Where did it go? Did I do enough? Were my sins forgiven? These are just some of the common thoughts that come to our minds after Ramadan. But the key question that we should really focus on is: What is next?
Whether we made use of this Ramadan or not, is now in the past and the only thing that we can do is make immense dua that our Ramadan was accepted. Indeed, the sahabah would make dua, for 6 months after Ramadan praying that their deeds were accepted and we too should endeavour to replicate this act. The question now arises: What shall I do next?
Many a time we make the excuse that we can’t do the same deeds or that now shaytan is back the temptations are too strong. But its just mind games that keeps pulling us back. Close the door to all of these negative thoughts and believe that YOU CAN achieve whatever you want, by the Will of Allah .
The first place that we should start is the foundations because with a strong root, achieving anything is possible. One area that we should really focus on is reading the Qur’an and making this a routine of our everyday life. Many of us were regular when it came to reading the Qur’an in Ramadan and this should not stop.
Set yourself a limit of how much Qur’an you will read in a day and be realistic. Don’t choose a number that you know you can’t meet but don’t underestimate yourself either by setting a low target. I know some people who make a habit of reading 15 minute after Fajr and 15 minutes after Asr salah.
Fajr is a very good time to soak in the Qur’an- it is the most peaceful of times and there is also a feeling of humble satisfaction that you have sacrificed your time of sleep to ponder over the verses of the Qur’an. But most importantly, Allah says:
“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun until the darkness of the night and also the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed” Surah Al- Isra 17:78
The Prophet said concerning this ayah :
“It is witnessed by the angels of the night and the angels of the day” [1. Ahmed].
Thus reciting Qur’an at the time of Fajr is a time of baraka and is witnessed by the angels. SubhanAllah!
Also, plan ahead. If you know that you’re going to have a busy day then timetable beforehand and set aside time for reading the Qur’an. In reality, life should fit around our Islamic obligations and not the other way round.
And if you find it hard to motivate yourself or you’re having a bad day, then the Qur’an is definitely what you should be turning to. Allah Says:
“O Mankind, there has come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers” Surah Yunus 10:57
The Qur’an is there to guide, soothe and reassure us.
And finally, in the long term the Qur’an will be a source of benefit on the Day of Judgement. In a hadith the Prophet said:
“Read the Qur’an for indeed it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions” [2. Muslim].
So my sisters. Let’s put the Ramadan blues behind us, pick up the Qur’an and allow it to heal us. Ameen.
Photo Courtesy of “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition.
Umm Abdur Rahman is a secondary school teacher working at an Islamic School in London. Her aim is to increase awareness of our beloved Messenger Muhammad , so we can appreciate his legacy, life and characteristics in our lives for a greater aim, the Highest Level of Jannah, insha Allah.
Umm Abdur Rahman is a secondary school teacher working at an Islamic School in London. Her aim is to increase awareness of our beloved Messenger Muhammad , so we can appreciate his legacy, life and characteristics in our lives for a greater aim, the Highest Level of Jannah, insha Allah.This blog is updated and maintained by the editor and her team with exclusive articles and all that's going on at 'I am Alima'. To contact us, email email@example.com.