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Let the Month of Ramadan Change Us Forever

Ramadan is one of the most sacred religious festivals of Muslims that is widely celebrated all over the world

By Maryam Hedayat | islam.ru | 25 Jul 2013

The month of Holy Ramadan once again has entered our lives. Muslims all over the world are filled with great joy and pleasure. They are all geared up to inhale the fragrance of the blessed month.

Ramadan is one of the most sacred religious festivals of Muslims that is widely celebrated all over the world. The most distinctive feature of this sacred month is the concept of fasting which is the third pillar of Islam.

Muslims become more practicing and religious during this blessed month than any other time of the year. People all over the globe during the sacred month devote time only in worshipping Allah and obeying His commands. During this special month we try to get closer to Allah mentally and physically.

We feel a wonderful sense of peace and satisfaction in our hearts because we feel a deeper sense of awareness of Allah during this blessed month than we do throughout the year. It really strengthens our spiritual vigor and shapes our moral bearing.

Are we only bound to do good deeds during the month of Ramadan? And rest of the year there is no need to remember and worship Allah, and we are free to do all types of misdeeds. Is it really proper for us to do so?

In fact, we overcome to our normal routine as soon as the month appears to an end. We return to our normal routine of life in terms of daily habits such as eating and drinking. But we also indulge in committing sins and disobedience to Allah without having learnt any lesson from the month of Ramadan.

It is unfortunate to find that some people perform worship by doing righteous deeds only during the holy month. They guard strictly upon their five daily prayers, they recite Quran, they behave well with friends and relatives, and they give charity. But as soon as the month of Ramadan comes to an end, they grow lazy in their worship. Sometimes, they even abandon their obligations entirely.

Sadly, most people start their erroneous activities just after the Maghreb prayer even during Ramadan, such as watching forbidden programs on TV, telling lies, hurting others, using abusive language, back biting and so on. People think that they are bound only when they are in fast. After breaking the fast they are free.

Most of the Muslims are occasional worshippers who only acknowledge Allah on certain occasions or at times of calamity and distress, then after that there is no more obedience or worship. 

When will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadan? How terrible it is that people acknowledge Allah only during the month of Ramadan while being oblivious of him throughout the year!

Ramadan is a time to correct and change our habits that we have acquired over the year. It is to train and inculcate in us piety and devotion toward goodness for the rest of year or in life to come. It is to train us forever in terms of truthfulness and righteousness.

In fact, Allah has provided us with this most blessed month of Ramadan as a mercy to us and this month is where we can train and develop ourselves and improve ourselves as Muslims for the rest of the year in order to gain the fear of Allah and get closer to him.

Thus it is the chance for us to gain forgiveness of all of our sins and freedom from the torment of the grave and of the fire of hell whose fuel will be men and stones. This month is to make us practicing Muslims everyday of our lives and not just for one month a year in Ramadan.

This is a month of reformation and self-reflection, where a believer can ponder over spirituality and piety and bring a change for the better. The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) has clearly stated:

“Whoever does not give up lying and evil actions, then Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

However, it is the mercy of Allah that He wants each and every person to leave those things which will lead him to the hellfire and by controlling one’s desires throughout this month it is expected that one will be able to control oneself throughout the rest of the year too.

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we should try to change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the laws of Allah.

The Muslims should make Ramadan an opportunity to turn over a new leaf by repenting, turning to Allah, persisting in worshipping Allah, always being aware that Allah is watching us at every moment.

The end of Ramadan reminds us with the closeness of death, with the saying of the prophet (pbuh);

“Live in this world like a stranger or a bye-passer”.

Ibn Omar used to say:

“If you wake up, do not wait for the evening, and if you reach the evening, do not wait for the morning. Take advantage of your good health and your life.”

In fact, the dearest of deeds to Allah are those that are continuous, even if they are little.

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

 “O people, you must do whatever you can of good deeds, for Allah does not get tired until you get tired. The most beloved of good deeds to Allah are those which are continuous, even if they are little.”

This standing firm should continue from one Ramadan to the next, because the Prophet (pbuh) said:

“From one prayer to the next, from one Ramadan to the next, from one Hajj to the next, this expiates for whatever (sins) were committed from one to the next, so long as you avoid major sins.”

We should not forget, that Allah has blessed us with this pious month, and Allah has blessed us with giving charity, Allah has blessed us with fasting, and Allah has blessed us with du’aa’ which has been accepted.

Since Ramadan is the month of mercy, forgiveness and freedom from fire, we must take care of these good deeds and always obey Allah, and do not let them be wiped out by bad deeds.

May Allah grant us the ability to change ourselves for the better, during this blessed month, and not to be of those who are prevented from His Mercy and Forgiveness! Indeed He is the One who Hears and He is the One to respond.

 

 

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