What’s after Ramadan?

The blessed month of Ramadan has already ended. May allah accept our fasting, prayers,  and good deeds.

If you already felt the increase in spirituality and the beauty of faith during Ramadan and you wish to continue having that same spirit even after Ramadan, then you could do so by observing what the the prophet (PBUH) used to do after Ramadan.

Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal, it is as if they fasted the entire year.” (Sahih Muslim)

Al-Nawawii commenting on this hadith said: If Fasting 1 day in Ramadan is equal to 1 good deed and since good deeds gets multiplied by at least 10 times as mentioned in the Quran, thus, (10 good deeds * 30 days of Ramadan = 300 which is equivalent to 10 months).

As for fasting in this month: 6 days * 10 good deeds = 2 months. Thus, we end up with 12 months, which is translated to “…as if they fasted the entire year.“.

Last advice: just because Ramadan has ended, that doesn’t mean the race is over. Don’t be that person who Allah mentioned in the Quran:

And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong (Surat An-Naĥl 16:92)

Explanation: Don’t destroy what you have built and worked hard on during the month of Ramadan. Continue the salah, recitation of the Quran, praying at night, and the other good deeds. Strive hard to keep this state for the whole year. Not to mention, scholars have said that a sign of acceptance of one’s Ramadan fasts is to continue doing good deeds even after Ramadan. This is because a sign of Allah’s accepting a good deed is to be granted the success to perform similar good deeds, with consistency.

Yes, we might get tired and lazy. We also get busy with life and studies. Nevertheless, always turn to Allah. Always ask Him to help you stay steadfast and to help you continue what you have already achieved in Ramadan.

That being said, the actions most beloved to Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) are those done most consistently. Hence, don’t overdo it and be wise. Do little but stay consistent.

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