Don’t throw the Ramadhan ‘costume’ into the closet!
Sikander Ziad Hashmi, sunniforum.com
Time just flies, doesn’t it?
Ramadhan just came – and went. Hopefully, despite all the challenges, we were all able to achieve something. Even if it wasn’t much, but at the very least, we all must have gained something, Insha-Allah.
After all, all those fasts, prayers, and recitation of Quran weren’t just for nothing. Allah (SW) says in the Holy Quran:
“…verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.” (Quran; 11:115)
Many of us went to great lengths to ensure that we took advantage of Ramadhan and tried to discipline ourselves in various ways. Whether it was spending a day at work or school without food and drink, guarding our tongues, swallowing our self-pride and forgiving enemies, or simply being nice to others, it all demanded a great degree of discipline. Alhamdulillah, many of us stepped up to the challenge and deal with it to the best of our abilities.
But now that Ramadhan of this year is a thing of the past, what do we do? Should we just throw our Ramadhan ‘costumes’ into the closet and resort to being our true selves again?
Of course, erasing all the good deeds we’ve accumulated over the past month is not the smartest thing to do. As well, we all very well know that those Ramadhan costumes that somehow made us to be ‘better’ Muslims for the past month weren’t really supposed to be costumes. As Muslims, we’re supposed to wear the Ramadhan costume year-round. In fact, it’s not even supposed to be a costume. It’s how we’re really supposed to be, all the time.
Islam is not a religion for a certain place or time. For example, it’s not as if we’re supposed to follow Islam and try to be good, practicing Muslims only Muslim countries or in Makkah, only on week-ends and holidays, or only during Ramadhan.
Allah (SW) has said in the Holy Quran:
“And I created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)”. (Quran; 51:56)
Allah hasn’t limited the above verse to specific places or specific times. This means that Allah has created us humans for His worship, regardless of what time of year it is and where we are. Of course, adopting Islam into our lives is ultimately about worshipping Allah and submitting to Him.
The commandments of Allah and His prophet, Muhammad (SAW), aren’t like a candy stand where we can choose the ones we like. Simply put, we can’t be partial Muslim. Either we are Muslims, and as such, accept everything required of us, or we reject it all. We can’t be a part of two boats going in the opposite direction (i.e. the boats of Islam and disbelief). Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“O you who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan; for he is to you an avowed enemy." (Quran; 2:208)
Of course, nobody is perfect. We all commit sins, and it is totally unreasonable and foolish to expect somebody (from amongst ourselves) to be a perfect Muslim. However, it is our responsibility to try our true best to carry out the orders of Allah and His Prophet (SAW).
Allah has given us brains; we all know right from wrong. We know what we should and shouldn’t be doing. However, since we’re humans, we are bound to make mistakes and committing sins. That’s why it is our responsibility to try our best to do the things we should be doing and to stay away from what we shouldn’t be doing, in Ramadhan as well as during the rest of the year.
May Allah (SW) accept our good deeds and may He keep us on the right path.
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