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Post-Ramadan: The Journey Continues

Throughout Ramaḍān, by Allah’s favour, we tasted the sweetness of fasting and the night prayer. We revived our dead hearts with the recitation of the Qur’ān and the dhikr of Allah. We basked in the serenity of talking to Allah and felt the peace of seeking His forgiveness in the last parts of the night.

Now that Ramaḍān is over, let us ask ourselves: what next? What did we gain from Ramaḍān? How did it change us? Did it transform our lives? Will our life post-Ramaḍān look exactly the same as life pre-Ramaḍān?

Just a short while ago, we were planning for the ‘dream project’ of Ramaḍān. Now that Ramaḍān has ended, we should spend time in Shawwāl to evaluate our Ramaḍān.

How Should We Evaluate Our Ramadan

We can evaluate our Ramaḍān by asking ourselves the following questions:

1. Did my īmān in Allah increase? What do I know about Allah that I didn’t prior to Ramaḍān? Do I feel closer to Him?

2. Did I go to Allah with a broken heart in utter desperation? Did I humble myself as a true servant of His?

3. Were there times in the month where my heart felt overwhelmed with love and gratitude for Allah?

4. Did my love for Allah’s Messenger ﷺ increase? Which sunnah am I going to start implementing in my life that I previously didn’t used to do?

5. Did my worship in Ramaḍān purify and soften my heart?

6. Did my fasting cause me to give up my bad habits?

7. Which sins of the eyes and the tongue did I give up? What steps am I going to take to maintain this?

8. Did I improve my akhlāq in this month?

9. Did I become a more gentle and loving family member?

10. Did I taste the sweetness of spending in the path of Allah? Did I give charity in secret?

11. Has Ramaḍān made me more determined to continue serving the dīn of Allah and the Ummah?

12. Did I taste the sweetness of solitude with Allah at night in qiyām? Has it made me determined to continue with this good deed?

13. Did I feel a difference in the quality of my ṣalāh?

14. Did I feel emotionally connected to the Qur’ān?

15. Did I feel the closeness of Allah when making duʿā’ to Him?

16. Did I do dhikr with the presence of my heart?

17. Which one act of worship am I going to hold on to from Ramaḍān, something which I previously did not used to do?

18. What do I not want to lose of Ramaḍān?

19. Do I feel a greater level of self-control now that Ramaḍān is over?

20. If Allah gives me life, what two things will I do differently next Ramaḍān?

“Post-Ramadan: The Journey Continues” could be a title signaling the transition from the intense spiritual focus of Ramadan to the ongoing journey of faith and personal growth throughout the rest of the year. Ramadan, with its fasting, prayer, and reflection, often serves as a time of renewal and deep connection with one’s faith. However, the end of Ramadan doesn’t mean the end of that journey. Instead, it marks a continuation, where the lessons learned and the spiritual gains made during Ramadan are carried forward into daily life.

In the post-Ramadan period, Muslims may strive to maintain the heightened spiritual awareness they experienced during the holy month. This could involve continuing the practices cultivated during Ramadan, such as regular prayer, reading the Quran, and engaging in acts of charity and kindness. It may also involve reflecting on the lessons learned during Ramadan and finding ways to apply them in one’s daily life, such as cultivating patience, gratitude, and compassion.

Moreover, the post-Ramadan period can be a time for self-assessment and goal-setting. Muslims may take stock of their spiritual progress during Ramadan and identify areas for improvement in the coming months. This could include setting new goals for personal growth, both spiritually and in other aspects of life, and making plans to achieve them.

Overall, “Post-Ramadan: The Journey Continues” encapsulates the idea that the end of Ramadan is not the end of spiritual growth but rather a milestone in an ongoing journey of faith and self-improvement. It reminds believers that the lessons and experiences of Ramadan can and should continue to inspire and guide them throughout the year.

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