What Now after Ramadan?

First of all, we praise Allah and thank Him for having fasted this Ramadan and praying in it’s nights, as thereโ€™s huge reward in this. Those who prayed and fasted with Imaan and seeking reward have all their past sins forgiven. And therefore it is upon us to be happy over this achievement.

Secondly, we might have noticed that our acts of worship have decreased in these days after Ramadan; that weโ€™re not doing as much. But know that this is not something blameworthy, as the Shareeโ€™ah encourages us to strive and push ourselves at certain times, Ramadan being one of them. So if we notice a decrease in our actions then that is a glad tiding, as it is a sign that you were from those who answered the call to do good in this last month. Rather know that what is blameworthy is if, during this decline, you fall into the things that are prohibited and begin to become lax in the things that are obligatory.

The Prophet ๏ทป said, 

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ู„ูƒู„ ุนู…ู„ ุดุฑุฉ ูˆู„ูƒู„ ุดุฑุฉ ูุชุฑุฉ ูู…ู† ูƒุงู†ุช ูุชุฑุชู‡ ุฅู„ู‰ ุณู†ุชูŠ ูู‚ุฏ ุงู‡ุชุฏู‰ ูˆู…ู† ูƒุงู†ุช ุฅู„ู‰ ุบูŠุฑ ุฐู„ูƒ ูู‚ุฏ ู‡ู„ูƒ

For every single action there is a momentum. And for every single momentum, there is a decline. So whoever, in their decline, still holds on to my Sunnah (adheres to the commandments and stays away from the prohibited things) is someone who is guided. And whoever, in their decline, does not do that is someone who is destroyed.

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So what do we do now after Ramadan?

We should think of Ramadan as a practice and a training. In the last 30 days, we filled our time with fasting, praying, dhikr, duโ€™a, reciting Qurโ€™an and more. We left off even things that were permissible and sought reward from Allah. And now that Ramadan has ended, we should not let these virtuous actions escape us. Rather, we should have consistency even if we only do a little every day.

The Prophet ๏ทป said, 

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ุฎุฐูˆุง ู…ู† ุงู„ุฃุนู…ุงู„ ู…ุง ุชุทูŠู‚ูˆู†ุŒ ูุฅู† ุงู„ู„ู‡ ู„ุง ูŠู…ู„ ุญุชู‰ ุชู…ู„ูˆุงุŒ ูˆุฅู† ุฃุญุจ ุงู„ุนู…ู„ ุฅู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุฃุฏูˆู…ู‡ ูˆุฅู† ู‚ู„

Do from the voluntary actions only as much as you are able to, as Allah does not get bored of watching you do good deeds and rewarding you for them until you get bored. And verily the most beloved actions to Allah is that which is done regularly, even if it’s only a little.

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And, Alhamdulillah, Allah has legislated many voluntary actions to be done regularly throughout the year so that we may stock up from them and make sure that not a single day goes by and we havenโ€™t increased in righteous actions. From them is:

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Fasting

The Prophet ๏ทป said,

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ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุตูŽุงู…ูŽ ุฑูŽู…ูŽุถุงู†ูŽ ุซูู…ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽุชูŽุจูŽุนูŽู‡ู ุณูุชู‹ู‘ุง ู…ูู†ู’ ุดูŽูˆูŽู‘ุงู„ู ูƒุงู†ูŽ ูƒุตููŠูŽุงู…ู ุงู„ุฏูŽู‘ู‡ู’ุฑู

Whoever fasts Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if they fasted for a lifetime

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The Prophet ๏ทป also said,

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ุตูˆู’ู…ู ุซู„ุงุซูŽุฉู ุฃูŽูŠูŽู‘ุงู…ู ู…ู†ู’ ูƒู„ูู‘ ุดูŽู‡ุฑู ุตูˆู’ู…ู ุงู„ุฏู‡ู’ุฑู ูƒูู„ูู‘ู‡ู

Fasting 3 days from every month is like fasting for a lifetime

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And it’s best to make these 3 days the 13th, 14th, 15th of every Islamic month if possible to make them coincide with the White Days

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Prayer

We should be eager to pray as much of we can of the sunnah and nafl prayers in the day and in the night, as the Prophet ๏ทป said to the servant when he asked for the Prophetโ€™s companionship in Jannah,

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ูุฃุนูู†ูู‘ูŠ ุนู„ูŽู‰ ู†ูŽูู’ุณููƒูŽ ุจูƒูŽุซู’ุฑูŽุฉู ุงู„ุณูู‘ุฌููˆุฏู

Then help me in your request by increasing in prostration (i.e prayer)

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Dhikr

Just like we all strove in Ramadan to be of those whom the Prophet ๏ทป said โ€œWhoever fasts Ramadan and stands in prayer in it’s nights with faith and seeking reward all of their past sins will be forgivenโ€, we should strive to be of those whom the Prophet ๏ทป said,

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ู…ู† ู‚ุงู„ ุณุจุญุงู† ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆุจุญู…ุฏู‡ ู…ุงุฆุฉ ู…ุฑุฉุŒ ุบูุฑุช ุฎุทุงูŠุงู‡ ูˆุฅู† ูƒุงู†ุช ู…ุซู„ ุฒุจุฏ ุงู„ุจุญุฑ

Whoever says โ€˜SubhaanAllah wa bihamdihiโ€™ 100 times, their sins will be forgiven even if they were as much as the foam of the sea

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Qurโ€™an

And the best dhikr you can keep your tongue moist with is the speech of Allah. Of which, the Prophet ๏ทป said,

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ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู‚ูŽุฑูŽุฃูŽ ุญูŽุฑู’ูู‹ุง ู…ูู†ู’ ูƒูุชูŽุงุจู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ููŽู„ูŽู‡ู ุจูู‡ู ุญูŽุณูŽู†ูŽุฉูŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽุณูŽู†ูŽุฉู ุจูุนูŽุดู’ุฑู ุฃูŽู…ู’ุซูŽุงู„ูู‡ูŽุง 

Whoever recites a letter from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it

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So let us make sure that each day we slot in these actions so we can get closer to Allah and taste the sweetness of Iman.

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