Your month of Ramadan has now gone with your deeds. Right now it is the time of evaluation of our acts during this blessed month? There are 3 important questions:
For whom you did fast?
Why did you fast?
What to do after Ramadan?
Did you fast as an act of worship, or as a tradition?
Did you fast for the sake of Allah or as something inherited form your parent’s or society?
If you did fast for Allah’s sake, did you recognize that you left halal food and drinks during a whole month?
If is it Ok, are you willing to leave haram food and drinks during the remaining months of the year?
Did you achieved taqwa by fasting the month of Ramadan?
If you achieved taqwa, then know that continuation of good deeds at all time is one of the characters of al-muttaqoon (the righteous people)!
Dear Muslims! Do you want to know if your good deeds accepted or rejected?!
Among the signs of acceptance of good deed is to follow up the good deed with it’s like and among the signs of rejection is to follow it with evil one.
“Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).”
The Prophet saws also 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.”
Let those who are determined to go back to sins after Ramadan know that:
Allah is always pleased with those who obey Him regardless of the month the obedience takes place and is angry with those who disobey Him irrespective of the month the disobedience takes place.
One’s continuation of good deeds without restricting it to a certain period, particular month or special place is a sign of one’s righteousness and acceptance of his good deeds.
What counts is not the number of good deeds or acts of worship performed, for there may be a person who performs many good deeds, yet, all what he gains is tiredness in this life and hardships in the Last Life. The Messenger said, what translated means, “There may be a Sa’im (fasting person) who only gains hunger from his Siyam (fast), and there may be a Qa’im (who stands up in prayer at night) who only gains Sahar (staying up late) from his Qiyam!”
Fellow Muslims! Though Ramadan season is now gone, yet, fasting is still recommended in other months. The Messenger of Allah saws has recommended fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
“Deeds are presented to Allah on Mondays and Thursdays and I would like that my deeds be presented while I am fasting.”
It is also reported that he admonished Abu Hurayrah ra thus:
“Fasting for three days in every month is (equal to) fasting forever.”
He also said:
“Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days fasting in Shawwaal has done as if he has fast for live.” (Reported by Muslim)
Though, night prayer during Ramadan might have gone; yet, the night prayer throughout the year is also recommended. It has been authentically reported from the Prophet saws that
“Allah use to descend to the nearest heaven to this world when it is the last third of the night and say: ‘Who is going to call Me that I may answer him? Who is going to ask from Me that I may give to him? Who is going to seek for my Forgiveness that I may forgive him?”
Therefore, the most pleasing to Allah of all acts are the ones that are continuously done.
Fellow Muslims! While there are a set of youths who during the noble month of Ramadan were busy passing their time in lustful things, sins and acts of obedience, there are others who were busy doing deeds of righteousness such as I’tikaaf in the Houses of Allah severing all ties with fellow creatures and meditating with the Creator. They gave obedience of their Lord preference over their own desires. You would see them bowing, prostrating and reciting the Glorious Qur’an. Such youths are the hope and pride of this Ummah.
Dear Muslims! Fear Allah for fear of Allah is the head of all matters. Obey Allah and keep away from His restrictions, you will achieve His pleasure and be saved from His torment. Do not go back to sins and disobedience so as not to be entitled to His punishment.
Dear brothers, thank your Lord for making you complete the fasting of this month. Enjoy your Eid by remaining consistent on the those good deeds and keep away from undesirable things that are capable of removing Allah’s favors from you. One of our righteous predecessors said:
- “Each day in which no act of disobedience to Allah is committed is Eid and each day a believer spent in acts of obedience to his Lord is Eid”