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Praises and glorifications are due and belong to Allah; the One Who creates and selects. He created the months and made the month of Ramadan one of the best months in which lies a night better than a thousand months. May Allah’s peace, salutations and blessings be upon the best to ever worship Allah; the holy Prophet Muhammad, his family and all companions.

The month of Ramadan is seen in Islam as a spiritual semester for the strengthening of faith and as a pit stop for strengthening or charging one’s spiritual batteries in order to fully gather a lot of spiritual momentum to do goods for the rest for of the year. In short, there is no any better time than the month of Ramadan to take lessons from and to change for the better, hence, what did we learn from the Month of Ramadan?

After graduating from the school of Ramadan with degrees according to every one’s effort, and whilst we sit and listen to the sermon of the Imam on the graduation day of Eid al-Fitr, with spiritually lighted souls and defeated wanton desires, every Muslim can admit that he or she has lean some lessons. We have all learnt lessons if we were to imbibe them in our lives for the rest of the year we would have become the auliya of Allah (the friends of Allah); those who has no any fears in this world and would suffer no worries in the next life, and we would have possess angelic hearts in our human biological compositions- an aim for which fasting in the month of Ramadan was legislated-righteousness-:

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous.”( Al-Baqara:183)

We learnt how to be God-conscious day and night and abandon evil deeds such as lying, backbiting, slandering and usual human frailties and traits that are so much part of our lives.

We learnt how to populate the mosques for the observation of the daily compulsorily prayers including the taraweeh prayers and the tahajjud prayer at night.

In the blessed month of Ramadan, we learnt the regular reading of the Qur’an, patience, piety, enjoining goodness and forbidding of evil, just as we learnt inner struggle, forgiveness and mercy , and through these lofty deeds we were granted a  released by the Almighty Allah from the slippery road leading to Hell.

We learnt in the erstwhile Ramadan the great habit of sitting in the circles of knowledge and remembrance of Allah. I mean circles where we listen to the lofty words of Allah and their interpretations and not circles where innovations are practiced. We also learnt kindness to our parents and mercifulness towards our wives and children, obedience to our husbands and we learnt how to be good towards our neighbors, the orphans and the needy.

Surely, if we were to continue all lessons we learnt from the month of Ramadan, the angels would have greeted us and shake hands with us. They would have prayed every day for Allah to forgive our sins. The shaytan would have been despaired of us and would weep for losing us day and night, but alas! The goods deeds have been abandoned, the mosques are vacated, no more night prayers. The pages of the Qur’an are sealed and many have gone back to their old ways of life. Pitiful indeed is the fate of such who shall behave this way after Ramadan.

With end of Ramadan, the message is clear, a Muslim must be in a constant state of obedience to Allah, firm upon following His Law, steadfast upon His belief, so that we are not of those who worship Allah only during this one month. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, and that He is forever watchful.  

I pray that we all would live with the revived spiritual awareness that this Holy month brought to us, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our blessed Prophet , his family and all companions.


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