Always Ramadan

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Unity
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Ramadan 1431 AH (2010 CE) – What a Blessed Month!

It’s not just been a month of fasting, abstaining from food and drink. It’s much more than that. It’s about being disciplined, being able to fortify yourself against temptations, against bad behaviour; giving in charity – even a smile is charity; and reflecting and having gratitude for the things that we have and own in this world; reflecting about those less fortunate than us, whom when the fasting stops, their hardships don’t. And it’s about reflecting upon deen, worshipping Allah, subhana wa ta’ala, doing good deeds, performing more prayers, frequenting the masaajid, reading the Qur’an, learning about Islam, strengthening the brotherhood and sisterhood and growing in Imaan (faith).

Read the above paragraph again and just let it sink in how much blessings there are in the month of Ramadan. Not only that, Allah Has Helped us by chaining the Jinn/Devils/Shayateen, so that we suffer less from their whispers.

Oh, what a blessed month of Ramadan!

And then, not only that, but Allah Gave us Lailat-ul-Qadr, the night which is better than a thousand months. Many Muslims worshipped during this night, which is to be found on one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. How many Muslims, who don’t normally pray, read Qur’an, visit the masjid, turned towards Allah during Ramadan, and especially during the last 10 days? Insha’Allah, millions!

Oh, what a blessed month of Ramadan!

I’ve spoken with a few Muslims and there seems to be one underlying thing they are all saying… This Ramadan has been so good for them – Subhan’Allah! I’ve noticed a difference with myself as well. I feel like I’ve benefited from this Ramadan to a degree that I haven’t felt for quite some time – Alhamdulillah! I’ve felt my Imaan solidify and I’ve started to do things, in worship, that I hadn’t done before – Allahu Akbar! I’ve started to strengthen those things that I have been doing – masha’Allah!

And I know I’m not alone. I know that there are others who feel the same. Everyone is at a different level of Imaan (faith) but I feel that so many Muslims have had their Imaan RISE during Ramadan. Oh my Brothers and Sisters, do you feel it as I do? Do you feel invigorated and stronger as a Muslim? Do you feel that you are leaving Ramadan at a higher level of Imaan than when you entered Ramadan? Insha’Allah you do!

One of the real benefits of Ramadan is that you enter at one level of Imaan (faith) and come out of Ramadan at a higher level of Imaan. After 29 or 30 days of fasting, of our bodies getting used to a more disciplined routine, of ourselves learning to not desire after food, drink, and other ‘luxuries’, we have conditioned ourselves and proven to ourselves that we are not as weak as we thought, that the things that Shaytaan whispered to us (about leaving off prayer, delaying good deeds, about giving up on Islam) are absolutely not true at all. We are Muslims and we have been through Ramadan!! And we come out of Ramadan as Muslims!! Not weakened, apologetics, looking for excuses to fall back into our bad habits. Not people who cannot find time to pray. Not people who cannot do good deeds.

We have proven to ourselves that we can worship more! And it didn’t really cost us anything – just a little time. It didn’t burden us with anything – just a little effort. How many Muslims around the entire world, worshipped more during Ramadan?

Insha’Allah, Millions!

So we have actually proven to ourselves that we can be better Muslims, we can please Allah more, we can start to pray or pray more, we can start to wear hijaab more, we can stop smoking, we can stop the drinking, we can stop the backbiting, we can stop listening to haraam music, we can stop following the idols of the world (the pop stars, the footballers, the non-Muslim role models). We can do all these things, and STILL deal with the pursuits of everyday life. We can see where our priorities lie!

And that’s where the danger is now. And it’s coming to us fast.

Oh Muslims, now that Ramadan is coming to an end, what will you do after EID? Are you going to make excuses to yourself, listen to the Shaytaan and go back to your old ways? Or are you going to carry on with the new things you have done, the better routine you have followed for the past month?

Don’t let Shaytaan fool you! Don’t let him convince you that you’ve completed Ramadan, so there’s now no need to visit the masjid, no need to pray, no need to cover up your modesty.

Stay true to what you have been doing for the past month of Ramadan. And reap the rewards of it.

Many a non-Muslim are amazed that we fast! Our fasting is not like any other – the non-Muslims are amazed by it. “How do you manage it?”, they say. “I couldn’t last for a day like that!” they say. Look at how much respect you have earned, just from the month of Ramadan. These people actually respect Muslims who hold fast to their deen because it is something that they do not do – even if they despise us for it! Don’t get me wrong, we are not in it to win over the non-Muslims – Ramadan is for Allah, subhana wa ta’ala. But surely you can SEE the ways in which you have benefited over Ramadan??

Oh my brothers and sisters, the days that follow Ramadan are the TEST! Will you carry on or will you just fade back to the shadows of duniya? Shaytaan wants you to and he will be working round the clock to get you to stop praying, stop worshipping, stop pleasing Allah. Don’t fall into the trap of these whispers. The shaytaan is pathetic and has NO POWER over you – the best he can do is whisper – that’s it! Nothing more!

Are you going to be beaten by whispers? No, insha’Allah, NO!

Hold firm to your deen, start to build on what you have done in Ramadan, hold fast to these good habits until you reach the next Ramadan – and then see how you will fly insha’Allah after a few years; see how the Ummah will strengthen after you have done this! If you don’t want the world to be messing with the Muslims, dictating their deen to you – then BUILD UP YOUR STRENGTH NOW! You have already begun down this road through Ramadan. You’ve proven to yourself that you can EASILY do better.

Start to form relationships with practising brothers and sisters – draw on their strength to build your own. Don’t waste your Ramadan! Use opportunities like the six fasts of Shawwal, establish your prayer – Oh Muslims, there is no deed more crucial to you than prayer. Without it, a Muslim is nothing. Establish your prayer, then establish your sunnah, then establish your nawafil. Build on these things. Perform voluntary fasts, so that you are never too far away from Ramadan. The best fast, outside of Ramadan, was that of the Prophet Dawud (alaihi salaam), who fasted one day and left one day, fasted one day and left one day, and so on.

Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-As narrated: Allah’s Apostle (pbuh) said to me “The most beloved fasting to Allah was the fasting of the Prophet Dawud, who used to fast alternate days. And the most beloved prayer to Allah was the prayer of Dawud, who used to sleep the first half of the night, and pray for one third of it and again sleep for a sixth of it.'” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast on Monday and Thursday. On being asked about that the Prophet said: “Deeds are presented on every Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every Muslim or every believer, except for those who are forsaking each other. He says [about them]: ‘Leave them.’ ” (Reported by Ahmad with authentic chain of narrators)

Brothers and sisters, these are just a few suggestions on how to increase your Imaan following Ramadan. Find a way to keep your Imaan high. The higher our Imaan, the higher the Imaan of the Ummah. Imagine an Ummah with Millions of STRONG Muslims, with STRONG Imaan.

Grow from this, learn, become closer as an Ummah.

This could be the start of you Standing Up 4 Islam!

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Brothers and sisters, please add comments on how you have benefited from Ramadan. This will help other, who read, to gain confidence and grow in Imaan, knowing how other brothers and sisters feel.

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  1. […] for Muslims and Islam. I touched on some of the benefits of fasting in Ramadan in my other post: https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/always-ramadan/. Needless to say that after a whole month of fasting and engaging in worship, Ramadan should be […]

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