Continue good deeds of Ramadan

Continue good deeds of Ramadan

DUBAI — Why do some people go crazy and turn bad after living like angels during the holy month of Ramadan?

Why would a faithful waste all rewards and benefits he or she has tirelessly and patiently collected during one full month? Such key queries need to be mulled over by all Muslims after a long and intensive spiritual training for thirty days.

Scholars here said as Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims need to think over the best way to remain steadfast, stick to worship and keep doing good deeds after the holy month of fasting.

“As Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has underscored, believing in God is essential, but to remain faithful without drifting away from the straight path is more important,” said Sheikh Taher, imam of Al Taqwa Mosque.

Echoing the same, Sheikh Noah, imam of Anas bin Malik Mosque, said Muslims have indeed tasted the sweetness of faith, enjoyed supplicating at night, and cried seeking Allah’s forgiveness. “Is it easy to waste such a spiritual uplifting?” he asked.

“We need to watch carefully and compare our worship before and after Ramadan. We used to pray, supplicate, fast, say Zikr, give charity, visit relatives and friends, and be nicer to people till a few days back. What on earth has happened to turn to waste such priceless treasures!” he wondered.

Imam of Musab Bin Umair Mosque Ahmed Al Sawi said such commitment may only be done by performing obligatory worship and avoiding prohibited acts. “Once a Muslim accustoms himself to good deeds for one full month, then he must stay obedient to Allah thereafter.”

Islamic researcher Dr Sheikh Mohammed Ashmawy said the faithful are warned to be like the woman who breaks into untwisted strands the yarn which she has spun, after it has become strong as narrated in Verse 16/92 of the Holy Quran. “Ramadan is an intensive training for life-time piety which is meant not only to be and remain pious but also to add on.”

Imam of Al Dawa Mosque Hassan Nasser said good manner truly indicate that one has benefitted from the worship of fasting, and his or her worship is approved. “As instructed in Verse 15/99 of the Quran, Allah has ordered the faithful to worship Him until the end of life.”

Unfortunately, some people grow lazy, abandon obligations and even become worse when Ramadan is over. “Worship does not end and Muslims can fast, pray, donate, recite the Quran and do other good deeds all year round,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed Al Arabi, imam of Al Huda Mosque, said fasting is not only a mere worship. “It is rather vital spiritually and medically that we should be grateful for having fasted, and done any good deeds during these blessed days. Thinking deeply, we will find that fasting is never a burden; it is rather a gift we should thank Allah for helping us to complete,” he added.

The true pious Muslim is the one who fears that his worship may not be accepted, for indeed Allah only accepts from those who have Taqwa (piety).

“We should all be warned of turning backward after having attained guidance, of going astray after persevering, and then ask Allah to provide us with endurance in doing righteous deeds and continuity in performing good acts,” he said, noting that the Prophet’s companions used to solicit Allah to accept their actions in Ramadan for six months thereafter.

As we start a new chapter of life after Ramadan, Muslims should ask themselves if they have fulfilled the requirements of piety and become eligible for God’s mercy and forgiveness.

“Muslims should worry if they have defeated their desires, whims and bad habits,” Sheikh Mahmud Marei, Imam of Al Faruq Mosque, said, adding that the noble month is a true school of transformation for the better in actions, habits and manners.

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