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Maintaining piety beyond Ramadan

Maintaining piety beyond Ramadan
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By: Saira Ulfat

We, as devout Muslims, are deeply indebted to the Almighty for having made us followers of Islam and having blessed us with the month of Ramadan, which offers us a chance to strengthen our faith and seek forgiveness for our sins. In this holy month, we endevour  to develop piety and righteousness.

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, once remarked that many people who fast only experience thirst and many who stay awake during the night gain nothing but wakefulness. This highlights the importance of using this month as a time of spiritual growth and reflection, rather than just hunger and thirst.

It is imperative that we evaluate ourselves and the benefits we have obtained from this month of Ramadan. Have we truly attained piety, or are we merely hungry and thirsty? Some people limit their worship to Ramadan alone and return to their sinful ways for the rest of the year. However, such individuals cannot claim to have achieved true piety. They are comparable to a Hindu who visits a temple to worship God but goes about his daily life as he pleases.

Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to engage in a training program that can equip them to lead a virtuous life during the remaining eleven months. If we fail to cultivate piety during this time, our prayers and fasts will be rendered futile.

Sadly, after Ramadan ends, we witness a return to the vices that we had renounced during the holy month. Loud music blares from cars, women and girls disregard the dictates of modesty, men indulge in open intoxication, and the doors of mosques remain shut. We must remember the purpose of Ramadan and avoid the humiliation and shame that comes with a relapse into sinful habits.

To ensure that the teachings of Ramadan are instilled in us for the remaining eleven months, we need to maintain a consistent routine of worship and righteous conduct. We should continue the practice of waking up early for sahri and praying Tahajjud, followed by the Fajr prayer and Quranic recitation with reflection on its meaning and interpretation. We should also strive to memorize at least three verses each day.

For Dhuhr prayer, we should be punctual and reserve time for reading and avoiding excessive use of electronic devices. Following the daily routine, we should keep to a schedule that values our time as we did during Ramadan. Similarly, we should observe Asr and Maghrib prayers and then devote time to the study and memorization of hadiths. In order to avoid falling back into sinful behaviour we should remain engaged in activities that promote piety and righteousness.

By implementing these practices, we can attain piety and the pleasure of Allah, while gaining benefits in both this world and the hereafter. May we continue to uphold the virtues instilled in us during the month of Ramadan and strive for righteous living throughout the year?

(The author is a student at GDC Kokernag)


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