HOW TO SUCCEED WITH THE SPIRIT OF RAMADĀN By AbdulKabir A. Yusuf (Abumaribi)
“Eid comes with a shared joyous moment for the true believers.”
The new moon has been sighted, and the evergreen visitor has returned to her abode with all the virtuous benefits and profits.
The beginning of Shawwal mark the end of Ramadān, and the day of shared joy keep dazzling in the minds of the true believers.
This treatise is meant to take you round on an evaluative journey to access yourself on the spirit presented in the evergreen month of Ramadān and what you need to do to maintain the virtuous traits of Ramadān.
You will learn more on why you need to retain the traits of Ramadān and how to maintain the productive spirit of Ramadān for maximum benefits.
Why you Have to Retain the Traits of Ramadān
You may not be zealous enough to have utilised the virtuous traits inherent in Ramadān, just because, you were not aware of the vital development you were missing during the Holy Month. This evaluation model is for you retain (or recover parts of) the traits and to develop yourself further towards benefiting from the virtuous traits that came with the blessed month. You need to know why you have to retain the spirit of the virtuous month of Ramadān.
For the conscious believers, the moment of Ramadān has always been the period of progressive plan and appropriate implementation of such plans. This is because, the month of Ramadān is equipped with all the virtuous traits you need to achieve your goals in life. This will only work for those who believe and know how to work out their progressive plan during Ramadān. Will you like to learn how you can retain the traits of Ramadān?
Out of many standards of successful lifestyle, only few are selected as the focus area for this writeup. This is to ensure you make the best use of the spirit that Ramadān can to instil in the true believers.
Keep your Belief strengthen by seeking for more beneficial knowledge and also applying these Knowledge in your lifestyle. When you strengthen your belief with more beneficial knowledge, you’ve actually set the pace for your success in life.
“Successful indeed are the believers.” (¹)
Yeah, your triumph history is near if you acquire more knowledge, understand it, and apply this knowledge to strengthen your belief.
Success doesn’t end on your belief alone, you have to also keep up with good actions (deeds) in order to move up in the ladder of the successful people. What about these actions? Read on…
Those who advance their belief to the next level of success are:
“Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” (²)
The virtue of the striving believers is such, that their Salawat (Established Prayers) are observed timely and constantly. You have to make sure you are a regular Salat observer, as doing this makes you belong to the category of people who answer the call to success. The reason why the Muhadhin chant “Hayya alal Falah” (Hasten to Success), after the ‘Call to Salat’ make it a priority for the conscious Believers to prepare their routine daily activities properly and never give room to any distraction that may bar them from attending the call to prayer. This is because:
Keeping constancy and timeliness in your Salat will grant you the freedom you actually needs in life. When you guard your Salat safe and at the right time, you will be shielded against any shackle of indecency and evil acts prepared by the chief deceiver, for your decadence.
“…and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” (³)
Develop the virtue of charity, as this will go a long way in fostering positive impact in the land of the believers. Sharing available resources with the needy and the poor will contribute to the standards of living of the believers.
“(charity is) for fuqara (the poor), who in allah’s cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land (for trade or work). the one who knows them not, thinks that they are rich because of their modesty. you may know them by their mark, they do not beg of people at all. and whatever you spend in good, surely allah knows it well.” (⁴)
In the month of Ramadān, there is much on charity to alleviate the state of living of the poor and the needy. Sharing of available resources with the needy is very important in Islam, as it aid the development among Muslims.
To avoid being selfish with ones acquired and gifted resources, more reason Charity (Zakah) take the third place in the core principles of Islam. The reward of charity is far reaching, and it serve as the checking standards for those who may think of hoarding their resources.
There is no need to fear, nor grieve for reduction in resources available, as the Almighty Creator will reward bountifully those who enjoin the virtue of charity.
“Those who spend their possessions (for the sake of Allah) by night and by day, secretly and openly, shall have their reward with their Sustainer; and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve.” (5)
Fasting is a shield from all forms of indecency. Ramadān which happened to be the distinct month of the lunar, with the spiritual and physical developmental fast is gone, but the traits it build in you should continue after Ramadān. Fasting has not stopped, as there are other recommended and rewarding fast that will keep you enhanced and refreshed, when you observed those fast properly and as recommended.
In the Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira; Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “…Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins….” (6)
Sittatul Shawwal (Six days in the month of Shawwal) is another recommended 6 fast to be observed after Ramadān. You cannot afford to miss the virtuous reward in this 10th month of the lunar calendar; Shawwal.
Abu Ayyub narrated from the Prophet (ﷺ), as saying: “If anyone fasts during Ramadan, then follows it with six days in Shawwal, it will be like a perpetual fast.” (7)
Monday and Thursday fast is part of the practice of the acme of model, seeking the pleasure of Allah. From the Noble Prophet, we know that ‘monday and thursday‘ are two days in which deeds are shown to the Lord of the worlds, and that he liked his deeds to be shown to the Lord of the World while fasting.
This practice of fasting on Monday and Thursday is a virtuous deeds that conscious believers should emulate, for fasting in these days will be a leverage to receiving the mercy of Allah.
In the Hadith narrated from Jubair bin Nufair, that ‘Aishah said: “The Messenger of Allah used to be keen to fast on Mondays and Thursday.” (8)
The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.” (9)
Fasting possess a strong guiding spirit towards mankind development. Keep the practice of fasting as part of your lifestyle routine and you will keep growing and glowing in physical, psychological, and spiritual nature.
5. Speak Good and avoid Dirty talk
Goodly words has always been the recommended standards of Islam in talking. The true believer are to caution and refine their wordings whenever they have to voice out, react to incidence in life or any kind of frustration.
“And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!” (10)
The virtuous traits that fasting build in a believer is of greater height, as the believer develop the good manner to be able to live fruitful life.
You will be able to live a goodly life is you put your wordings under check before venting it out. This practice of rationalisation of wordings is well recommended for the believer, because:
“Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).” (¹¹)
Fasting build such state of leniency in the believers to the extent that ‘if somebody fights or abuses a believer who is observing fast, he is expected to pronounce his state of fasting twice’.
6. Remember Allah always:
For the believers to enjoy the state of contentment, their heart must be attached to an everlasting source of joy. The feeling of the heart is an important aspect that define mankind standard in life. And the only guaranteed source of heart satisfaction is in the remembrance of the Almighty Creator.
Allah has made the heart to be purified through His remembrance. With this, a prior information is giving to the believers, in order to be saved from shackles. And the Almighty Creator said:
“Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (¹²)
How to Maintain Productive State After Ramadān
For you to maintain the goodness of being a productive Muslim, then you have to ensure you undertake and fulfill (in your capacity) all the divine obligations that was taught by the Noble Muhammad (SAW), so also,
These are recommended traits that will allow you to maintain you inherent and apparent productive state after Ramadān.
The standards of Islam is such that, when fully understood and taken as the practical guide for the true believers, the aftermath of following these standards is fruitful lifestyle and improved well-being.
Takes these recommended traits (and other virtuous traits) as your life standards, and the spirit of Ramadān will be your guiding tools to goodly end.
“May Allah make the spirit of Ramadān our guiding tools towards fruitful lifestyle.” Āmīn!
1. Surah Al-Mumenoon, 23:1
2. Surah Al-Mumenoon, 23:2
3. Surah Al-‘Ankabut 29:45
4. Surah Al-Baqara, 2:273
5. Surah Al-Baqara, 2:274
6. Sunan Abi Dawud 2433 : In-book : Book 14, Hadith 121
7. Sunan an-Nasa’i 2358 , In-book : Book 22, Hadith 269
8. Sunan an-Nasa’i 2360 , In-book : Book 22, Hadith 271
9. Sunan Abi Dawud 2433 , In-book : Book 14, Hadith 121
10. Surah Al-Furqan, 25:63
11.Surah Qaf, 50:18
12. Surah Ar-Rad, 13:28
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