It’s normal in Ramadan that we all push ourselves as much as possible. And even though we already have so much on our plate we sacrifice the little time and energy we have to benefit from the blessed month. But how do we keep our spiritual connection going after Ramadan when the devils are let out once more. And the buzz and enthusiasm has died down.
Let’s first agree on a few things. Ultimately we are living temporary lives in this world and our main focus should always be getting closer to Allah. We should always be in a state of striving to increase our worship and good deeds throughout the whole year and not just Ramadan. Allah is always there for us all year round, it is us who drift away at times. And finally the true indication that we have actually benefitted from Ramadan is that we are in a better state after Ramadan than we were before it started.
Bukhari and Muslim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.”
In the light of the above hadith how can we keep up our fasting, night prayers, reading and memorizing the Quran, listening to beneficial lectures after Ramadan has ended with our very hectic schedules?
Below are a few tips to help give you some inspiration on how to keep striving and be ever increasing after Ramadan Do what is feasible for you and what will make things easy, depending on your own circumstances. But just know, no matter how impossible it may seem, it is definitely possible.
Keeping up with Night Prayers
If you want to keep up the same amount or almost the same amount as you prayed in Ramadan I suggest you divide and conquer. Pray 2-4 rakat after the Isha’ prayer. While making the intention for the first 2 rakaat as both the sunnah of Isha’ and qiam (night prayers).
Wake up 15-20 min before fajr and pray another 2-4 rakaat qiam. You can pray the shafa’ and witr (3 rakaat) either after Isha’ or before fajr. By doing this you will only be adding an extra 15 min each time to your normal daily schedule.
Quran Reading and Memorization
You are allowed in your sunnah extra prayers (anything other than fard prayers) to hold a quran while praying. I suggest you use this benefit to the maximum. Especially in the qiam prayers. You can read from the Quran in a sequential manner and it is considered as part of your reading. You can also use it in memorizing. What you can do especially in qiam is repeat the same verses over and over again in each rakaat. You will find when you have finished, you have memorized them.
In addition try and take out at least 15 min of the day when you are reading Quran in front of your children. Let them play while you read. You can maximize the benefit of this by putting many intentions with it. They listen to Quran, you are showing them the importance of the Quran in our daily lives, you are reading/memorizing at the same time in shaa allah.
This isn’t hard to find time to do but it does need a lot of will power. If you find fasting very hard try and do at least the 3 sunnah days of fasting each month. Or maybe one day a week on either the Monday or Thursday. Even if you only fast one day a month try and make it consistent and let the kids know what you are doing so again, you are instilling a great value in their little hearts.
Seeking Beneficial Knowledge
Listening to beneficial lectures is really one of the easiest ones but requires organization and discipline. Have a plan that you will listen to something beneficial in your idle time such as when cooking, cleaning, or driving. Try and choose topics that build on top of each other and something that when you finish you will have sound knowledge in. For example, lectures in the tafseer of the Quran. Another great option is Islamic Online University, they offer free diploma short courses in very crucial topics such that will help you increase your knowledge and imaan in shaa allah.
Remembrance of Allah
If you want Allah’s continuous protection, guidance, and answering of your dua’as then make sure you implement this one. This is definitely the easiest and can have the biggest rewards. The only thing standing in your way would be your nafs and the devil. Remember Allah with your tongue at all times as much as possible. You can never do enough so never stop. The rewards are countless and it will give you a peace in your heart that can only be felt.
Dua is your weapon to help you do all of the above. Never stop asking Allah to help and guide you no matter what your status is or what you want. He is there for you and is always listening to you. You also have a very strong secret weapon, if you make dua’a for someone else without them knowing an angel will say ameen to your dua’a and ask Allah to give you the same. So why not use that in your advantage? Ask for others what you wish for yourself.
Finally, remember that if you strive Allah will not leave you. And even though you may think you don’t have time Allah is capable of giving you blessing in your time so you do much more than you thought possible. Make sure to ask Allah to give you sincerity in all you do and to keep you steadfast until you meet Him. May Allah help us all and accept from us.
Do you have any effective tips for remaining productive after Ramadan? Share them in the comments section in shaa allah!
About the Author
Halah is the founder of The Hearts of Light and mother to three beautiful children, masha allah. When she is not mothering or making beautifully inspirational creations, she enjoys writing to inspire sisters. Please make dua for the health of sister Halah and her family.