Holding onto the good habits we developed in Ramadan
We must remember that in a hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Therefore, we should try our best to hold on to the good habits that we developed in Ramadan. Just because Ramadan has passed, this does not mean we should just forget the good that we did in this month and go back to our old routines. We should be grateful that Allah blessed us with the ability to develop good habits, and try to hold onto these new habits so that we can continue to earn rewards and improve ourselves as believers steadfast in faith.
If we realise that in Ramadan we tried to avoid wasting time having idle conversations about things which will be of no benefit to us either in this life or the Aakhirah (Hereafter), we should keep up the habit of avoiding idle talk. We should remember that we strived to restrain ourselves from wasting time in Ramadan as we were worried about how it would affect our fast and we obviously did not want to weaken our fast.
Perhaps in Ramadan we found that we were putting in more effort to make sure that we were praying each of our five daily prayers on time. We should remind ourselves of the motivation we had to do this and work on keeping up this motivation even though the month of Ramadan has now passed. Before Ramadan, maybe we were prioritising our tasks and chores for the day instead of prioritising our prayers.
We know the importance of reciting the Holy Qur’an in Ramadan, so it may be that we put in every effort to recite as much of the Qur’an as we could. We made sure to make time during the day, even whilst fasting, to finish reciting the whole Qur’an by the end of the month of Ramadan, or even just reciting as much as possible. We should remember this enthusiasm that we had, and continue to practise this habit even though Ramadan has passed.
Reflection on the meaning of the Holy Qur’an was also something that many of us are likely to have tried to make time for. We knew the importance of being able to be feel more engaged with Qur’an, understanding that it is our guide in life. Studying the meaning of the Qur’an helps us to be more motivated to recite it. We should ensure that we do not let this habit slip and that we continue to learn more about the Qur’an and reflect on its meanings.
We are aware of the significance of giving to charity in the month of Ramadan. As we fasted, we also remembered those who are less fortunate than us, those who are struggling, and those in poverty. As well as donating to help the less fortunate, we also know about the great rewards of giving to charity. We should not let this good habit slip away, and we should try our best to continue this habit as something we do more regularly, reminding ourselves how beneficial it is for us.