Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Ramadan is over, what now?

Ramadan is over, have we got closer to Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala? Have we returned back to our sins? Are we worst off than before Ramadan? Have we (especially brothers) stopped visiting the house of ALLAH (mosque)? Have we stopped reciting and studying the Qur'an? Have we stopped our nightly prayers (Qiyam)? Unfortunately most of us would say yes to all these questions! I feel sad that Ramadan has left us. Whenever we fast, we find it easier to perform the reccomended deeds such as reciting the Qur'an, doing nafl prayers. Alhamdulillah I am trying to fast for the six days of shawal. Alhamdulillah not many more days left now. Our beloved prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihis salam told us to fast six days in the month of Shawal which comes just after the month of Ramadan. If we do so, it will be like as if we fasted the whole year! Subhanallah! How can we afford to miss this great opportunity to earn such a great amount of reward! May Allah swt give us all the ability to fast in Shawal, Ameen.

One of the way, we can guess whether our deeds in Ramadan has been accepted by Allah subhana wa ta'ala is to be able to repeat the deeds after Ramadan . I hope we can carry on doing whatever deeds we did during Ramadan. According to the sunnah of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu alaihis Salam, we should be more concerned about our deeds being accepted by Allah Subhana wa ta'ala. Just performing a deed is never enough. We should continuously ask Allah subhana wa ta'ala to accept the humble deed from us. There is a beautiful dua in the Qur'an which we can do after every act of worship insha-Allah. The dua was done by a very close friend of Allah Subhana Wa ta'ala , Siyyidina Ibrahim A'laihis Salam. Rabbana taqabbal minna. Innaka antas Samiul Aleem. O Allah swt accept (this worship) from us; You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing (Qur'an 2:127).

 I have been listening to some beautiful talks to boost my imaan insha-Allah. Alhamdulilah this great lecture below was given by Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman in August 2009 (post Ramadan 09) at Lakemba Mosque. May ALLAH (SWT) reward him for the excellent talk and also reward you all for watching. May Allay swt help us in implementing his suggestions, Ammen. May Allah swt grant us the ability to remain on the straight path ( siratul mustakim) and grant us istikama... steadfastness, ameen. May Allah swt accept all the worship we did during Ramadan and give us the ability to carry on doing more through out the year and give us the opportunity to witness more Ramadan in our life, Ameen!

Also, another 5 part talk given by Imam Rageah on post Ramadan activities. I love listening to his talk as he talks about practical issues we face on a regular basis. He was talking about Facebook and how we tend to replace the Qur'an, Allah's Book with the Facebook just right after Ramadan ! May Allah swt forgive me and give me the strength to avoid the FB Fitna Book :-) as much as possible.Insha-Allah I am trying to use the internet only for beneficial purpose. May Allah swt make it easy for me to read His Book on a regular basis, Ameen!
Was our Ramadan accepted...

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