#Opinion: After Ramadan, what then?
Opinion

#Opinion: After Ramadan, what then?

Mfonobong Akpan

The month of Ramadan is has commenced and would come to an end amid much celebrations, but there is one question though -What happens after?

Ramadan lasts only for a month, 29 or 30 wonderful days. This special month for every Muslim is a time to get closer to Allah (SWT), physically and mentally.

In addition to the obvious, fasting from sunrise to sunset, Muslims must also abstain from so many other things. Souls are trained in virtue and accustomed to dignity, they learn to disdain vices, sins and acquire all good attributes.

And abstain many do, but how quickly do they return to the former routine of life hastily destroying what they have built.

It then seems they only turned to repentance and ceased from committing evil deeds as something specific and restricted to the month of Ramadan and then stop doing these good acts when the month is over. This quite hypocritical, don’t you think? It makes no sense. For those who practice this type of behaviour, you deceive no one but yourself . And the period of abstinence wouldn’t count anymore.

Below are a few habits that should be continued even after Ramadan:

• Regular Prayer

• Modesty

• Repentance

• Fasting

• Du’aa, Adhkar

• Charity

• Feeding the poor, caring for orphans

• Visiting relatives

• Visiting sick persons

• Waking up before Fajr

• Sleeping early

• Eating light, healthy food

• Forgiving people

• Gratitude

• Humility

• Patience

•Empathy

Muslims must know that steadfastness after Ramadan and the rectification of one’s statements and actions are the greatest signs that one has gained benefit from the month of Ramadan and striven in obedience. They are tokens of reception and signs of success.

What prevents Muslims from living everyday with the same level of spirituality, self-control, and productivity reached in Ramadan?

Happy Ramadan Mubarak!

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