One Step Closer - What after Ramadan?!
Shaikh Moutasem Al-Hameedi
1- One of the most important fruit of Ramadan is to maintain the spiritual
state we have, what is the point of Ramadan if we want to turn back on our
heel?! Ramadan is meant to push us not to go back to the level we were in
before Ramadan, so after acquiring this level in Ramadan we maintain it
throughout the year waiting for the next Ramadan to come so that we can
achieve a higher level and develop a special Muslim character.
2- Be aware! During Ramadan the devils were chained, but when Eid approaches
they are determined to do so many damages as they have lost so much ground in
Ramadan, and they want to get it back, so don't stop your struggling to be on
the Straight Path, don't say I have made it in Ramadan, this is the trap of
satan, he made us feel that we have achieved many things and it's time to rest
now, NO, there is no comfort, no time for rest except when the believer meets
his Lord, so push yourself to maintain the acts of worship that you did in
Ramadan, try to do that for some days, and then naturally it will become a
habit that you maintain them for the rest of your life, then you will reach to
the level where you won't feel comfortable if you skip them even for one day.
3- We should be proud of our religion, it is something that Muslims embrace
full heartedly with implementation that helps them develop a great character
and mentality, other people might display some good characteristics just
because they see their practicality, and when they find the chance they break
the law, but we as Muslims even if we don't realize the reason, or what is the
practicality, we still hold on to what Allah and His prophet say.
4- Qur'an is the book to be recited consistently, when we recite Qur'an with
contemplation it can change our life, the beauty and the greatness of it is
that it is the words that are spoken by Allah (S.W.T) Himself, it is our
doctrine so try to read it, understand it, and implement it, and Sunnah of the
prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is essential, we won't be able to
understand Qur'an without the Sunnah, because the life of the prophet was the
real manifestation of Qur'an, those who think that they can understand Qur'an
without the Sunnah are mistaken, everything we find in Qur'an is explained in
Sunnah, and you can't say I have studied the Sunnah and understood it, don't
think that you will be a scholar overnight, you need to seek knowledge but
this doesn't mean that you will become a scholar but you should make seeking
knowledge as a-long-life-process.
5- Ramadan has ended but the Lord of Ramadan is still there, the acts of
worship that we studied during Ramadan through this show and implemented them
are to be displayed at all time, don't let the good things that you did go,
maintain your dedication to Allah, to receive the coming Ramadan like the
earlier generations who were always ready for more improvement and looking
forward to reach a higher level in Iman (faith), and by this we can GET STEPS
CLOSER to Allah (S.W.T), the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Holy
Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah, and our hearts and souls.
May Allah grant us sincerity and accept from all of us.