3 Mistakes We Make After Ramadan
Ramadan has always been an opportunity for us to atone our sins and come back to our lord in a month which has all the blessings your mind could imagine. Most of us try our best to avoid our negative actions, we try to change our surroundings and we try harder to be a better person but we are like a stirred cup of coffee, we were stirred by Satan from beginning so when he is locked up, we tend to follow the road map he has laid for us.
See, Satan is very smart, he has known the son of Adam (as) for billions of years. He understood how to mislead us and he perfected the art of taking us away from the remembrance of Allah by indulging us in sins for 11 months. I wonder sometimes if we could ever come over Satan and our nafs (soul).
Now Ramadan has ended and Satan is set loose, we tend to gravitate towards the sins we used to do before Ramadan. I want you to avoid un-doing the good deeds you have done in the blessed month of Ramadan.
Here are just three mistakes most of us make after Ramadan and how to avoid them.
1. Delaying 6 days of Shawaal.
As I said before Satan is very smart, he will tell you, “Hey, you just finished Ramadan, that was tough, you have a whole month you can delay or just spread the days throughout the month of Shawwal.” But you should know that logically, its easier to fast six days right after Ramadan because your body is already used to the lack of food and water. I’m not saying you have to fast right after you finished Ramadan, you can always fast any six days in Shawwal but Shaytan is very tricky, so be careful.
The Prophet (peace and the blessing of Allah be upon him) said regarding the six days of Shawwal “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted a lifetime.” Narrated by Muslim, 1164.
You can fast whatever way is easier for you but keep in mind the importance of these six days and remind others so it will also be a reminder for you.
2. Stopping the reading of the Qur’an.
That Qur’an kitab you have dusted off before Ramadan is now back to where you took it from; The shelves! but we need to be aware of that Ramadan didn’t come to force you read Qur’an so you could leave it after it ends but Ramadan is a school which teaches you how to be ready to the challenges coming ahead of you. The Qur’an should be part of your daily life and it should always be our source of guidance and comfort.
It is mentioned in the lengthy story about Sa’d ibn Hishaam ibn ‘Aamir, when he came to Madeenah and went to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) and asked her about some matters. He said: I said: O Mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allaah (S). She said: Do you not read the Qur’aan? I said: Of course. She said: The character of the Prophet of Allaah (S) was the Qur’aan…Narrated by Muslim (746).
I know we are all busy in our lives and the chase of this dunya but give the words of Allah just few minutes. At least before you sleep and when you wake up at the morning, read few verses. May Allah make it all easy for us to enjoin ourselves the beauty and understanding of the words of Allah.
3. Thinking We will be alive next Ramadan!
Let alone next Ramadan, we shouldn’t think of living next hour since we don’t know when our soul will return to Allah. How many people were alive last Ramadan but didn’t make this one. I personally know more than 10 people who didn’t make this Ramadan but were alive last year. We have to make as much ibadah as much as we can everyday and night.
Ramadan is a gift from Allah but Allah is also close to us and is listening to invocations. We have to be stronger than the tricks of Shaytan.
written by Abdiwali Mohamed