Praise be to Allah for specifying Ramadan for us Muslims, and designating in it an abundance of rewards and an elevation of degrees. He has also promised to forgive those who observe fasting in Ramadan with faith and seek its reward.
So here we are, having witnessed the end of a blessed month, a month of forgiveness and closeness to Allah, a month of good deeds, worship and pure pleasure and a month filled with beautiful Qur’an recitation.
With the end of this month, a lesson is given to those who seek it, and a trial for those who missed reaping and investing in its rewards; an eloquent sermon to those who held themselves accountable, feared the Day of Judgment and prayed to their Lord to grant them His paradise with the righteous people.
This month leaves us with a heartbreak and a lesson, exactly like how loved ones leave us behind when death takes them away…but this is life! Nothing lasts forever, and the happy ones in it are those who Allah blesses with steadfastness, sincerity and good deeds, and were not deluded by the pleasures, lusts and desires of this life.
Ramadan is considered to be the best training session of the year and the best of training camps to those who strove and were steadfast upon being righteous. It is the best school that builds and prepares leaders. So, for those who dipped themselves in its river, picked its fruits and walked in its gardens, realizing its components and had knowledge of its secrets, it surely reflects on their souls, hearts and senses after its passing.
Preserving Ramadan’s Fruits:
The happy ones are those who Allah blessed with the ability to fast Ramadan and observe its nights with worship seeking rewards. And the losers are those who came out of it the same way they entered it. But glad tidings to those who preserved this month’s fruits and held on to them while asking Allah for acceptance and steadfastness.
Almu’allaa bin Alfadl said, “They used to supplicate to Allah for six months to inform them (let them reach) Ramadan, then they would supplicate for six month for Allah to accept from them (their fasting)! 1
Our righteous predecessors used to perfect their deeds and complete them, and then care for its acceptance afterwards.
Abu Ad-Dardaa’ said, “To be certain that Allah accepted one’s prayer is more beloved for me than this life and what is in it”.
We have achieved many fruits this month along with great benefits, from becoming firm in submitting to Allah and His orders and leaving His prohibitions to gaining piety and sincerity. Reviewing our relationship with Qur’an, preserving our tongues and time, having patience in obeying Allah and the hardship of worshiping acts, perseverance in remembering and supplicating to Allah became a part of our daily routine.
Persistence upon good and righteous deeds:
There is a prophetic guidance towards the importance of persisting in righteous deeds after Ramadan.
The Prophet said, “Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal will be (rewarded) as if he had fasted the entire year.” 2
To continue fasting after Ramadan makes us feel that we are still engaged with the blessed month, thus continuing what we were upon during the month of Ramadan from righteous deeds.
The Prophet said, “When Allah wants good for a slave, He puts him in action.” It was said: “How does he put him in action O Messenger Of Allah?” He said: “By making him meet up with the righteous deeds before death.” 3
“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death)” (Al-Hijr, 15:99).
This verse indicates a divine guidance on the necessity of persistence in obedience without boredom and slackness.
When ‘Aisha asked the Messenger of Allah , “what deeds are loved most by Allah? He said, “the most regular constant deeds even though they may be few. 4
Imam An-Nawawi said about this hadith, “in it is urging for continuation of doing good deeds, and that few but continuous deeds are better than an abundance but is discontinued, because with the constant few is constant obedience, remembrance, observance, intention, sincerity to the Creator , and where the few but continuous give constant fruits and is increased from that of the abundant but discontinued.
From the great examples of our righteous predecessors, is that ‘Aisha used to pray duha with eight rakats and she would say, “I would never stop doing them even if my parents were to be brought back to life.” 5
From the greatest reasons of Allah’s love is persistence on accomplishing righteous deeds, as in the hadith where the Messenger of Allah said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘I will declare war against him who treats with hostility a pious worshiper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary prayers or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) until I love him, (so much so that) I become his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me something, I will surely give him, and if he seeks My Protection (refuge), I will surely protect him”. 6
People are different, there are those whose ambitions are attached to the Most-Merciful’s Throne and Paradise, and others ambitions are attached to pleasures, self-satisfaction, status and desires, so which of those two teams are you from?
An Arabic proverb says, “A man is defined with as much ambition instilled in him”.
May Allah have mercy on Rabi’ah bin Ka’b Al-Aslami , how high his ambition was when the Messenger of Allah said, “Ask of me? And he said, “I want to be with you in Paradise” 7
Maymoon bin Mahran said, “There is no goodness in this life except for a repentant, or a man working on different levels of rewards, besides those are only losers”.
Such righteous predecessors used to feel shy from being in a day similar to the one before it.
O Allah, make all our deeds righteous, sincere for Your sake, and empty from any hypocrisy. AMEEN
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