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    How to Maintain Good Habits After Ramadan

    Ramadan is the month of fasting for atonement
    of sins and purification of soul. It is a response
    to the carnal desires for eating, drinking and
    sleeping. A way that instills discipline in lives
    ensuring that the needs are met according to the
    indispensable requirements with in the pursuit of
    gratitude towards Allah Almighty. Fasting is the
    best practice of loyalty and a concurrence
    between creator and created.
    Once done with Ramadan the spirit of sacrifice
    seems a daunting task to uphold. The
    quintessence of these sacred teachings lies in
    sustaining the practices that one has adopted in
    the month of Ramadan . The heighted feeling of
    Ramadan’s holiness is to continue the errands of
    caring for family and relatives ( Haqooq ul ibaad )
    by reaching to all in times of need, never forgo
    the zeal of spirituality, thirst for donating alms
    and invigoration of the connection that has been
    built between you and Allah. Even Allah has
    endorsed the one who maintain harmony even in
    their minor deeds as narrated in Hadith:
    “And the most beloved of deeds to Allah are
    those that are continuous, even if they are
    few.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]
    Sustaining the Spirit of Ramadan
    The sheer fear of losing motivation and
    momentum one has gained in the month of
    Ramadan makes it arguably more difficult to
    sustain the practices of Ramadan for rest of the
    months. If we take Ramadan as a training
    ground and mould ourselves according to the
    commandments condoned by Allah Almighty only
    then our hearts can be liberated from the despair
    of losing the true essence of Ramadan
    Following are the deeds of a Muslim that can be
    continued to sustain the spirit of Ramadan.
    1. Formation of Good Habits
    Before Ramadan, we are more focused about
    health, wealth and stealth and in Ramadan we
    are concerned about Fikar and Zikar. The
    significant thing after Ramadan is Istiqama i.e.
    to hold onto the good manners adopted in
    Ramadan. In Hadith the value of good manners
    has described as:
    “Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds
    than one’s Good manners.” [Al-Bukhari]
    Start from the minor possible habits like staying
    away From all those practices and routines that
    you have shunt in Ramadan from staying late till
    night to profane language. Once you are
    accustomed to it, these all practices will seem a
    piece of cake to observe even after the month of
    Ramadan. This is a psychological fact that
    carrying on certain habits become a part of one’s
    routine if practiced for certain weeks henceforth
    it wouldn’t be sturdy once have your hands on it.
    2. Keep Up the Practice of Fasting
    Fasting that too after the month of Ramadan?
    Most of you would have yelled a big No but in
    actual it is not this tough to observe the practice
    of fasting after Ramadan. It was the favorite
    custom of our prophet (PBUH) to observe fast
    on some specific days and many Hadiths
    authenticate the significance of keeping Saum
    on Monday and Thursday. In Hadith it is narrated
    “The Prophet of Allah used to fast on Monday
    and Thursday. When he was asked about it,
    he said: The works of the servants (of Allah)
    are presented (to Allah) on Monday and
    Thursday.” [Sunan Abi Dawud]
    Following the Sunnah to observe fasting ritual is
    a best way not to rust your soul until next
    Ramadan and to keep the soul enliven within.
    3. Patching Up With Prayers and Charity
    In Ramadan, we all have made ourselves
    punctual for offering Salah that embarks
    discipline in order to obtain the level of spirit for
    becoming a best practicing Muslim. Continual of
    this obligation is not tough especially when it is
    just a day or two of Ramadan departure. Giving
    donations is not specific to the month of
    Ramadan that too when Allah has asked His
    people to give alms to the needy and deserved
    ones. Donate for mosque construction, feed a
    poor or the least you can do is to teach someone
    something good to keep up with the pace of
    Zakat after Ramadan as charity is among those
    things that will prove to be the savior at the Day
    of Judgment as narrated in Hadith:
    “When a man dies, his good deeds come to
    an end except three: ongoing charity,
    beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring
    who will pray for him.” [Muslim]
    4. Continuation of Communal Meals
    Ramadan is a social ritual to revive the
    communal relationship apart from spiritual
    practice. Muslims invite their relative for Aftar
    meals to break their fasts, a way to sit together
    and revitalize the importance of family get
    together. Aftar meals can be arranged for the
    deserved and deprived one depending on the
    istita’at of Muslim beings. To keep this practice
    intact one can arrange communal meals for
    family and friends or either can feed the poor, as
    they deemed preferable.
    Concluding, month of Ramadan is over and
    indeed was a hard one because most of us have
    observed fast in the scorching and humid month
    of June. Despite this fact, we still can keep the
    essence of Ramadan alive in our soul by
    sustaining all the good habits that have adopted
    in the month of Ramadan. Work upon yourself
    and avoid hardships to pace up with Ramadan’s
    rituals because in eternity your intentions and
    consistent deeds will be awarded, as narrated by
    Hazrat Aisha (RA) that:
    “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and
    moderately, and remember that you shall
    enter Paradise only through Allah’s Mercy,
    and also remember that the most beloved
    deed to Allah is that which is regular and
    constant even if it is little.” [Bukhari]

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