I am sure that there is hardly any believer who doesn’t feel sad at the fact that the month of Ramadan has come to an end. The month where the Muslim Ummah comes close to our factory setting, worshipping Allah (ta’ala) as much as possible and rushing to do every good deed we can lay our hands on.
It really was good to see Muslims be at their absolute best for the last 29 days. But as we bask in the euphoria of Eid, I can’t help but reflect on Ramadan and what lessons I have personally learned from it.
It’s Not Shaytan, It’s You
There is an element of evil in a lot of people. We like to blame our sins and misdeeds on shaytan, but knowing that he has been tied down during Ramadan only tells you that every evil that you commit in this month is from your own self.
This Ramadan was particularly tough for Muslims all over the world, but also for me in my little corner of Lagos. When people show evil towards you in the month of Ramadan, you know that they are not under the influence of shaytan, rather, they are capable of evil themselves.
Think of every wrong that you committed in the month of Ramadan, either towards yourself or other people. Those wrongs are from your own soul and not from shaytan.
Ibadah Needs Conscious Effort
Waking up every single night for tahjjud is something that very few Muslims do outside of Ramadan, myself included. So also, is praying extra 11 rakahs of salah every day. But we did it. Because we made the conscious effort to worship Allah (ta’ala) more during this holy month.
Now that Ramadan is over, I want you to know that this conscious effort is what our Ibadah will need from us if we hope to continue worshipping Allah (ta’ala) the way we worshipped Him during Ramadan.
There is Goodness in the Ummah
Muslims raised over $1.5m on LaunchGood in the month of Ramadan alone. People donated money for people they have and probably never will meet. I’m sure that most of the 15,000 people that contributed this money are not exactly wealthy people themselves, but they have chosen to put other people’s needs above their own.
That is the spirit of the Ummah. That is what Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Salam) and his companions stood for. This is the type of goodness that they enjoined upon us. That even when you think you don’t have enough for yourself, still find space to give to another.
With Hardship There is Ease
This was a turbulent Ramadan for me. But during all the turbulence, I could literally see the ease. When you read that “verily with hardship, there is ease”, most times your expectation is that after your trial is over, there is ease waiting for you.
But that’s not how it happens. Most times, if you look closely, there is ease right there amidst your trial. But only if you slow down and reflect upon your situation will you be able to recognise and appreciate this ease.
You may have lost your job, but your health is in perfect condition. That right there is an example of ease. Imagine being out of a job and in sickness?
Allah’s Mercy is the Most Important
I didn’t meet most of my Ramadan goals. I probably didn’t even do half the things that I wrote down. And this is a reminder that our good deeds only cannot take us into Jannah, we need the mercy of Allah (ta’ala).
Think about all your good deeds, will they be enough for you if He does not grant you His mercy?
The month of Ramadan has gone, but I hope that the lessons that we have learnt from it stays with us and helps us as we strive to better ourselves in the worship of Allah (ta’ala).