What Now Since Ramadan is Over?

All praise is due to Allah alone, and may His peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the one whom there is no prophet after, his household, Companions, and all those who follow his guidance.


To proceed:


It only seems like a few days ago we were welcoming this noble month and preparing to accept the gifts of the Most Merciful for us within it.


Now here we are, bidding it farewell as the month has come to an end. Now that it has ended, one may ask himself: “What now since Ramadan is over?”


It is essential for all of us to carry on the spiritual momentum that we employed in Ramadan for the rest of the year. Even though the month has ended, the deeds of a Muslim will never end until his soul leaves his body.


Allah, exalted and sublime is He, says to His Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), “…worship your Lord until what is certain (i.e. death) comes to you.” (15:99)


Allah, sublime is He, also mentions that Jesus (peace be upon him) said, “He (Allah) commanded me to pray and give alms as long as I live…” (19:31)


It was mentioned to some of the righteous predecessors that there were people who would work hard in Ramadan and then stop afterwards.  In response, they said, “What terrible people! They do not know of Allah, the Most High, except in Ramadan!”


Certainly, the month with its days, nights, minutes, and seconds has come to an end. If Ramadan is considered a tremendous seasonal opportunity to do good deeds as well as acts of obedience, then all periods of time should be considered as an opportunity to do good deeds and equip one’s self for the Hereafter. Worship in and of itself is not specifically attached to Ramadan alone. Rather, all of one’s life is revolved around worship. Allah, the Most High, says, “…worship your Lord until what is certain (i.e. death) comes to you.” (15:99)


Additionally, don’t forget to fast six days from the month of Shawwal. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows that up with fasting six days in the month of Shawwal, it is as if he has fasted for the whole year.” (Muslim)


I ask Allah, the Most High, to accept from us all from our fasting, night prayers, bowing, prostrations, supplications, remembrance of Him, and recitation of the Qur’an. I also ask Him to bring back Ramadan upon us for many more years to come, and to make us from those who have been saved from the Hellfire in the month of Ramadan.


May Allah accept everyone’s righteous deeds, and may His peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers.