Moving Forward after Ramadan- Shawwal-Alimaah Rubab Anwar


نحمدہ و نصلی و نسلم علی رسولہ الکریم

اما بعد

فاعوذ باللہ من الشیطان الرجیم

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

قال اللہ تعالی فی القرآن المجید والفرقان الحمید

قال ما منعک

صدق اللہ العظیم و صدق رسولہ النبی الکریم

ٰان اللہ و مالائکتہ یصلون علی النبی یا ایھا الذین امنوا صلوا علیہ وسلموا تسلیما

Please read the following out loud:

الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا رسول اللہ

الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا حبیب اللہ

الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا نور اللہ

الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا رحمۃ للعالمین

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala make me write only the truth and the right, and May Allah Almighty make us all read, understand, implement, and spread the right and the truth. (Ameen)
Every year Ramadan arrives as a blessing, a gift from Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Fasting during the long days and praying through the short nights bond us together as Muslims and strengthen our faith. The alert mode is on in our minds to steer us away from bad deeds. Every moment in Ramadan is used to seek the happiness of Allah. As Ramadan starts to give signs that it’s leaving, we are left in the same situation as we were before. How do we move forward in a positive way and still hold on to those blessings that we gained during Ramadan.

Indeed Ramadan is a month like no other, but Allah gives blessings 24/7 365 days. Ramadan is a reminder for Muslims to taste the sweetness in worshipping Allah. If spending one month in piety makes Muslims feel peace and mercy in the air, imagine if we acted like that year around.

قال ما منعک

In the Quran Surah Airaf, part of verse 12, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala asks Shaitan what prevented him from following His orders, “what prevented you?” This same question can be posed on us today.

 What has stopped us from worshipping Allah like we do in Ramadan. The excuses that we present year around suddenly vanish during Ramadan. We are energetically engaged in every event that can take us closer to Allah. Family, children, work, and other responsibilities come second, the top priority in Ramadan is to gain the mercy of Allah. 

Why isn’t that our top priority year around? What has stopped us from making that our top priority. Ramadan practically shows us that we are capable of following orders from Allah, we are capable of straightening out our life, but we are ignorant towards those facts.

Allah answers prayers whenever a person asks, but our ignorance stops us from asking him. For Talib e Ilm’s (Students of Deen) the new year begins after Ramadan. Students use the strength from Ramadan to move forward until the next Ramadan. Ramadan is a month to recharge but we have made it our battery, that when it comes we’re on and when it’s gone our batteries are gone and we’re switched off.

Muslims claim to love Ramadan, but they don’t miss it as a lover should. Separation of beloved things causes an intense pain in the lover, but when Ramadan leaves we forget about it until next years moon sighting debate comes up. 

We as Muslims need to be reminded that the last day of Ramadan is not our last day, forgiveness, blessings and mercy don’t end with the month of Ramadan, it lasts for the next eleven months. The real test begins after Ramadan, exactly like how the real test is not praying Salah, but when we say Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah to Kiraman Katibeen, reminding ourselves that there are two angles writing our deeds from this moment to the next Salah, that’s when the real test begins.

If we spend these next eleven months waiting for Ramadan, every day, every minute, every second, every millisecond is Ibadat. Don’t just make Ramadan a part of your calendar, when it comes you count the days and when it’s gone you rip that page and throw it away, make this Ramadan that you spent meaningful. 

Don’t waste the deeds that you earned in Ramadan in one day at the Eid party. Increase on the foundation that you have built in Ramadan. Shawwal’s first day is eid, not Ramadan’s last day, from Shawwal 1st to next Ramadan prove that you truly are worthy of spending another Ramadan.

May we spend the last few nights of Ramadan meaningfully and attain the essence of this month’s true value. (Ameen)

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