It’s been a little more than 2 weeks since Eid aka since Ramadan has finished. The long and hot fasts might be fading from your memory and you’re probably no longer stuck in that weird post-Ramadan phase where eating feels weird. Life has returned to normal, but what about all the things we all did and learned during Ramadan? Are they all forgotten after Eid?
Ramadan is only one month during the year, but it’s meant to be a training period for the rest of the year. It’s easy to fall back into the same patterns and return to the same addictions once the blessed month passes, so find out how to keep the Ramadan spirit alive!
CONTINUE RECITING QURAN
This is probably the number one thing you can do to keep the Ramadan spirit alive. Ramadan is all about the Quran, and we all work so hard to recite and study the Quran. But just because Ramadan is over doesn’t mean that our relationship with the Quran has to be too!
After Ramadan is over, so many of us forget about the Quran, only reciting it once a week on Fridays, if at all. Allah loves those actions that are consistent, so try to recite Quran once every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot. It can even be an ayah! Even if it’s a little bit every day, you’ll maintain your connection with the Quran.
PRAYING ON TIME
Equally important as reciting Quran, it’s so important that we continue to pray as diligently as we did in Ramadan. Most of us were able to get up as early as 3 or 4 AM to eat suhoor, but so many of us can’t continue to get up to pray fajr once Ramadan is over. Why is that? If we can get up to eat, we should definitely be able to get up to pray!
Set up more than one alarm if you turn your alarm off and fall asleep. You can also try to put your phone somewhere else in the room, so you force yourself to physically get up to turn it off. Ask your parents to wake you up for fajr or your siblings, if they get up. If you live alone on campus, make a buddy system with one of your Muslim friends and ask them to call you during fajr time and do the same for them. All 5 prayers are important, but so many of us fail to make the effort for fajr.
BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR ACTIONS
In Ramadan, we are so conscious of everything we do and say, especially while we’re fasting. We know that we’re not only fasting from food, but also all the things we say and listen to. So continue these efforts after Ramadan, and think about the things that come out of your month. Could they be misunderstood by someone to be hurtful?
Continue to be kind to all that you meet, even though you’re not fasting. Be mindful of your language, and your temper. If someone makes a mistake, forgive them and move on. Be patient with other people, and give others the benefit of the doubt. Be an example to others. Continue to do good deeds.
CURB YOUR ADDICTIONS
So many of us are able to cut back or give up completely on the things that we’re addicted to during Ramadan, whether it’s TV, movies, music, books, smoking, backbiting, gossiping, etc. So why do we return to those things with such gleeful delight once Ramadan is over? One answer is that Shaitan is no longer tied up, like he is during Ramadan. But we’ve just been through a rigorous training period of Ramadan so we should be able to fight him off!
Even if you can’t give up on your addictions completely, think about cutting back on them when you can. So if you spend every weekend night watching movies, switch one of those movie nights for an Islamic lecture. Think about how you spend your time and think about ways you can give back. It’s one way to curb your addictions and spend your time doing other things.
Ramadan is considered a training course for the rest of the year. It’s a time when we strengthen our iman and increase our good actions. There’s immense rewards during the month, and life can seem a little empty once the beautiful month passes. But there’s a reason why Ramadan is only one month; it’s meant to prepare us for the rest of the year.
So continue to implement the things you did and learned during the blessed month and keep the spirit of Ramadan alive all year long!
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