Ramadan, the month of fasting and spiritual reflection, is a time when many Muslims renew their faith and commitment to Allah. However, as the month comes to an end, it can be difficult to maintain that same level of faith and devotion. Here are some tips on how to maintain your faith after Ramadan.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that Ramadan is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. As Allah says in the Quran (2:197), “And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is Taqwa (piety).” This means that while fasting and other acts of worship are important, they are only one part of the larger goal of cultivating a strong and lasting relationship with Allah.
One way to maintain faith after Ramadan is to continue to perform good deeds and acts of worship, such as giving charity, reading the Quran, and performing extra prayers. As the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “The most beloved deeds to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they are small.” (Bukhari) It’s also important to surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow believers who can help you stay motivated and accountable. As the Quran says (3:103), “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.” This can mean attending regular prayers at the mosque, joining a halaqa or program at the masjid, or volunteering with a local Islamic organization.
It’s also important to strive for continuous self-improvement and spiritual growth, even outside of Ramadan. As Allah says in the Quran (29:69), “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” This means making a conscious effort to avoid sin and negative influences, and to seek out opportunities for personal and spiritual development.
In terms of what an accepted Ramadan looks like, it’s important to remember that acceptance ultimately comes from Allah. However, there are certain signs that may indicate a successful Ramadan, such as feeling a sense of peace and closeness to Allah; experiencing spiritual growth and increased devotion; and seeing positive changes in one’s behavior and relationships.
Maintaining faith after Ramadan requires ongoing effort, commitment, and a focus on personal and spiritual growth. By following the guidance of the Quran and Hadith, and seeking out the support of a community of fellow believers, it is possible to continue on the path of faith and devotion long after Ramadan has ended.
Finally, always remember to have hope in your journey to Allah. Having hope in the journey to Allah means believing that despite our imperfections and mistakes, we can still attain closeness to our Creator through sincere effort and trust in His guidance. It means recognizing that Allah is merciful and forgiving, and that every struggle and hardship we face is an opportunity for growth and spiritual development. With hope, we can face the challenges of the journey with courage and determination, knowing that Allah is always with us.
By Sh. Hassan Natour