In Ramadhan, I met a friend of mine accidentally to find her putting on the proper hijab. I happily congratulated her for this good step, but she replied, “No, I’m not wearing it permanently, it’s just for Ramadan”. Awkward silence followed for both of us.

Why do we make so much effort & sacrifice to do so much good deeds in Ramadhan, yet we have resolved at the start of Ramadhan to return to our errors after Ramadhan?

Are we Ramadhaniyyun (worshippers of Ramadhan) or Rabaniyyun (worshippers of The Lord of Ramadhan)? Ramadhaniyyun disappear after Eid while Ramadhaniyyun are there round the year.

Why these fire brigade, seasonal or knee jerk reflex for worship & obedience only in certain situations e.g. Ramadhan, in trying times, after the loss of a loved one, during examination periods, job interview etc. but not as a routine in our day to day lives?  Where is our sincerity? Sincerity (ikhlas) is the bridge between beneficial knowledge, understanding & actions. Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Religion is sincerity.” It was said: “To whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and to their common folk.”(Muslim). Anyone who is willing to submit to Allah in Ramadhan but not outside Ramadhan needs a self-check using the Qur’an & authentic Sunnah as yardsticks.

Who are we trying to fool? Allah? Our friends? Maybe ourselves. These questions are begging for answers.  Ramadhaniyyun (worshippers of Ramadhan) think eid ul fitr is a parole from the “Prison of Ramadhan”. They think once Ramadhan ends, one is “free” to go back to his/her old sinful ways, free from the constraints of Ramadan. Rather, we should celebrate Eid because Allah blessed us with an additional & unique opportunity to worship Him and ask for forgiveness, with the hope that we are from the ones that will be freed from Hellfire and rewarded with Jannah. Indeed, these type of people take the example of turning in repentance and ceasing from committing evil deeds as something specific and restricted to the month of Ramadan And they stop doing these (good) acts when the month stops. Thus, it is as if they have abandoned sinning for the sake of Ramadan, and not out of fear of Allah. How evil are these people who do not know Allah, except in Ramadan! Allah says

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death)”. (Q15:99). He did not say worship your Lord until the end of Ramadhan or when you have a trying time.

Allah says, {And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun, after it has become strong,} [Surat An-Nahl 16:92]

The True Muslim lives through Ramadan, spends its days in fasting and nights in prayer and accustoms himself to avoiding sins, doing acts of good, then he/she must continue to remain upon this obedience to Allah at all times. This is the true state of the slave, for indeed, the Lord of this month is one & the same Lord of the remaining 11- months and He is ever watchful and witnessing over his servants at all times.  Indeed, steadfastness during & after Ramadan and the rectification of one’s statements and actions are the greatest signs that one has gained benefit from the month of Ramadan and striven in obedience.

Furthermore, the deeds of a servant do not come to an end with the end of a month and the beginning of another, rather they continue and extend until he reaches death.

If the fasting of Ramadan comes to an end, then indeed the voluntary fasting is still prescribed throughout the entire year. If standing in prayer at night during Ramadan comes to an end, then indeed, the entire year is a time for performing the night prayer. And if the Zakaat-ul-Fitr comes to an end, then there is still the Zakaah that is obligatory as well as the voluntary charity that lasts the whole year. Same goes for reciting the Qur’an and pondering over its meaning as well as every other righteous deed that is sought, for they can be done at all times. Therefore, the Muslim must be constant and must continue to remain in the service of his Lord.

It is unfortunate to find that some people perform worship by doing different types of righteous deeds during Ramadan. They guard strictly their five daily prayers in the masjid, they recite the Qur’an a lot and they give in charity from their wealth. But when Ramadan comes to an end, they go back into major sins e.g. cigarette, hashish & other substance abuse, sometimes they even abandon the obligations & engage in sins e.g. indulging in places of foolishness and entertainment, mingling with opposite sex, visiting (soothsayers, fortunetellers, astrologers), dishonesty, lying, not wearing hijab, fornication & adultery, boyfriend-girl-friend syndrome, not making Salah, hisbal, not keeping beards, pornography & masturbation, corruption, bribery, cigarette smoking, drug abuse, disrespect of parents, engaging in interest/Riba just name it.

Thus, they demolish what they have constructed and destroy what they have established. This is an indication of deprivation and a sign of perdition.
Truly, the success that Allah grants His servant lies in the fasting of Ramadan His assisting him to do that is a great favor, thus the calls for the servant to be grateful to his Lord.

One of our predecessors were asked about those people who perform acts of worship during Ramadan, and abandon them after the month passed. He answered, “What bad people they are! They do not know Allah except in Ramadan.”

Al-Hassan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, recited the following verse in which Allah Almighty says, {And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death).} [Surat Al-Hijr 15:99]

Transliteration: WaoAAbud rabbaka hatta yatiyaka alyaqeenu and said, “Indeed, Allah did not make an end to the work of the believer except by death.”

Those who quit performing righteous deeds by bidding farewell to Ramadan should know this well. Do those people feel secure from the death, which would be faced at any time, at day or night? This would happen while they are in a state that does not satisfy the Mighty and the Ever-Lasting. This would happen while they are in a state that does not benefit them on the Day of standing before the One and the Ever-Subduing?

On the other hand, the nation will hold the rope of rescue till it arrives at the land of peace and the shore of security, when it follows the straight path in worship. It will be safe if it does not destroy what it has built during the seasons of good, when it does not nullify what it has done during them, and when it does not submit to the evil temptations of Satan and his followers, Allah willing.

Why then, do we plan ahead  before Ramadhan to go back to our errors after Ramadhan?

Is it because we feel they are NOW acceptable to Allah after Ramadhan.

Is it because Allah does not deserve our obedience outside of Ramadhan?

Is the Lord of Ramadhan different from the Lord of all the other 11-months?

Why the double standard?

After Ramadhan what next?

Oh Muslims, what is wrong with us?

This is a clarion call full of sympathy and compassion towards those who decide to return to committing acts of disobedience after the end of Ramadan. We ask them to fear Allah Almighty because life is short and defined. Thus, how long will you let yourselves indulge in heedlessness and avoidance? We all should repent sincerely with no return to committing sins. This is, by Allah, the true thanking for the bliss of fasting.

Don’t pick & choose Islam, be a sincere & true submitter (Muslim) in & out of Ramadhan. Don’t be a part time Muslim because a part time Muslim cannot defeat a full time Shaitan. “O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy. Q 2:208.

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