What would you think of someone who has sewn a shirt or a beautiful dress and then destroyed it? Crazy fool, right?! Well maybe; but he did not just cut up the dress with scissors in a fat of rage! No! the dress was finished and it looks good in his eyes then he sees the odd thread that comes out of the hem line and pulls it out. Then he pulls another and another until the dress is destroyed, thread by thread. Or, have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then the night comes, he throws away all that he earned Naira by Naira through gambling or other such vices.
What would you say about such persons?! Both of them are in the same condition as the one who returns to sinning and evildness after Ramadan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. How evil are the people who know Allah only in Ramadan! Indeed, Allaah is the Lord of all things and the Lord at all times
SCHOOL OF EEMAN: Ramadan is a school of eeman (faith] 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 the good lessons and change for better if not in the month of Ramadan? The blessed month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are at variance with the Laws of Allah. Allaah says;
"Verily. Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." (QI3[Ar-Raad]: 11)
If you are have benefitted from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa (piety), truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against your soul, then praise and thank Allaah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it. Be steadfast and upright upon the deen (religion] of Allah at all times, for you do not know when you will meet the Angel of Death. Whatever you do constantly after Ramadan will be an indication of whether your deeds in Ramadan are accepted or not.
SIGNS OF THE ACCEPTED DEEDS: From signs that one's deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allaah. Allaah says,
'And remember when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [infavour1•••" (Q 14[lbrahim]: 7)
That is, 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. The best, way of showing thankfulness and gratitude is leaving sins, as some of the early Muslim scholars have said.
Another sign that our deeds are accepted is steadfastness in worship. Allaah says:
'And worship your Lord untll there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death] (Q I5[al-Hijr]:99)
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 Sharee ' ah of Allah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him. Allaah says:
"So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah]."(QII [Hud]: 112)
And the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:
Say 'I believe in Allah', then be steadfast ." (Muslim)
GOOD DEEDS CONTINUE: 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. A1laah says,
"Verily, the pious (muttaqun - the state that the believer should attain by fasting in Ramadan] will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs (in Paradise), taking joy in the things which their Lord has given them. Verily, they were before this good-doers [muhsinuun]. They used to sleep but little of the night and in the hours before dawn, they ware [found] asking for forgiveness." (Q51[Adh-Dhaariyaat]: 15-18)
Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive for them. If the charity in Ramadan and zakat ultitr, 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 all times. And, remember that it is not allowed for you to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.
And you should not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden. Most of all you must beware of laziness, nonchalance and despair. Allaah says:
0My slaves who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah: verily. Allaah forgives all sins. Truly. He is Oft- Forgiving,Most Merciful”' (Q39[aZ-Zumar):53)
(SIGNS OF THE UNACCEPTED DEEDS: The most prominent sign is falling short in one's commitment to Islam after Ramadan. The 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 pious predecessors, would continue to ask for the acceptance of their actions in Ramadan for months after it; me of these signs include men leaving the five prayers in congregation after they filled the mosques for Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.
Others include staying in the environment of sin that you tried so hard to stay away from in Ramadan and this includes, 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 favours, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one's actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence of thankfulness! Indeed, these are from signs of one's deeds not being accepted and Allah's refuge is sought.
We pray as the Rasul (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) did that:
"0 Allaah; Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen." (Muslim)
After Ramadam, let's be. firm upon the deen for the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
"If anyone of you improves [follow strictly or is steadfast with1 his deen [religion] then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is." (Bukhari)
We ask Allaah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayer and other righteous actions. We also ask Allaah that our condition after Ramadan be a better One, that the state of our ummah Muslim nation improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our lord… Amin.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited