship with Allah?
Let’s explore some ways we can continue with our ibaadah even after Ramadan.
- Continue Praying on Time.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, which deeds are best?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Prayer on time.” I said, “Then what, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “Good treatment of your parents.” I said, “Then what, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “That people are safe from your tongue.” From this hadith, we know that praying on time is an act pleasing to Allah. Like we prioritize salat during Ramadan, it’s important to continue this even after Ramadan.
- Practice the Sunnah of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
It is narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (ﷺ) use to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, why do you fast on Mondays and Thursdays?” He said: “On Mondays and Thursdays Allah forgives every Muslim except two who have forsaken one another. He says: ‘Leave these two until they reconcile.’ Let’s revive the spirit of Ramadan by fasting these days. Interestingly, intermittent fasting is scientifically good for our health.
- Engage with the Quran on a daily basis.
Ramadan is the month of Quran and every chance we get, we squeeze in to read more Quran. Similarly after it, have a daily plan of reciting Quran and studying its meanings. The Quran is a love message from Allah to us and we must open ourselves to it on a daily basis to truly understand and appreciate this message.
- Don’t forget the morning and evening adhkars (supplications).
Also, the daily adhkars are so important to us as they shield us from evil. We show gratitude to Allah for the blessings He bestows on us through these supplications. Consequently, after Ramadan, we must express gratitude to Allah and He would give us more. Don’t we need Allah even after Ramadan?
- Give Charity.
You don’t need to have lots of money to give charity to people around you. As mentioned in a hadith Abu Dharr narrated, the Messenger of Allah said : “First, your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Additionally, your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Finally, your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.” Evidently, we realize it takes just a smile or a minute act of good deed to give charity. Remember to give a charity of smile.
- Pray Tahajjud.
The primary concern for every Muslim should be how they strengthen their relationship with Allah. For instance, praying tahajjud is surely a means of attaining closeness to Allah. There are immense benefits for praying tahajjud consistently , including, praying for our needs and desires. As mentioned in this hadith, The Prophet (SAW) said: The Lord descends every night to the lowest when one third of the night remains and says, ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give Him? Who will seek my forgiveness, that I may forgive him? ( Bukhari and Muslim).
Clearly, our need for Allah does not end with Ramadan.
- Live consciously.
Ramadan being over does not mean we get to live our lives recklessly. In Ramadan, we live conscious of our sins and try our best to avoid them. It is important to note that, what is prohibited in Ramadan is still prohibited outside Ramadan. And Allah still remains Allah even out of Ramadan. Keeping this in mind is essential to living a good Muslim life.
In addition, Imaan(faith) rises and falls , and so it’s understandable if we are experiencing a dip in imaan after Ramadan. Nonetheless, experiencing a dip is no reason to stay in the dip. Without a doubt, the greatest jihad a person can engage in is the jihad with the self. Let us not be Muslims who worship the month of Ramadan , by this i mean , when we engage in all these acts only in Ramadan, it almost means we are worshipping Ramadan and not Allah.
May Allah grant us ease in worship. Aameen.