Advice

Towards Perfection After Ramadan (khutbah)

by Sheikh Furqan Jabbar

Although we marked the end of Ramadan with Eid, a time when we should celebrate and be happy, we can also perhaps understand that the moment is a bitter-sweet one. Why? Because the masajid will no longer be as full as they used to. Praying and fasting has decreased. And finally, we won’t be examining out behaviour as much as we once would have.

The one that has truly benefitted from Ramadan is the one that has taken away lessons from this month so that he may continue use them for the rest of the year. Imagine if one keeps doing this every year. Imagine the state in which he shall finally meet Allah. But in order for all this to occur, there must be consistency.

One of the things which we must understand is that consistency is important. We need to learn the importance of performing acts on a regular basis and not just for a finite period of time. Once we begin to excel in worship, and it becomes common-practice, we can continue to move upwards, we can continue to improve as much as Allah wills…

In a hadith found in Sahih Muslim, it is said that Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked regarding which act was most pleasing to Allah. Rather than reciting to the questioner a supplication or something of the like, she simply said: 

أَدْوَمُهُ وَإِنْ قَلَّ

“The type which is consistent, even if it be a little…”

Therefore, what we need to understand, for the purposes of this khutba is that we must keep maintaining some form of relationship with Allah. It may be reciting a page or two of the Qur’an each day. It may be reciting a series of adhkar each day. It may reading a book or listening to a lecture each day. The point is, something must happen.

We ask Allah that he allow this to be the case…

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The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in authentic hadith found in the collection of Ibn Hibban

إِنَّ لِكُلِّ عَمَلٍ شِرَّةً

Every deed has a period of enthusiasm…

وَلِكُلِّ شِرَّةٍ فَتْرَةٌ

And every period of enthusiasm is followed by slackening off…

Alhamdulilah. Every single of us, during Ramadan, raised the bar. We were more enthusiastic about certain acts of worship. By this I mean, we fasted more, we prayed more, we listened to the Qur’an more. After Ramadan, as we all know, this all changes. Our enthusiasm for certain deeds, as compared to others, decreases or disappears entirely. How unfortunate is it that many of us go back to our previous lives, as though Ramadan never came to us in the first place. Perhaps many of us don’t realise the danger in doing so.

Nonetheless, in this same hadith which I mentioned, the Prophet (peace be upon him) continues and says:

فَمَنْ كَانَتْ شِرَّتُهُ إِلَى سُنَّتِي

Whoever expresses enthusiasm in following my Sunnah

فَقَدْ أَفْلَحَ

Then he has succeeded…

وَمَنْ كَانَتْ فَتْرَتُهُ إِلَى غَيْرِ ذَلِكَ

And whoever loses enthusiasm towards something other than my Sunnah

فَقَدْ هَلَكَ

Then he is destroyed…

According to the famous biographer of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the author of Ar-Raheequl Makhtum, Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, one of the ways in which we can avoid this loss of enthusiasm is avoiding excesses. In other words, we avoid a situation where we do plenty in a short amount of time…

Admittedly, some of us probably feel this way after the last ten days of Ramadan. Therefore, as well as trying to maintain a regular habit of performing good deeds, we should keep trying to maintain whatever enthusiasm we have.

According to expert in the field of behavior management the means by which we can do so may vary, some of them include:

– Finding a cause that we are passionate about…

– Memorising Ayaat of the Qur’an which resonate with us…

– Listening to motivational lectures and talks…

– Socializing exclusively with those who are better than us in knowledge and action…

The point however is that we must do something. Let us pay specific attention to the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him)…

According to him, The one that does not find a way to maintain this enthusiasm…

فَقَدْ هَلَكَ

Then he is destroyed…

We ask Allah to protect us from such a fate…

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