تقبل الله منا ومنكم
May Allah accept it from you and us
May Allah accept our Siyaam (fasting), our Qiyaam (night prayers), our Salah, our Du’a, our reading and acting upon the Qur’an, our Sadaqah, our Daw’ah and all other acts of worship we carried out in Ramadhan for the sake and pleasure of Allah alone.
O People! If anyone among you worshipped Ramadhan, let them know that Ramadhan has passed. But those who worshipped Allah, let them know that He is ever-living and will never pass.
In the month of Ramadhan, we trained ourselves to behave in a certain manner, controlling our desires and living in accordance with Islam. Let us not undo all the efforts we made in Ramadhan to worship Allah the way he should be worshiped. In Ramadhan, the Shaytaan is chained and then freed when the month comes to an end. The Messenger (saw) said:
“When Ramadaan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
So if we are amongst those who let it all go and return to our evil actions and a life of sin, the question is: who has been freed, the Shaytaan or us? Why would we act as though it is ourselves who were chained during Ramadhan but now that it is over we return to evil and make up for all the sins we missed out on? Subhan’Allah! We must recognise that the Lord we worship in Ramadhan is the same lord in Shawwal, Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijjah, etc. Our disobedience to Him carries consequences whatever the month may be.
If we have really gained the essence of Ramadhan, we should see an improvement in ourselves as Muslims. This blessed month should act as a motivator which should give us a ‘boost’ for the rest of the year up until the next Ramadhan Insha’Allah. No doubt, there are many hasanaat to be gained in Ramadhan, but the worship of Allah is for life and not just for a month. Allah says,
Allah SWT says:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْاِنْسَ اِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوْنِ
“And I did not create the Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me.” (TMQ 51:56)
Allah has blessed the believer with two days of celebration, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha. We should be happy and joyous on the day of Eid, however, this should be in accordance with Islam. Unfortunately, many Muslims break all the rules on Eid and act as though it’s a party without limits. Free mixing, missing Salah, removing the Hijaab, and many other Haraam acts. So brothers and sisters, indeed enjoy your Eid, but do not forget that we must refer to Islam for all of our actions and abstain from indulging in actions which displease Allah.
Although it is a joyous occasion, we must not forget the pain and struggle facing the Ummah around the world. Whether it is the massacres taking place in Raqqa and Mosul by the US-coalition, or the increased intensity of the war against Islam under the pretext of fighting ‘extremism’ and ‘terrorism’. On the day of Eid we meet friends and family we have not seen for months and often since the last Eid. We should take the opportunity to give Da’wah and remind others of what is occurring against the noble Ummah around the world.
Eid Mubarak from VOTU.