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And yet another Ramadan slips away: alVida alVida Mahe Ramzan

Alas ... it is here ... It's the time for parting. The countdown that marked the arrival of Ramadan, the excitement of the coming month of boundless mercy, now turns to wistfulness and grief.

All too soon, the few fleeting days of the month of Ramadan will pass away. The question is ... did we make an effort to gather the uncountable blessings from Allah (SWT) that this month brings in?

The question is ... did we do enough?

Allah (SWT) blessed us with the month of Ramadan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night.

I ask Allah (SWT) that He accepts from us our fasting, our standing in prayer, and our recitation of Holy Quran and that He makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire.

Soon, as we bid farewell to this blessed month ... this beloved, noble guest, it is a good time to remind ourselves ... and to take a moment to reflect upon our actions during Ramadan, our motives and perhaps even chart a course for the continuity of our good deeds. We should ask ourselves a few questions for which we need to find some honest answers.

An answer, it is said, is only as good as the question that precedes it. For it is only when we frame a query searching enough, that we can hope to find a reply that is comprehensive and just. It is these answers that may have a chance to awaken us from our absent-mindedness, our heedlessness and help us remain steadfast and virtuous.

alVida alVida Mahe RamzanThese questions are in their utmost simplicity:

Who did you fast for?
Why did you fast?
What is to be done after Ramadan?

Yet, the answers are only the bare truth. Why, nothing else could be clearer! I fasted for Allah (SWT) alone, to worship Him, seeking the rewards from Him alone.

Yes, these answers are correct and clear. But, what about those of us who fasted the month of Ramadan as a tradition and not as an act of worship?

Do we not know of someone who got used to fasting this month because they inherited it from their parents and their societies and they do not want to go against their traditions?

Do we see someone fasting because everyone around them, their family, peers and colleagues are fasting, and they want to belong? Perhaps a part of us also does the same?

Are we among those people who abstain from all sorts of permissible food and drink during the long hours of the day, only to fall upon the food and drink at Iftaar, unmindful of what is unlawful during the nights and days of the rest of the year? This is because of the feeble self-control over overwhelming desires of the Nafs (soul), that is not bothered to be reined-in, except for mighty efforts during the days of Ramadan.

Have we not observed someone we know, who fasts meticulously as if fasting is a habit that has been inherited, and yet does not pray? Have not we, at some time or the other, fasted as if a bag was tied to a Camel's mouth to prevent it from eating until dusk, because we have not prayed nor observed the limits set by Allah (SWT), achieving nothing out of it except hunger or thirst?

Certainly, the obligation of fasting is one of the pillars of Islam, but the greatest pillar of Islam is the Salah. The five daily prayers are greater than fasting. Some people regularly fast the month of Ramadan, but do not regularly pray. Some do not pray at all.

The One who prescribed fasting is the same One who prescribed Salah. The One who said, "O you who believe, Fasting is prescribed for you." [Al Baqara 2:183] is the same One who said, "...Perform Salah. Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed time." [Nisa 4:103]

Does Allah (SWT) deserve to be worshiped during the month of Ramadan by fasting, and then He does not deserve to be worshiped in the five daily prayers?

Similarly, we see people staying away from lying, backbiting and cheating during the month of Ramadan, only to go right back to their evil ways, the very evening the moon is sighted for the month of Shawwal!

Will we do the same? Will we go right back to the way were before the month of Ramadan? Or have we changed for the better?

Will we abandon Holy Quran, the Word of ar-Rahman, that we recited so whole heartedly during the month of Ramadan and replace it with music, the words of as-Shaitan?

Will we forget all that we learnt from this blessed month of Ramadan in the blink of an eye? Will we run straight back into Haram (forbidden) that we worked so hard to stay away from during the month of Ramadan?

We all prayed Tahajjud / Salatul Fajr but sadly now we will pray only when we get time.

We sacrificed our daily evening routine for 1 hour of Esha Salat and Ramadan duas ... and now if we are to ask to devote 1 hour for namaz, we would think twice.

Does Allah (SWT) deserve from us to be worshiped only in the month of Ramadan, but not in the rest of the year?

Its far easy to keep fasting in Ramadan (as everyone is fasting) but now because we have got the habit lets first start continue fasting for next 6 days of Shawwal followed by Sunnat fasting of Monday and Thursday and 13,14,15 of every month.

Has this month of fasting become more of a tradition for us than anything else ... going from one Khatam to another, trying to catch the blessing of Khatmul-Quran, yet when it comes to our practical every day lives, this very Quran lies dusty upon our shelves, having no impact on our lives, having no change in our attitude and with no effect on our submission to Allah (SWT).

Did we really learn nothing from this blessed month of Ramadan? Or did we???

Rather, this month should be a starting point for further piety because from the signs of Allah's acceptance of our fasting is that He helps us to become steadfast in the Deen after Ramadan.

Today, even with the imminent departing of the month of Ramadan, let us be able to say, "... Verily, my Salah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims." [Al Anaam 6:162-163]

It is a farewell to the month of Ramadan, but also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a resolution, a positive change, and with the Will of Allah (SWT), also our labors end and its just recompense.

By: Asma bint Shameem

A Farewell to the month of Ramadan: alVida alVida Mahe Ramzan

A Farewell to the month of RamadanHere we are; yet another month of Ramadan has past us by, yet another month of Ramadan we find ourselves bidding farewell to. Farewell to the month of good manners, farewell to the month of kindness, farewell to the month of generosity, farewell to the month of mercy, farewell to the month of discipline.

It is amazing how those 30 days of the month of Ramadan just tend to fly! It is as if the month of Ramadan is telling us: "Catch me if you can!"

Month of Ramadan to us was nothing but a school and a teacher. We all attended this school whether we wanted to or not. Some of us achieved great marks during it, some accomplished average marks, and some, and Allah (SWT) is the source of all strength and mercy, attained failing marks.

Unfortunately, I am finding myself realizing a disturbing trend amongst us Muslims that we take astonishing steps forward during the month of Ramadan. Our manners improve without borders; our worship is both increased in amount and in sincerity and our generosity is unsurpassed. But as we takes these great steps forward during the month of Ramadan, we seem to end up taking far more steps backwards as the year progresses. For every step forward during the month of Ramadan, we'll take two steps backwards during the rest of the year, and that is undoubtedly a major problem from the problems plaguing our honorable nation.

So I can't help but take it as a personal obligation to remind my fellow Muslims, just like Abu Bakr reminded them when he said:

O People! If anyone among you worshipped Muhammad, let him know that Muhammad is dead. But those who worshipped Allah let them know that He lives and will never die.

So, O Muslims! If anyone among you worshipped the month of Ramadan, then know that the month of Ramadan is dead. But those of you who worshipped Allah (SWT), then know that Allah (SWT) lives and will never die. Indeed Allah (SWT) created the month of Ramadan and He also, in truth, created Shawwal, Dhul Qidah, Dhul Hijjah, and all the rest of the months.

Rise in the last third of the night and pray like you prayed during the month of Ramadan. Fast with the same strong-willed conscious effort as you did during the month of Ramadan. Fill the Masjids like you did during the month of Ramadan. Let the Ummah boast huge numbers during Salatul Fajr as we do during Salatul Jum'ah. And always, always, remember that you may not see the next month of Ramadan.

Month of Ramadan came to us as a school, one to renew and recharge our Eman (Faith). Now that it has completed its objective and given us a graceful and beautiful uplifting of Eman, it is now upon is to remain constant upon what it has given us or not.

By: Ibn El-Sheikh El-Misri

Moral of the Story: We all love Islam but sadly we follow Islam only during the month of Ramadan

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O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint, (2:183)
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will, it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew. (2:184)
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