Don’t wither!

While eating Biryani for lunch yesterday, how many of us felt weird. Although, Allah has forbidden us to fast on the day of Eid, after twenty nine long, beautiful days of keeping away from food from dawn to dusk, having lunch yesterday did feel weird, didn’t it?

The blessed month of Ramadan with its extra beautiful hours and opportunities has come to a close, and many of us tend to wither as minutes and hours pass after Ramadan.

Lets ask ourselves, how many of us prayed Qiyaam on the night of Eid? Or atleast, the witr?  How many of us thought about fasting the six days of Shawwal?

Yes, Ramadan has gone by with its greatness, but many things still remain the same after Ramadan, till the next Ramadan.

  • The Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the rest of the months.

We lived the days and the nights with Qur’an and Qiyaam, we shut down our Television, we didn’t give in to our desires. Some of us, who couldn’t dream of missing an episode from their favourite programme, stayed away from it.
Many of us, fail to realize that many of the things that Allah has forbidden us to do in the month of Ramadan,  are forbidden all round the year. I guess, we also fail to acknowledge the fact that Allah, Ar-Raqeeb, who was watchful over our good deeds is also watchful over our evil deeds. He is watchful over everything.
Well then, why do we go back to catching up the missed episodes, or the new movies that released, or listening to music?

  • He is Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem, Al-Ghafoor, Al-Ghaffaar.

Remember those seconds in Ramadan when you felt very close to Him? With a dry throat, a voice so feeble, teary eyes you had asked Him to forgive you and accept your deeds?
He still, and always will forgive you if you run to Him. He will accept you with wide hands, He will be the most happiest of all when you return back to Him. Allah says: { Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. }
[az-Zumar : 53]

Ibn Mas’ud narrated that the Prophet said:

“Indeed, Allah is more happy with the repentance of His slave than a man who stops in a barren, desolate land; with him he has his riding animal. He then goes to sleep. When he wakes up, [he realizes that] his mount is gone. He searches for it until he is on the verge of dying. He then says, ‘I will return to the place wherein I lost it, and I will die there.’ He went to that place, and he was then overcome by sleep. When he woke up, his mount was [standing] right beside his head: on it was his food, his drink, his provisions, and the things he neded. Allah is more happy with the repentance of his believing slave than the aforementioned man when he finds his mount and his provisions.”

[al-Bukhaari: 6308 ; Muslim: 2744]

So, run back to Him at all times. Allah is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

  • The Qur’an that you have been reading every day during Ramadan, calls you the rest of the year too. Don’t let dust settle on it. If you give it from your time, it will unravel to you its beauty and never ending treasures!
  • The Shayateen are your forever foe.

When you went to switch on the music player to listen to some music, didn’t you pull your hand back and say to yourself, “No, I shouldn’t. It’s Ramadan.” If you pulled back then, you can do that now too. Forever. It was the devil you told ‘no’ to, so tell him ‘no’ for every evil deed he calls you to.You could conquer him for twenty nine or thirty days, so you can do it now too!

  • 11698615_10153402897550874_2451137363832598313_nIf you worshipped Allah during Ramadan, Ramadan will come and go, but Allah is Al-Hayy ( The Ever-living ) . So worship Him the same way and better for rest of the eleven months too.

So don’t be a flower that withers soon after Ramadan. Bloom all through the year!

These are few reminders that I wished to remind myself first and then the readers. May Allah grant us sincerity.

May Allah forgive our sins, accept our deeds and allow us to witness many more Ramadans with imaan and health!

–  Ayisha I.

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