Editor’s note: With the month of Ramadan slowly coming to an end, we look at how Muslims can not only maintain the Ramadan spirit but also become better religious people.
In a few days, Ramadan would be over and Muslims all over the world would be bidding farewell to the glorious month and will cap it up with a sumptuous Eid-Il- Fitr festival. For some people sadly, it signifies the beginning of their decline religiously and all the efforts they put into maintaining a good relationship with Allah will melt away.
The end of Ramadan is not a marker to return to sin or pick up vices; rather the holy month is actually a sort of a dress rehearsal or tutorial to how the rest of the months should be lived. If you can give up consumption of alcohol and fornication for a month because of your love and fear for Allah, why can’t you do same throughout the year? Is it not the same Allah you call on during Ramadan that you will worship in other months? Is the same Allah that answers your prayers during Ramadan incapable of doing so at other periods? IS your heart that is willing to submit to Allah during Ramadan now hardened? Has your love and respect for Allah vanished because Ramadan has ended?
It is important as Muslims to better our religious life and activities after Ramadan as that is the actual test of how much we are actually committed to our religious life. Ramadan has a peculiar air about it that encourages more Muslims to drift closer to Allah. There are group prayers, fasting, giving alms to the poor and needy, etc. these activities encourage other people to all also take part and do same.
Does that mean in the absence of these conditions, one cannot afford to practice the religion well?
Muslims must make it a conscious habit to remember and put Allah into consideration in everything they and things they chose not to do. See Ramadan as the springboard to maintain and strengthening your relationship with Allah. Challenge yourself to work better and serve Allah more after Ramadan ends and make it a point of prayer to ask Allah to continue to guide you right.
In Surah Fatiha recited by Muslims everyday, there is a pledge to continue to worship Allah.
In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.
This is not promise to worship Allah only when it suits us or during Ramadan alone but to do to for as long as we live.
May Allah make it easier for us and give us abundant reward.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of how Ramadan has affected price of items in the market.