Ramadan is a blessed time of the year when you feel the absence of the devils (literally!) and can focus on your spirituality better than at any other time. Ramadan IS special! But, how can you maintain a spiritual high even after Ramadan? This article will help you with just that. Read on!
It is easy to get caught up in the Ramadan hype as everyone around you is constantly talking about it: the roads are full of signboards offering exclusive Ramadan discount deals; everyone seems to have a copy of the Quran, and hey…even the TV is showing iftaar-time ads.
It’s “Ramadan time” so even the most sinful amongst us get a faith-uplift!
But for how long? That is the big question and that is up to us to decide!
Many a times, we cannot keep the Ramadan spirit alive after Ramadan because we just don’t care enough. So folks, what are we going to do now that Ramadan is over? Get back to the old routine? The routine of music in bed, interest (riba) in dealings, gossip in gatherings, flirting in streets? The same old routine of neglecting salaah? Or have you decided to change, to really change, this time?
Apart from blaming it on Shaytan (“He is back from the jail, how can I keep that spirit alive?!”), here are some tips which may aid you in keeping that awesome feeling of being close to Allah, which you felt during the blessed month.
1. Continue Doing Good Deeds
A sign that our efforts have been accepted in Ramadan is that we continue to do good even after Ramadan. It does not mean that we fast every single day even after Ramadan. All of us know we can’t and won’t be able to go to the masjid for nawafil prayers outside of Ramadan as regularly as we would like to. Our recitation of the Quran would decrease as well. That’s the reality! However, there are (and should be) some steps that you took during Ramadan. Let’s say you have climbed 100 steps. After Ramadan, you might come 30 steps down. Yes, that happens! But the point is: don’t go crashing down. Don’t go back to zero.
Ramadan is the time when we change ourselves. We get freedom from the prisons of our own making: the prison of loss, of desires, of obsession, of blameworthy attachments, of addictions, of being a slave of our whims, etc. Don’t lose your freedom after Ramadan.
Continue doing some good deeds that you were doing during the blessed month, like praying tahajjud for example.
“From one prayer to the next, from one Ramadan to the next, from one Hajj to the next, this expiates for whatever (sins) were committed from one to the next, so long as you avoid major sins.” 1
2. Try Even if it’s Little!
You might be of those who don’t even try to repent or get closer to Allah because of various reasons. But trust me, whatever you do during Ramadan for His sake (even if it’s little) will be appreciated by Him. Allah is ready to accept you, even if your efforts were minimal. I mean, if He comes running to you when you go walking to Him, 2 why would you want to go back to the old routine? Why not pick up the pieces from here and work towards building a stronger faith?
YOU’VE ALREADY GOT A START, so don’t lose it all.
3. Don’t Go Back to Square One
What’s the point of doing all those amazing deeds during Ramadan only to abandon them later? What was the point of long taraweehs if you go back to neglecting your obligatory salah (prayers) five times a day? Would you want all your deeds and efforts to go in vain? Down the drain? How devastating is that!
Think about it!
“Whoever says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, seeking the Countenance of Allah thereby, and that is the last of his deeds, will enter Paradise. Whoever gives charity and that is the last of his deeds will enter Paradise.” 3
LAST DEED OF OUR LIFE COUNTS, and to have a good end, we need to stick to doing good at all times.
4. You Can Do Better
Almost every one changes in Ramadan, one way or another. You see people frequenting the masajid more, the Qur’an recitation increases and more people are willing to give charity than they would have ever done.
Now look at yourself: do you see some positive changes in you too? Hopefully, your answer is YES. This means that all of us are actually capable of doing good and being better Muslims. We are capable of leaving evil desires, of obeying Allah and of being better Muslims. So oh Muslims, know that you can become a better version of yourself. Don’t let anyone stop you.
YOU ARE CAPABLE of becoming the best version of yourself. Everyone strives to be pious during Ramadan. What really shows our resolve and sincerity is keeping up the momentum long after the month is over.
“Those which are continuous, even if they are little.” 4
This Ramadan, go for something different. Being good during Ramadan and returning to the same old bad habits after Ramadan has been the norm for many of us. Let us change the formula and make it this instead:
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear your suggestions on how we can keep the Ramadan hype alive in us even after the blessed month has ended. 🙂