Before Ramadan started, many of us may have set goals for ourselves to make the most of the blessed month. But if you’re not prepared well in advance, Ramadan can feel like quite an overwhelming experience.
But who said goals have to only be a part of Ramadan!Â You can set spiritual goals and actually slay them all year round!
Here are some ideas on how you can keep that Ramadan spirit strong with #iwillinshaAllah series:
1) I will in shaa Allaah pray 5 times a day at prescribed times.
Ibn Mas’ud said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Which is the most virtuous of deeds?’ He said: ‘Salat during its appropriate time.’…Â (Tirmidhi)
All of us knew the exact times of prayers (especially fajr and maghrib)Â during Ramadan. It’s time to keep that determination rolling in shaa Allah.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “Woe to the worshippers who are unmindful of their prayer.” [107:4-5]
Saad bin Abi Waqqas said: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (SAW) about the meaning of ‘unmindful,’ and he replied: ‘It is delaying it (the prayer) up to the end of its prescribed time.'”
2) I will in shaa Allaah get closer to Allah through supererogatory (voluntary) prayer.
Narrated Umm Habibah: The Prophet (ï·º) as saying: “If anyone prays in a day and a night twelve rak’ahs voluntarily (supererogatory prayer), a house will be built from him in Paradise on account of these (rak’ahs).” (Abu Dawud)
For those who aced praying the fard Salah (obligatory prayer) on time in Ramadan, let’s take this as a bonus challenge to push your boundaries forward beyond Ramadan in shaa Allah. If you were offering taraweeh in Ramadan, then you can keep going with at least a part of it afterwards too.
3) I will in shaa Allah give charity from what I love.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Never will you attain good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah] from that which you love. And whatever you spendâ€”indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” [Qur’an â€“ 3:92]
Whatever it is that you give away – give it away WITH love and FROM what you love! Consider it as a seed that will grow and bring its fruits back to you! In shaa Allah.
4) I will in shaa Allah forgive without a grudge and give without expectations.
Forgiveness is different from condoning (failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness), excusing (not holding the offender as responsible for the action),Â forgettingÂ (removing awareness of the offense fromÂ consciousness),Â pardoningÂ (granted for an acknowledged offense by a representative ofÂ society, such as aÂ judge) andÂ reconciliation (restoration of aÂ relationship).
Forgiveness is given to someone who does NOT deserve it. You CHOOSE to forgive instead of taking the revenge. You COULD take revenge of course, but you chose to become a bigger person and let go…
Forgiveness is basically for YOU. To help you move on…
So are you ready to move on & let go of this burden?ðŸ’ª
5) I will in shaa Allah grow through what I go through.
The Messenger of Allah (ï·º) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”. [Muslim]
It’s time to leave pastÂ behind and keep your eyesÂ ahead.
6) I will in shaa Allah understand the whole Qur’an.
In Ramadan you may have finished reading the whole Qur’an so nowÂ is the time to invest in studying and understanding it.
Whether you take baby steps or leaps, progress is important. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast you go. What matters is that you start and then stay consistent and motivated!
7) I will in shaa Allah grow my love for Muhammad ï·º
And last but not least, let’s grab tightly onto theÂ way of rasulullah to always stay on the right path bi’idhnillah.
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran – 3:31]
Were you able to fulfill your Ramadan goals? If yes, are you prepared to work on your progress? If no, it’s time to keep going in shaa Allah. Because you CAN do this! Tie your camel and trust Allah!
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