What’s after Ramdan?

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

There’s no doubt that everyone who fasted the month of Ramadan and stood up (in prayer) during his nights was hoping that his fasting and standing was correct and accepted, as well being grateful in his striving. He supplicates to Allah to make this request a reality and complete for him what he desires.

Acceptance (of your deeds) has signs that prove and characteristics that make one hope to believe that they were accepted. From them: that the person finds himself upon goodness, forbearance, and obedience after Ramadan at a higher level than he was at before (Ramadan). He does his ‘ebadah (worship) with zeal, preserving his wajibaat (obligatory acts) and fulfilling his prayers in the Masjid with the jama’ah (congregation). Loving righteousness, acting upon it, and commanding it; as well as hatting transgression, staying away from it, and warning from it. But as for the one who’s condition after Ramadan is like his condition before it, or worse than it; headless in misguidance, being lazy in fulfilling his wajibaat and missing them, and immersed in muharramaat (impermissible acts), then this is from the signs of the loser and a proof what he wasn’t successful. He didn’t seize the moment in the season of righteousness, didn’t show any inspiration in the season of donations, didn’t ask Allah’s forgiveness, and didn’t do what he needed to in the month of forgiveness and success. So what a great failure and enormous calamity!

Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a great season to accustom yourself to righteousness, diligence in ‘ebadah, and competing to perform good deeds. It’s distasteful for a Muslim to leave off ‘ebadah after this noble month finishes as is the condition of some people; they don’t know Allah or ‘ebadah except in the month of Ramadan. To these people we say: O you who knew in Ramadan that you have a Lord that you worship, obey, fear, and hope in; how do you forget him after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan that Allah made obligatory upon you the five daily prayers in the masaajid (plural of masjid), how did you forget or ignore that after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan Allah prohibited sinning, how did you forget after Ramadan? O you who knew in Ramadan that in front of you (i.e., in the future there will be) Jannah (Paradise), Naar (fire, i.e., hellfire), reward, and punishment; how did become negligent to that after Ramadan?! And O you who used to fill up the masaajid in Ramadan reciting Qur’an, how’ve you abandoned the masaajid and migrated away from the Qur’an after Ramadan?! It is strange for a people to not know Allah,  nor are they fearful of him, except in Ramadan. Some of the Salaf (predecessors) were asked about a condition like these people, so they said, “What an evil people that do not know Allah except in Ramadan.”

For surely the Lord of the months is one. Therefore the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of Showwal, Sha’baan, and the rest of the months. It is obligatory upon a Muslim to worship Allah and stay away from sin all the time and everywhere, as Allah said,

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” — Surah Al-Hijr (15) : 99

Which means, stay consistent in ‘ebaadah (worship) of Allah and submit your entire life to him; because Allah is the owner of a person’s life, and he wants from his servents to fill it with obedience, ‘ebaadah, and nothing else. Allah said,

“Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.” — Surah Al-An’aam (6) : 162

So, whoever busies his time, life, health, strength, youth, intelligence, thoughts, heart, tongue, and the rest of his limbs in something that Allah did not command with or His messenger ﷺ did not legislate from the obligatory, recommended, or permissible things to make your intentions to gain closeness to Allah, then indeed he has wronged his  tongue in a great way! Also, he will be heartbroken and regretful on Youm Al-Qiyaamaby the amount he wasted. Whoever preserves something and is consistent in it, he’ll die upon it and will be resurrected upon it. This is the Sunnah of Allah with his creation, and for that reason He commanded them to worship Him. The first of that is consistency upon Islam, its laws, and legislations until he dies upon that. Allah said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” — Surah Aali Imran (3) : 102

Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “Meaning, preserve your Islam while you’re healthy and peaceful so you’ll die upon that. For indeed this has made it a tendency that if someone lived upon something he’ll die upon it. And whoever dies upon something he’ll be resurrected upon it. Therefore seek refuge in Allah from having other than that (i.e., other than dieing Muslim).” Imam Ahmed, Tirmithi, Ibn Maajah, and other than them narrated on Mujaahid who said: People used to make Towaaf(curcummemulation of the Ka’bah) and Ibn Abbaas was sitting with him and said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].”

And if a drop from Az-Zaqqum (a tree that grows in Hell) were commanded to drop to the people of Earth it would eat them up, so what about the one who has no sustenance other than Az-Zaqqum?” From the comprehensive Duas (supplications) are that of Yusuf (‘alayhis salam— peace be upon him),

“You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die a Muslim and join me with the righteous.”” — Surah Yusuf (12) : 101

There’s nothing of success, happiness, peace, nor safety in this Dunya (worldly life) except by grabbing hold to this religion and being religious upon all of it’s teachings, legislations, and directions; rather, success in this Dunya is connected to success in the religion. For that reason the Prophet ﷺ grouped the Dunya and the Deen together in his Duas when he said, “O Allah, make me successful in my religion for it is the greatest thing in my life, make me successful in my Dunya wherein I find my sustenance, make me successful in my Aakhira (afterlife) to which I shall return, make my life long all upon goodness, and make my death easy from all evil.”

He ﷺ used to start his month with the known Dua whenever he’d see the hilal (crescent), “Oh Allah make this hilal reach us with goodness, Iman, peace , and Islam. Allah is my Lord and your Lord.” This was a warning from him ﷺ to be religious and the connection between it and Iman, peace, and Islam. It is as if he said: If you want Al-Ihsaan (the highest state of goodness), then live believing and in peace during this month and the rest of this life, therefore being firm in Islam and living with Iman. Indeed whoever believes in Allah and his firm upon His legislations (that he revieleved to his Prophet ﷺ) and did not mix with that anything from Shirk (associating partners with Allah), kufr (disbelief), bid’ah (innovation), or transgression then Allah has guaranteed for him safety, peace, and guidance in this Dunya and on Yowm Al-Qiyaamah. Allah said,

“They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.” — Surah An’aam (6) : 82

He also said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish] As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.” And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” — Surah Fussilat (41) : 30-33

In addition He said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ,” and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.” — Surah Al-Ahqaaf (46) : 13-14

Muslim recorded that on the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiAllahuanhu — may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever would love to be freed from Hell and entered into Jannah then let him make his intention while believing in Allah and the last day, and let him give to people that which he’d love to be given to him.”

I ask Allah to make our lives upon Islam, make us die with Iman, and make us firm upon the truth and guidance until we meet him Subhaanahu (glory be to him — i.e., Allah).

Written by: Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq ibn Abdul-Muhin Al-Abbaad

Taken from: http://www.al-badr.net/web/index.php?page=article&action=article&article=62

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

3 Responses to What’s after Ramdan?

  1. ukhti says:

    Reblogged this on Pearls of a Muslim.

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