After Ramadan, What Next?

 Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As the blessed Month of Ramadan comes to an end and we enter another season of goodness, The Months of Hajj, let us be reminded of the verse in 16: 92:

“And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun after it has become strong...”

In the Month of Ramadan we were busy in Fasting, Qiyaam, Recitation of The Qur'an, Zhikr, Du'a, seeking lots of forgiveness, giving charity regularly, Zakaah, showing self-restraint and kindness, as well as connecting family and friends. We tasted the sweetness of Imaan. We got an opportunity to know the deeper meaning of Fasting. We shed tears of fear and hope as we prayed and made our supplication to Allah SWT. We tasted the pleasantness of waking up to seek Allah SWT’s mercy at the early morning hours.

Now is not the time to unravel but to continue. Obviously we cannot pray tarawih now as we did in Ramadan but most certainly we can continue with at least some of those good deeds. Let us consider a few points:

First of all,  what did we benefit from in Ramadan?

It was a month of change for us. It is a month of energizing to continue with amazing deeds the rest of the year. We should not get back to the state we were in before Ramadan began but we should strive to be at a higher level and continue at a higher level by Allah SWT's grace. If  Ramadan did not bring about that change within us then what will?

Secondly, what do we need to do?

1. Fast six days in Shawwaal. Rasoolullah SAW said:

“He who observes the fast of Ramadan, and also fast six days in the month of Shawwaal, it is as if he observed fasting the whole year.” (Muslim)

2. Another opportunity of a full year of the blessing of Fasting was mentioned in another hadith: Fasting on three days every month is equivalent to a full month’s fasting. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). This is generally understood to be “Ayyaamul Beedh” which is the 13,14 and 15th of each lunar month.

3. Continue your Du'a and Istighfaar.  After major Ibaadaat (worship) there is always the need for Istighfaar or seeking forgiveness as Allah SWT describes in 3:17

"(They are) those who are patient ones, those who are true (in faith, words and deeds), and obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah. Those who spend and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of the night."

4. Strive to be successful. Amongst the sign of acceptance of good deeds is the continuation of those good deeds. The future for us and our generation here and globally depends on how much we do, but success comes from Allah alone. The Sahaabah RA were reprimanded when they thought their numbers were large in Hunain and became overly confident. Allah SWT reprimanded them in 9:25:

"Allah has already given you victory in many regions and [even] on the day of Hunain, when your great number pleased you, but it did not avail you at all, and the earth was confining for you with its vastness; then you turned back, fleeing."

Brothers and Sisters! Let us spend more time with thinking what next to do in our own families as well as community as we gather for our Eid parties. Let's not forget to work towards a better society. Volunteer your time and energy and give people their due right. We will get food and drink by Allah SWT’s grace but we may not get many more opportunities to give of ourselves and faith once our health is gone.

May Allah SWT accept from us all of our good deeds and help us to continue with our faith with vigor and sincerity.  Ameen.

Once again: Once again: May Allaah accept from us and you!”

 -- Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan

Edited by Umber Siddiqi

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The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

"Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted." [Narrated by Tabarani]

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Welcome Ramadan: A Month of Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation 

Alhumdulillah, we have made it to another Ramadan! Allah has given us an one more opportunity to purify ourselves through fasting, prayers, and giving sadaqah during this most blessed month. The Prophet (peace be upon him) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha'ban saying, 

"Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it compulsory for you to fast by day and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
 
May Allah accept our good deeds and forgive our sins. May Allah bless our families, our communities and our society with true guidance, forbearance, and peace. Ameen!

Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, President ICNA

Let me begin by wishing you and your families Ramadhan Mubaarak. May the Barakah of Allah SWT descend on us as individuals, as families, as a Jamaa’ah and as an Ummah. May Allah SWT help Muslims from all over the globe to have a peaceful and blessed Ramadhan.  Let us also hope that by Fasting in The Month of Ramadhan we as a community will exemplify the best of the Muslim character as we interact with the wider society especially when the opinion of Muslims is at an all-time low.RamadanKareem

Ramadhan is about faith, kindness, generosity, perseverance and striving to achieve a higher spiritual reality with our Creator and a deeper consciousness of Allah SWT within ourselves known as Taqwa.

Allah SWT affirms in 2/183:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn.

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