Ramadan is the month of countless blessings, in this holy month a Muslim can gather lot of blessings, ask Allah Almighty for forgiveness and to be saved from the fire of hell. However, the sad thing is that this month only comes once a year; therefore, it is the duty of a true Muslim to make full use of this month while it prevails, and learn from it to make the rest of the year also a reflection of Ramadan.
It is the duty of a true Muslim to first learn and then implement what Ramadan teaches on the rest of the year. The problem with Muslims is that we celebrate and adhere to all the preaching of Ramadan only in the month of it, and afterwards indulge in the same old life for the rest of the year. In the lines below you will come to know about how you can keep the spirit of Ramadan going during the remaining year as well.
1. Keep on Doing The Good Deeds:
Ramadan is the month in which every Muslim tries to become a true Muslim by indulging in all the obligations set by Allah and doing the good deeds. In Ramadan, we see mosques full of people, recitation of Quran in every house, every one reciting verses or saying Darood on Prophet (PBUH). This sequence of good deeds must not be limited for one month only, rather a Muslim must try to keep at least one good deed going for instance:
- Those who have said prayers with punctuality should continue on doing so, or those who have said it with Jamat in Mosque must try to keep this habit going
- Those who recited Quran every day, must try to recite some verses or even a Ruku of Quran every day after Ramadan, and if you have office then you can do live Quran reading from a website
- Those who sent Darood on Prophet (PBUH) regularly must try to follow the routine or at least have some time of the day allocated before or after prayers allocated for this blessed deed
2. Avoid The Bad Deeds:
Besides observing the month of Ramadan with utmost prayers and doing good deeds, the other preaching of Ramadan is to be pious and avoid all kinds of sins and bad deeds. A true Muslim should avoid sins and bad deeds throughout his/her life. However, in the month of Ramadan, due to fasting and the imprisonment of Shaitan a Muslim feels less tempted towards committing of bad deed. Therefore, a Muslim should learn from Ramadan and try to resist the temptation of sin and bad deeds and on the least level try to avoid one bad deed that he or she avoided in Ramadan. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Fear Allah wherever you are, follow up the evil deed with good one, it will remove it and relate with people with good conduct”. (Reported by At-Tirmidhee)
Therefore a Muslim must fear Allah the same way as in the month of Ramadan and restrain from as much bad deeds as possible, and if some bad deed is committed intentionally or unintentionally then it must be compensated with an equal good deed.
3. Develop A New Good Habit:
We human are animal of habits and continue on doing things which we have formed a habit of. Ramadan is an ideal blessing from Allah, this month allows us to cease the old bad habits and for a month change totally. However, after the month of Ramadan, it is an ideal situation to carry on the momentum and form a new good habit. Examples of such good habit could be:
- Listen Quran recitation online in your office break timings
- Carry on the habit of fasting and every month if possible especially in Shawwal as Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Fasting for three days in every month is (equal to) fasting forever.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
“Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days fasting in Shawwal has done as if he has fast for life.” (Reported by Muslim)
In short, the spirit of Ramadan can be carried on if a person tries to keep at least one good deed going, keeps on avoiding the bad deeds, and initiates a new good deed habit after Ramadan. If a Muslim follows these simple instructions, the whole year can be spent in the light of Ramadan and in praise and obedience of Almighty.