Spread the Spirit of Ramadan All Year Long
Keep the lessons of Ramadan alive 356 days a year!
Ramadan is the month of hope and mercy. Throughout this month we have intensified our worship, devoted ourselves, mind, body and soul to the Almighty and enlightened our spirits in the way of Islam. We’ve fasted, maintained Taraweeh, made regular dua, offered charity to the less fortunate and just increased our good deeds in general. But just as all good things must come to an end, Ramadan is only 30 days long.
The extra blessings and rewards handed down by Allah (SWT) will soon come to a close and the gates of Jannah will shut until next Ramadan when The One sees fit to chain the devils and open His gates again, making our journey effortless and uncomplicated once more.
Muslims all over the world feel the loss of this beautiful month once it comes to a close. The warmth of Ramadan eventually fades and we are left slipping back into old bad habits. Ramadan gives us all the extra incentive to act on our faith and grow closer Allah but something that many people often forget is that we have the capacity to spread the spirit of Ramadan throughout the world all year long.
Saving all of our devotion and good deeds just for Ramadan is like saying that prayers are only important on Jummah! Allah (SWT) prescribed Ramadan for us to teach us important lessons about ourselves and our faith, as well as to bless us with spiritual benefits beyond our comprehension but it is our job to take these lessons and keep them alive throughout the year until we once again reach another blessed Ramadan.
Keep the Spirit of Ramadan Alive!
A lot of people find it hard to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive all year long because life, temptations and attitudes can get in the way. It can be hard to keep your passion aflame and your sincerity intact but remember, Allah (SWT) makes room for you in His heart all year long – not only in Ramadan. So in return for His most gracious generosity, you too should keep him in your heart 356 days a year and always be working to please Him.
Ramadan is certainly the best time of the year but while you wait for Ramadan on roll around again, you can continue to do good deed to keep that wonderful feeling alive and spread the spirit of Ramadan to others as well.
Here are a few way that you can make this feeling last all year long and stay in the light of Allah no matter what month it is!
Offer Regular Prayers
Praying brings us closer to Allah (SWT) and is a sincere form of worship. Continuing to offer regular prayers throughout the year is a great way to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive all year long. Another way to get that Ramadan feeling is to maintain Taraweeh throughout the year as well. Pray with your congregation or in privacy but just keep making dua to the Almighty.
Choose to Fast
While fasting isn’t an obligation outside of the month of Ramadan, we know that this act brings us closer to Allah (SWT) and is something He smiles on. You can choose to observe an optional fast some days throughout the year, such as during Shawwal, on the day of Arafat, throughout Muharram and in the month of Dhul Hijjah.
Continue Making Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah
Charity doesn’t stop after the month of Ramadan! You can keep the spirit alive and well by making regular charitable donations all year long. Build a Mosque, help a child gain an education or help empower women worldwide; however you decide to care for the impoverished and needy, you’ll be doing Allah’s (SWT) work and supporting our Ummah.
Penny Appeal have a variety of projects running throughout the year that offer vital aid to impoverished communities and individuals, with both short-term and sustainable solutions. From Feed Our World to Fragile Lives, you can choose an appeal that speaks to your heart and make a donation in the name of Allah (SWT).
Keep Up Your Good Habits
During Ramadan, we all get into the swing of making our good habits an important part of our daily lives. We don’t curse, harm others in any form or participate in haram activities and while these should be behaviours that we engage in regularly anyway, it’s important that we make a good effort to follow through with these good habits all year long.
Regularly Read the Qur’an
Many of us participate in reading and even trying to memorise parts of the Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadan because it connects us to The Most Merciful. Your studies don’t have to stop just because Ramadan is over! Imagine how much of the Qur’an you could memorize if you kept at it all year – you would be a Hafiz before you know it!
As you can see, there are many way to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive and well throughout the year and praise the Almighty as you should 356 days of the year. Once Ramadan has come to an end, remind yourself that this wonderful spiritual feeling doesn’t have to be over. You have the power to stay close to Allah (SWT) and carry out his will each and every day of your life – alhamdulillah!
FRIDAY 7 MAY 2021