10 Ways to Maximize the Last Ten Days of Ramadhaan.
The last 10 days of Ramadhaan are very precious indeed:
“Rasulullah (SAW) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Muslim)
Ayesha (RA) reported that: “during the last ten days of Ramadhaan Rasulullah (SAW) would wake his wives up during the night and then remain apart from them (that is, being busy in acts of worship).” (Bukhari)
Here are some ways that we can all make the best of these precious last ten days of this most blessed month:
1) Make a timetable for oneself for the last ten days:
One should make a timetable for oneself so that one can make the best of these last 10 precious days. One can include the times that one will read the Qur’an and how much one will read like one Juz (Chapter) or half a Juz etc as well as certain Nafl prayers one will do throughout the day and night and any worship that one will do etc. One should strive to make time the to worship on at least the last odd nights of the last ten days as these are the nights where it is said that it is most likely to be Laylat ul Qadr (The night of power). Making a structured timetable may help one to better organize oneself especially in these precious days 10 days.
2) Spend the last 10 days in I’tikaf:
I’tikaf is the seclusion and staying in the Masjid/or for women in the home, with the intention of becoming closer to Allah by doing constant remembrance, glorification and worship of Allah. One should perform as many Nafl prayers as possible and recite much of the Qur’an and its meanings, read books on Islam and keep ones lips moist with the constant glorification and remembrance of Allah. Ayesha (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW), “Used to perform i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadhaan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic, took him.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Abu Said reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever makes I’tikaf with me is to make I’tikaf during the last ten [nights].” (Bukhari)
We can also do what’s called Nafi I’tikaf where one can obtain reward for as long as one is in the Masjid even if it is for a short while. So every time we enter the Masjid we should make intention of doing Nafi I’tikaf for as long as we are in the Masjid we will get rewarded Inshallah depending on how long we stay. If we don’t stay at the Masjid for the full ten days then we should at least strive to stay at the Masjid as much as possible during the odd nights or last 5-7 days.
3) Recite the Qur’an abundantly:
Az-Zuhri used to say upon the coming of Ramadhaan, “It is only about reciting the Qur’an and feeding the poor.”
Ibn Al-Hakam said, “With the advent of Ramadhaan, Malik would completely forsake studying Hadith and having sessions with other scholars (so that he can concentrate on reading the Qur’an).”
Abdur-Raziq said, “When Ramadhaan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship and devote himself to the recitation of the Qur’an.”
Both fasting and recitation of the Qur’an in Ramadhaan act as intercessors with Almighty Allah for the true believer who observes them. In this respect, Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede on behalf of Allah’s servant on the Day of Judgment. Fasting will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from food and desires during the day, so accept my intercession for him.” And the Qur’an will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from sleeping by night, so accept my intercession for him.” The intercession of both will thus be accepted.” (Ahmad)
This is the month of the Qur’an so we should strive to recite as much of it as we can especially during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan as there is a special merit to reciting the Qur’an in the nights of Ramadhaan. For indeed, the night brings an end to the busy daily affairs, the enthusiasm is roused and the heart and the tongue mount upon reflecting. And Allah is the one in whom we seek assistance. Anas (RA) reports that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever reads the Quran, Allah grants that person ten good deeds for every letter. And for one who hears the Qur’an being recited, Allah grants a good deed for every letter, and such a person will be resurrected among those who will recite and ascend the stages of Jannah.”
The reward for reading a letter of the Holy Qur’an in this blessed month is also very much increased so its 70 good deeds or MORE for reading just one letter so lets make the best use of these precious last few days and read as much of the Qur’an as we can!
4) Strive to gain forgiveness:
One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah in these last ten days especially. If one leaves Ramadhaan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next.
Ayesha (RA) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’”
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee” (Tirmidhi)
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylat ul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The best times to ask for forgiveness are just before the time of breaking ones fast and before Sehri after one reads the Tahajud prayer. These are the times we should concentrate on repenting the most as these times duas are more readily accepted. We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in everyway possible.
5) Do Parents Khidmah (Help):
We should always be the best towards our parents at all times and not even say “uff” to them and in Ramadhaan and in particular the last ten days we should increase ourselves in helping our Parents and being the best towards them and making them happy and smile. A man asked Rasulullah (SAW): “What kinds of deeds are best in the sight of Allah?” Rasulullah (SAW) replied, “To pray on time, to be good and kind to parents, and to struggle in the path of Allah.” (Al-Bukhari)
The reward for being good and kind toward one’s parents was mentioned on several occasions by Rasulullah (SAW) emphasizing that those who are obedient to their parents and to Allah also will be in the highest places in Paradise. Allah mentions in the Qur’an:
وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعۡبُدُوٓاْ إِلَّآ إِيَّاهُ وَبِٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ إِحۡسَـٰنًاۚ إِمَّا يَبۡلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ ٱلۡڪِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَآ أَوۡ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَآ أُفٍّ۬ وَلَا تَنۡہَرۡهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوۡلاً۬ ڪَرِيمً۬ا (٢٣) وَٱخۡفِضۡ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ ٱلذُّلِّ مِنَ ٱلرَّحۡمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ٱرۡحَمۡهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِى صَغِيرً۬ا (٢٤)
“And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) “Ugh” nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word. And make yourself submissively gentle to them with compassion, and say: O my Lord! Have compassion on them, as they brought me up (when I was) little.” (Surah Isrâ 17:23-24)
Rasulullah (SAW) also indicated that the pleasure or anger of Allah is in the pleasure or anger of parents, and that Muslims who are kind to their parents earn forgiveness from Allah. The importance of gaining the pleasure of one’s parents was also emphasized by Rasulullah (SAW) when he said that the earnest prayers of parents for or against their child are always answered by Allah. So if our parents are angry or unhappy with us then how do we expect our fasts and deeds to be accepted? How do we expect to gain the mercy and forgiveness from Allah? Now is the time to ask our parents to forgive us for any wrongs we have done towards them and any unhappiness we have brought towards them and start from now to make them the happiest so that Allah may be the happiest with us.
6) Do much Nafl Prayers:
Nafl prayers are one of the best ways to get close to Allah as well as filling up our good deed accounts. We have to invest as much as we can into the hereafter to just to this world. Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The first thing that the people will be called to account for on the Day of Resurrection will be the prayers. Our Lord will say to the angels although He knows better: ‘Look into the salaah of my servant to see if he observed it perfectly or been negligent in it. So if he observed it perfectly it will be recorded to his credit, but if he had been negligent in it in any way, Allah would say: See if My servant has any supererogatory prayers. Then if he has any supererogatory prayers, Allah would say: Make up the deficiency in My servant’s obligatory prayer with his supererogatory prayers.’ Thereafter all his actions will be examined in like manner.” (Abu Dawud).
Rabi’ah ibn Malik al-Aslami (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: “I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: “That is it.” Rasulullah (SAW) said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers).” (Muslim)
The mother of the believers, Umm Habiba (RA) narrated that she heard Rasulullah (SAW) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim)
Here are some Nafl prayers we can all do everyday:
- The 2 Rakaat before Fard of Fajr: Ayesha (RA) quoted Rasulullah (SAW) as saying: “The two Rak’ahs before Dawn (Fajr) Prayer are better than the word and all that which it contains.” (Muslim)
- Salaatul Ishraaq (Sunrise prayer-15-20 mins after sunrise) 2 or 2×2 Rakaat of Nafl: Rasulullah (SAW) is reported to have said, “He who performs Fajr Salaat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaat’s Nafl Salaat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawab of one Hajj and one Umrah.” (Tirmidhi)
- Duha Prayer (Salaatul Chaast-Breakfast prayer to be prayed before Zawaal(Midday): ‘Salaat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 – 12 Rakaat’s and it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaat’s.’ (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505) Rasulullah (SAW) is reported to have said that: “Whoever prayed twelve rakaat’s at the time of Chaast, then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise.” (Mishkaat)
- 4 Rakaah Sunnah before Fard of Zuhr, 2 Rakaah Sunnah and 2 Rakaah Nafl after Fard of Zuhr: Umm Habiba (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four Rak’ahs before Noon Prayer and four Rak’ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (At-Tirmidhi)
- 4 Rak’ahs Sunnah of Asr: Rasulullah (SAW) said: “May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Rak’ahs) before ‘Asr prayer.” (Abu Dawud)
- If anyone enters a mosque, he should offer two Rak’ahs before sitting: Abu Qatada (RA) reports Rasulullah (SAW) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two Rak’ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
- 2 Rakaat after doing Wudu (Ablution): Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)”
- The MOST REWARDING Nafl Prayer of all is Tahajud: Rasulullah (SAW) has said: “In Paradise there is a castle reserved for those who read Tahajud.” and Rasulullah (SAW) further adds, “Those who pray at night will enter paradise without having to account for their acts in this life.” It is recommended that you recite in your prayers as much of the Quran as you know. If you happen to know by heart the whole of the Quran you may, in at least 3 nights or most 4 nights of Tahajud effectuate the complete reading of the Quran. Otherwise, you may recite 3 Surah Ikhlas (Qul Hu Allahu Ahad) after your “Alhamdu…” in every Rakaat and you will thus derive full benefits of the full recital of the Quran in every Rakaat. During the month of Ramadhaan one should awake a little earlier for Sehri and make time to pray Tahajud Salaah for the reward is magnified so much more in Ramadhaan and duas are even more readily accepted than at any other time of the year. We should be reading Tahajud EVERY night in the last ten days of Ramadhaan for any of these nights may be the night of POWER. The Dua’s at the time of Tahajud are very readily accepted by Almighty Allah and one should repent and ask of Allah and try to cry in their Dua’s at this time, if one cannot cry due to the hardness of ones heart due to sin then at least one should make the face as if one is crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quickly and promptly when it cries the same way Allah attends to his servant quicker when they are crying.
- Salaatul Tasbeeh: Our beloved Rasulullah (SAW) had taught this Nafl prayer to his Uncle Abbas (RA) and told him: “He who performs this prayer will have his past and future sins forgiven.” Rasulullah (SAW) has recommended to read this prayer daily on each Friday or once a month or once a year, in case of this not being possible, to read it even once in one’s life. This Nafl prayer provides limitless benefits both in the material and spiritual life. Ibn al Mubarak says: “The tasbeeh prayer is a greatly desired act and it is desirable that one should punctually observe it and never neglect it.” We should try to read it EVERY night in the last ten days of Ramadhaan and get COUNTLESS rewards Inshallah
Also don’t forget that the Reward of Salaah multiplied 70 times or more by use of Miswaak. Ayesha (RA) has reported that: “The prayer before which the Miswaak is used is seventy times more excellent than that before which it is not used.”
7) Increase in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah):
We should glorify Allah night and day, especially in these last ten days of the blessed month of Ramadhaan. Remembering Allah much through acts of Dhikr brings much peace and tranquility to the heart. It also gives us a sense of Taqwa (fear of Allah), a consciousness that makes us realize that Allah Almighty is ever near and that we should always strive to please Him.
ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَتَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِۗ أَلَا بِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ تَطۡمَٮِٕنُّ ٱلۡقُلُوبُ
“Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” (Surah Al-Rad 13:28)
Here are some beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout the last ten days and nights of this blessed month and throughout the year Inshallah:
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhânallah” and a Good deed will be written for you or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” (Muslim)
Abu Dharr (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulullah (SAW) that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulullah (SAW) said: “That rare treasure is LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.” (“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”).” (Ibn Majah)
Jaa’bir (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “For the person who recites SUB-HAN’ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI, “Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise), – A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise” (Tirmidhi)
The virtues of reading the praises of Allah:
- The Virtues of reading the First Kamilah, The word of purity or the kalima-e-tayyabah.: “Lā ilāha illā-llāh, Muḥammadur Rasūlu-llāh” (There is no god except Allah; Muhammad (Saw) is His Messenger). Zaid bin ‘Arqam (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever says La ilaaha illal-laahu… sincerely will enter the Paradise.”
- The Virtues of reading the Third Kalima: The word of glorification or the kalima-e-tamjeed: “Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm” “Glory be to Allah. And praise be to Allah. And there is no god except Allah. And Allah is the Greatest. And there is no power and no strength except with Allah, the Most High, Most Great.” Ibn Mas’ood (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “When I met Prophet Ibrahim (AS) in the night of Me’raj he asked me to convey his Salaam to my Ummah and to tell them that the Paradise has a fertile soil and sweet water, and is like a vast field. And its plants are (the words above).” Another version says: “Whoever recites the words above, a tree in Paradise is planted for him for each word he says.” (Virtues of Dhikr; Tirmidhi)
- Virtues of reading the Fourth Kalimah: The word of Oneness of Allah or the kalima-e-tawhid: “Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr.” “There is no god except Allah, Who is Alone and has no partners. For Him is the Dominion and for Him is all praise. He gives life and causes death. And He is Living and will never ever die. Owner of Majesty and Honor: In His Hands is all goodness. And He has power over all things.” Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “A person who recites: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer, a hundred times daily will have reward equal to that of freeing ten slaves and one hundred good deeds will be written for him, and one hundred of his sins will be lifted from him, and for the whole day, he will remain immune from the Shaytaan until the evening, and on the Day of Judgment, no one will exceed him in merit except one who has done [these phrases] more.” (Bukhari)
Its so easy and quick to Earn 500 good deeds in a few minutes in Ramadhaan. If you were to manage 500 good deeds every day of Ramadhaan, you would receive (70 times 500 = 35000) multiplied by 30 days……….1,050,000 deeds! One million fifty thousand deeds! Just say Subhânallah 100 times, Alhamdulillâh 100 times, Allahu Akbar 100 times, La ilaha il Allah 100 times and Astaghfirullah 100 times.
8) Make much dua
We should be very busy in Dua as much as we can especially in the last ten days and nights of the blessed month of Ramadhaan. How unfortunate is the one who does not make use of these last ten nights to supplicate to his lord. We find many reassurances throughout the Quran for those who make Dua. Allah the Exalted has said:
وَقَالَ رَبُّڪُمُ ٱدۡعُونِىٓ أَسۡتَجِبۡ لَكُمۡۚ
“And your Lord says: Pray unto me: and I will hear your prayer.” (Surah Ghaafir 40:60)
ٱدۡعُواْ رَبَّكُمۡ تَضَرُّعً۬ا وَخُفۡيَةًۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدِينَ
“Call upon your Lord Humbly and in secret.” (Surah Araaf 7:55)
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِۖ فَلۡيَسۡتَجِيبُواْ لِى وَلۡيُؤۡمِنُواْ بِى لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡشُدُونَ
“When My servants question thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me.” (Surah Baqarah 2:186),
أَمَّن يُجِيبُ ٱلۡمُضۡطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكۡشِفُ ٱلسُّوٓءَ
“Is not He (best) who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering.” (Surah Al-Naml 27:62)
Ayesha (RA) said: “No believer makes Dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated.”
In fact, it is a gaining Allah’s displeasure and anger to never make Dua, “Whosoever does not supplicate to Allah, Allah will be angry with Him.” So let us occupy ourselves in much Dua especially the times when it is most readily accepted like just before we break our fasts and also at Tahajud time. Thos who do not make the best of this opportunity has surely lost out greatly.
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِۖ فَلۡيَسۡتَجِيبُواْ لِى وَلۡيُؤۡمِنُواْ بِى لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡشُدُونَ
“When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them); I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me; let them also with a will listen to My call and believe in Me; that they may walk in the right way…” (Surah Baqarah 2:186)
The place of du’aa is so high to Allah that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du’aa.” (Sahih al-Jami`)
Rasulullah (SAW) also said: “The most excellent worship is du’aa.” (Sahih Al-Jami`)
9) Seek out Laylat ul Qadr (Night of Power):
So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to It:
لَيۡلَةُ ٱلۡقَدۡرِ خَيۡرٌ۬ مِّنۡ أَلۡفِ شَہۡرٍ۬
“Lailat ul Qadr is better than a thousand months.” (Surah Qadr 97:3)
This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadhaan. We should strive to stay up at least on the odd nights of the last ten days because if we pray on these nights then surely we would have caught this most powerful night and this would mean we would have a reward of 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP!
Some special prayers and Dhikr for Laitul Qadr:
- Seeking Forgiveness: Ayesha (RA) asked Rasulullah (SAW) that if she happened to get the night sublime what prayer should she say. Rasulullah (SAW) replied that she should say the following prayer: “Allahumma innaka afuwwun kareemun tuhib-bul af-wa fa-afo anni.” (O Allah, You are the One who grants pardon for sins, loves forgiving, so forgive me.)
- Reciting Istighfaar: The following should be recited as much as possible: “Astaghfirullah hallazi la-ila-ha illa huwal Hayyul Qayyumo wa atu-bu ilaihe.” (I seek forgiveness from Allah, the Almighty; there is no God but He. He is self-Existent, the Eternal and I return to Him)
- Reciting Surah `Inna anzalnahu… (Surah 97): It is also the Night when all ordainments for the year are decreed. Allah said:
وَٱلۡڪِتَـٰبِ ٱلۡمُبِينِ (٢) إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ فِى لَيۡلَةٍ۬ مُّبَـٰرَكَةٍۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنذِرِينَ (٣) فِيہَا يُفۡرَقُ كُلُّ أَمۡرٍ حَكِيمٍ (٤) أَمۡرً۬ا مِّنۡ عِندِنَآۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُرۡسِلِينَ (٥)
“By the manifest Book (the Quraan) that makes thing clear. We sent it (this Quraan) down on a Blessed Night (i.e. the Night of Qadr) in the month of Ramadhaan. Verily We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torments will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of Worship]. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainment}.” (Surah Dukhan 44:2-5)
SO LET US WORSHIP ALLAH EVERY ODD NIGHT (21,23,25,27,29) IN THE LAST TEN DAYS OF RAMADHAAN AND GAIN THE COUNTLESS REWARDS AND FORGIVENESS THAT IS PROMISED TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO STAND IN PRAYER ON THESE MOST IMPORTANT AND BLESSED NIGHTS!
10) Assess and evaluate yourself and make the changes for the rest of the year!
While the practice of fasting during Ramadhaan is widely followed, the instruction about self-evaluation has largely been forgotten. Self-evaluation means to assess where you are in life, set goals for the future, and think of what you can do to get there. The process of self-evaluation makes you pro-active in directing your life. Unless we take the initiative our lives will be shaped by circumstances. We need to assess ourselves and since this month made us prevent ourselves from doing many of the sins we may usually do why should we go back to those sins now that we have stopped or reduced them? Let us continue with the good habits that we have gained and acquired in Ramadhaan and take them with us throughout the rest of the year. If we continue the rest of the year with the evil we committed before Ramadhaan then know that we are risking the acceptance of all of our fasts and good deeds because Ramadhaan is not merely just for abstaining from food and evil for just one month but is a time to train ourselves to change for the better in everyway so that we may become god fearing and pious and continue that way the rest of the year. We should strive to continue the good we have done in Ramadhaan throughout the year and discontinue the evil that we left before Ramadhaan and NEVER go back to it.
“May Allah guide us all to the right path and make us pious servants of his. Aameen”