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With the end of Ramadan, it feels like we’re saying goodbye to a dear friend – the month that brought us closer to our faith, strengthened our spirituality, and filled our hearts with gratitude. But just because Ramadan is over doesn’t mean the goodness has to end. In fact, it’s the perfect time to carry forward the spirit of Ramadan into our daily lives, even if it’s in small, manageable ways.

Think of it like this: Ramadan is like a spiritual boot camp where we train ourselves to be better Muslims – we fast, we pray, we read Quran, and we give to charity. But just like any training program, the real benefits come when we continue to practice what we’ve learned after the boot camp is over.

Allah tells us in the Quran (2:185) Ramadan is a time of fasting prescribed for us, a period in which the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind. It is a month of self-discipline, self-reflection, and spiritual growth. But the benefits of Ramadan extend far beyond its designated days. The essence of Ramadan lies in the values it instills within us – patience, gratitude, compassion, and charity. It’s up to us to keep the momentum going. Maybe it’s continuing to read a few pages of Quran every day or trying to pray the Sunnah prayers regularly. It could be as simple as smiling at someone or lending a helping hand – small acts of kindness that make a big difference.

Ibn al-Qayyim reminds us, “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” This profound statement reminds us that the acts of goodness and charity we perform, will serve as a shade of comfort and protection for us in the Hereafter. So, as we bid farewell to Ramadan, let’s strive to carry forward its spirit of generosity, kindness, and devotion in our daily lives, knowing that every small deed of goodness is a step closer to our eternal reward.

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “The deeds most loved by Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small” (Sahih Bukhari). So, let’s focus on consistency rather than quantity. Whether it’s giving a little charity each week or volunteering at the masjid.

And let’s not forget the power of gratitude and mindfulness. Taking a moment each day to reflect on our blessings and thank Allah for them can have a profound impact on our happiness and well-being. As the Quran says (13:28), “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.”

So, let’s carry the lessons of Ramadan with us – patience, gratitude, compassion – and continue to grow, even after the month has passed. Because true happiness and contentment come from nurturing our spirituality and living according to the values that Ramadan teaches us, all year round.

By Imam Hassan Natour


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