What’s next after Ramadhan? Qibla Teachers Pitch in (Source: Qibla Monthly)
Shaykh Qays Arthur:
“This Ramadhan has reached mankind in general and the Muslims in particular in a state of upheaval and disquiet, economically and politically. Allah tells us that when men are corrupt, corruption becomes apparent on earth and in societies as a sign to remind us of the greater next-worldly consequences so that we may return to the right way.
So many of our problems today are signs of our failure to live to the standard revealed by Allah, Most High. That standard is one of taqwa which is specifically what the month of Ramadhan addresses. Ramadhan is about turning away from the love for the things of this world beginning with our appetites, and redirecting ourselves to Allah.
So as I see and hear about the famine, oil spills, war, carnage, economies collapsing I challenge myself with the standard of taqwa and ask myself to what extent am I responsible, how much do I love the things of this world and am I willing and ready to sacrifice as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) did for my Lord. And so I take His signs in all of today’s adversities for what they are; a manifestation of concern for mankind and me personally and I vow to take the positive restraint and persistence in obedience of this month with me into the months and years ahead so that I may be of those who take heed.”
Shaykh Farid Dingle:
“Alhamdulillah, we have learnt in this blessed month how much we can change and how much we can improve; we have learnt new standards and tasted the fruits of sacrifice and standing in prayer. The question now is are we going to continue to walk in this light and make these changes permanent? We have come out of the training ground and now we have to face normal life again. Will we prove ourselves of “men who fulfilled their convenant to Allah” (33:23) by leaving the haram and putting the sunna into every inch of our lives? Or, will we be of those who “were happy to be left behind” (9:93)? O Allah, be our helper!”
Shaykh Sohail Hanif:
“Something Ramadhan really highlights is how much we can do if we have a sense of urgency. We know that Ramadhan is only thirty days long so we strive to make the most of it. We recite the Qur’an, pray the tarawih prayer diligently and increase in our acts of charity and feeding others. We even organise our whole sleep schedule around our acts of worship. If only we could take this sense of urgency outside of Ramadan. We don’t know how long we will live for and we don’t know which month will be our last. If we could take this regimented approach to fitting worship, prayers and charity into our lives, it would significantly increase the very quality of our lives and open up doors of closeness to Allah. I ask Allah to give us understanding and resolve.”
Shaykh Hamza Karamali:
“The month of Ramadhan is over, but its blessings can be made to continue if we take a change that we made in our lives–whether an increase in worship, abandoning something that Allah has forbidden, forgiving someone who has wronged one, or something else–and make it permanent throughout the rest of the year.”