What Have We Gained From Ramadan?
Muhammad Abu Abdul Mueed
Ramadan is a school of Iman and a 'stop to recharge one's spiritual
batteries'- to acquire one's provision for the rest of the year...
For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of
The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our
actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allah
(Glorified and Exalted be He).
"Verily, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change
what is in themselves." (Quran, Surat Ar-Ra'd:11)
If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements
of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove
against your soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness
upon it until you meet your death.
Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it... Have you seen
one who sewed a shirt or thaub, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then
she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason. What would people
say about such a person?!
Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when
the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, dirham by dirham. What
would people say about such a person?!
This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after
Ramadan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored
with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allah he
returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who
know Allah only in Ramadan!
Falling short in one's commitment to Islam after Ramadan is manifested in many
1- Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for
Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the Masjid for recommended prayers and leaving
2- Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their
adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.
This is not thankfulness for blessings and favors, nor is it the sign of
acceptance of one's actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence
These are from signs of one's deeds not being accepted – and Allah's refuge is
sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of 'Eid, praises his
Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allah may not
accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of
their actions in Ramadan for six months after it.
From signs that one's deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his
or her obedience to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He).
"And remember when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely
increase you [in favor]..." (Quran, Surat Ibrhim: 7)
Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly
thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced
from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.
"And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty [i.e. death]." (Quran,
Surat Al-Hijr: 99)
The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allah, firm upon
His Shari'ah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who
worship Allah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer
knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He
is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Shari'ah of
Allah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him. Allah (Glorified and
Exalted be He) said:
"So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who
have turned back with you [to Allah]." (Quran, Surat Hud: 112) And,
"So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness." (Quran, Surat
And the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
"Say 'I believe in Allah', then be steadfast." (Reported by Muslim)
- If the fasting in Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting,
such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days
in the middle of the month, the days of 'Aashoora and 'Arafat, and others.
- If standing in prayer at night during Ramadan has ended, then there remains
voluntary night prayer throughout the year.
"They used to sleep but little of the night." (Quran, Surat Adh-Dhariyat: 17)
- If the charity in Ramadan and Zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the
obligatory Zakat, and also there are many other open doors to charity,
voluntary actions and jihad.
- Reading of the Qur'an and contemplating it is not only for Ramadan, rather
it is for all times.
Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brothers
and sisters – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for
us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily
prayers on time, in congregation etc.
And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and
drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.
Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of Allah at all times, for you do not
know when you'll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you
are in a state of sin.
"O Allah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen"
I ask Allah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other
righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadan be a better one, that the
state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn
to our Lord...Ameen.