The blessed month of Ramadan calls for sorrow, closeness to God, and self-responsibility. Even in these blessed hours, the good deeds done were possible only with the grace and mercy of God. Those who get close to God never get down on doing good deeds but remain humble even after doing good deeds. Allah Ta’ala mentions these good servants of His, saying:
“And those who give (as much in the way of Allah) as they can give, and yet their hearts fear that they will turn back to their Lord (lest it becomes unacceptable),” “
(Translation of Irfan Al-Qur’an, Surah Al-Momonun, Verse No. 60)
The month of Ramadan provides an opportunity to train a believer. The life of a believer should be a reflection of the moments spent in Ramadan. In fasting, he abstains from food, drink, and lust out of fear and love of God, which is normal for him. if they are halal, then after Ramadan, he feels refreshed knowing that he earns halal sustenance in a halal way during normal days and cleanses his feet of haraam sustenance. Tell those who are deprived of these blessings.
The month of Ramadan is also the month of accountability. In these blessed hours, the fasting person should bow before God with humility and sincerity, look inside himself, repent of his sins, and resolve to refrain from them in the future. There is good news for a fasting person who fasts with faith and accountability. Keep and spend time in divine worship. The Prophet said:
“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and accountability, his previous sins will be forgiven” (Sahih Bukhari).
Live like a fasting person even after Ramadan. Fasting “overhauls” the Muslim as if it has cleansed him of the burdens of sin. To maintain the effects of this purity and piety, it is important to constantly evaluate yourself after Ramadan to see how well what you have learned in this month is being implemented. The purpose of fasting was to attain piety, but we succeeded in it. How can it be maintained even after Ramadan? For this, we need to evaluate ourselves.
The month of Ramadan was declared by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) as Shahr al-Muwasaa. The month of Ramadan is also called Shahrul Muasaat. That is, it is a month of mutual sympathy and grief among humans. Especially in the matter of livelihood and sustenance, it is the month of participating and helping each other in hardship and deprivation, trouble and sorrow.
Look for people in society who are suffering from deprivation; the oppression of the situation has broken their backs, their disloyalty has broken their hearts, and problems have overwhelmed them. Humiliate them, support them, share their sorrows, and be the ones who bring smiles to their faces. This is the achievement of Ramadan.
In the month of Ramadan, the Holy Quran is recited frequently. Even after Ramadan, strengthen your relationship with the Holy Quran. Make the recitation of the Holy Quran a pleasure, and make understanding the Holy Quran a necessity of life.
Ramadan is also the month of generosity. Be generous and open your arms to others. Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa was the leader of generous people, but in this blessed month, there was no end to the generosity of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was very generous in doing good to people, and in Ramadan when Gabriel (PBUH) met him, he (PBUH) would be even more generous. Every night during Ramadan, Gabriel (A.S.) would meet him, and the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) would recite the Qur’an to him until Ramadan passed.
Therefore, it is known from this tradition that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to spend more in Ramadan than on normal days, and the benefit of this charity would reach everyone like a strong wind reaches everywhere. However, in the same way, we should also spend more this month and remember that by giving charity, wealth does not decrease, but Allah increases its reward many times. At the end of Ramadan, family, relatives, the poor, and those in need. To participate in the happiness of Eid, pay the fitran and sadaqat generously.
Renowned scholar Dr. Farhat Hashmi presented an outline of self-accountability at the end of Ramadan.
Did this Ramadan bring about positive change or improvement in us?
- Allah’s Rights: Did I?
- Has anyone missed a fast without an excuse or illness? If you have done so, repent and pay Fidya.
- Performed obligatory prayers with restriction? Follow it in the future too.
- Qiyam al-Lil (Taraweeh Prayer) been arranged?
- Have you pondered over the recitation of the Holy Quran and its meanings?
- Did you mention Allah in every situation?
- Suppose special acceptance prayers are in addition to normal times?
- Organized special prayers on the odd nights of the last decade?
- Did you happily spend your wealth on Allah’s servants and on good deeds for the sake of Allah’s pleasure?
- Spent more time worshipping Allah?
- Rights of servants: did I
- show kindness to my parents, siblings, and other relatives?
- Did you take care of the comfort of your family?
- sadness and sympathy for the suffering people?
- Treatment of the sick
- Reduced the responsibilities of the domestic workers or helped them in their work?
- Have you tried to avoid lying, backbiting, suspicion, curiosity, and fault-finding?
- Did you not show anyone’s heart? Didn’t you do the right damage?
- Did you work patiently through the difficulties and sufferings?
- Initiative in greeting? Has everyone smiled?
- Did fasting achieve the goal of piety?