Ramadan is not just a set of days with an expiry date. Lets not leave Ramadan in Ramadan.
As we enter upon the month of Shawaal, let us not leave off the many acts of worship we performed during the blessed month of Ramadan. Ramadan, for most of us, was a time of renewal and reestablishment of our commitment to Allaah and His religion.
We fasted, gave charity, read the Quran and performed the night prayer. We avoided gossip, slander and every evil that would invalidate our fasting. But now that Ramadan is over, the majority of us, unfortunately, will put the Quran back on the shelves, will suspend fasting until next year and will abandon the night prayer. This is not the way it should be, because all of these acts of worship carry rewards and are of benefit to us throughout the year, in addition to the fact that there is no divine prescription limiting them to Ramadan.
Ramadan revival tips:
Note: Its undoubtingly hard to beat that feeling one gets when we commit to the following acts during Ramadan. But inshallah, we will witness a fraction of the the tranquility that once consumed us by committing to these acts outside Ramadan.
1) Fasting: Continue Fasting at your own pace.
The Prophet (PBUH) was informed that I said that I would perform prayers the whole night and observe fasting every day as long as I live. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Is it you who said this?” I said to him, “O Messenger of Allah! I ransom you with my parents, it is I who said that.” Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “You will not be able to do that. Observe fast and break it; sleep and get up for prayer, and observe fast for three days during the month; for every good is multiplied ten times and that will be equal to fasting the whole year.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah! I can do more than that.” He said,”Observe fast one day and leave off the next two days.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah! I have strength to do more than that.” Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,”Observe fast every other day, and that is the fasting of Dawud (PBUH) and that is the most moderate fasting”.
I HIGHLY Recommend at the very least to fast in Shawwal.
Abu Ayyub (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.
2) Quran: Do not be of those who Allah mention: “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts? (Qur’an, 47:24)
Establish a connection with the Quran. If you are a regular, aim to excel.
3) Dua: Take a few minutes every day to sit and say, “AstaghfirAllah (I seek forgiveness from Allah).” Every time you make this request of Allah (swt), remember something you’ve done that may have displeased Him Or Say Alhamdulillah and ask him to make us amongst those who are grateful to Him, asking Him to soften our hearts and allow us to be moved by gratitude for His Favors.. Or simply ask Allah for anything really.
4) Salat: We Muslims are naturally inclined to be more practicing in Ramadan. We pray all five time, in the mosque perhaps, we uptake the sunnah prayers, even nafl too. We pray Tahajuud and Qiyam, everyday for an entire month and etc. But just how many of us will we devote out time to these illustrations of worship outside of Ramadan. Choose one. perfect it and make it a lifetime habit.
5) Charity: The Prophet ﷺ has told us that, “Sadaqah extinguishes sins like water extinguishes fire”. If it extinguishes sins like water extinguishes fire why shouldn’t we rush to it, Btw on a side note, i highly recommend:www.HelpGazaNow.com for inshallah immediate Gaza Relief
6) Increase our Good Deeds: Allah (swt) tells us, “Indeed the mercy of Allah is near to those who do good” (Qur’an, 7: 56). God has also told us, “Indeed, good deeds remove the evil deeds. That is a reminder for those who remember” (Qur’an, 11:114).
7) Have an Objective: In every salah (prayer), have an objective. Whether obligatory or extra, make the objective to come out of that prayer purer than you did when you were born. Ask Allah for `afiya – for your sins to be forgiven and wiped away, so that it is as if you never even committed them.
There is still time to come back to Allah (swt)! Allah (swt) loves when we go back to Him with sincerity and humility, carrying the burden of our sins to Him, with hopes of having them obliterated and being completely forgiven.
Let us go back to Him, asking for His forgiveness and pleasure, for Him to open our hearts and soften our limbs to His command, asking Him to replace the burden of our shortcomings with the blessing of His Mercy. Once we’ve done so, let us go back to Him, feeling light, overflowing with hope and pumped with energy to seek His pleasure through working passionately for His sake, feeling immensely optimistic that He will forgive us, reward us and answer us inshaAllah (God Willing).
Keep knocking on the door. Allah (swt), the One Who Answers, will undoubtedly answer.
May Allah swt accept all our good and lawful wishes. Indeed He knows the secrets of Hearts and No One can Accept dua’s except Him. Ya Allah We Only beg from You. Please accept our humble duas. Aameen ya Rabb!!