Editor's note: As Muslims closely move to the end of the Ramadan month, it is important to embrace the new lifestyle and maintain it even after Ramadan ends.
Ramadan is gradually inching to an end as it enters its last 10 days. It has been an opportunity for Muslims to retrace their steps back to Allah by engaging in prayers and supplication.
As Ramadan encourages the best of behaviour and attitude, many Muslims have had to jettison some of their immoral and sinful activities in order to be pure while they are fasting.
While some people might have found it easy to do away with sinful activities, others find it torturous but still abstain from those things in order to get the best rewards Allah has promised.
As Ramadan slowly rolls down, some Muslims might start to relish the prospect of returning to some of the sinful things they have abandoned during the holy month. If you ask them, they might say it was a temporary abandonment and that they were too used to it to completely abandon it.
For others, the 30-da fast is the maximum they can go without engaging in sin. There argument might tilt to the position that leaving hose things behind was due to Ramadan and since Ramadan has ended, they can return to their oil lifestyle.
Thus it is thoughts and opinions that this that makes the end of Ramadan look like the beginning of sin. Muslims who have left drinking and smoking return back to the bars immediately fasting ends with a renewed vigour to make up for the lost days.
Some people who fornicate or engage in extra-marital relationship and who suspended it during Ramadan may start relishing the prospect of returning to it and hooking up with that lifestyle they have missed.
Is Ramadan a temporary break from sin?
Ramadan is not a break-away from some of these things Allah has condemned. Rather it is to show that that sinful lifestyle that seems so impossible to let go can actually be suspended and ultimately done away it. The one month period is a sort of a tutorial or a dress-rehearsal that with dedication, focus you can live the life of a true Muslim.
One question every Muslim should ask himself is that is it only during Ramadan that you require Allah’s blessing? Don’t you want the same blessing all year round? Is Allah not deserving of your servitude? Shouldn’t you build on your dedication during Ramadan during other periods? Don’t you feel a sense of satisfaction dedicating more time to Allah and knowing you areon the right path?
Prophet Muhammad said in one of his hadith: "Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you."
May Allah make the religion easier for us
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