Asalamu alaykum my dear brothers and sisters. Welcome to the third and last part of the Rise Up series of audio lectures called ‘Steadfastness after Ramadan’.
During this blessed month of Ramadan, we devoted our time in trying to do as much good deeds as possible such as fasting, being charitable, helping, reciting Quran, increasing in prayer, asking for forgiveness and much more. We are currently in the last ten days of Ramadan and who knows whether we will be able to see next year.
Sufyaan ibn `Abdillah (may Allah be pleased with him) said "Oh Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam, which I cannot ask anyone else besides you." He said: "Say: 'I believe in Allah' and then be steadfast (upon that)." [Muslim]
This evidently suggests that after having faith in Allah the Most High, we need to remain steadfast by performing obligatory acts to stay on the right path without drifting away side to side.
So how can we keep our momentum and enthusiasm up and remain steadfast after Ramadan?
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The most beloved of deeds to Allah is the one that is continuous, even if it is little”.
"By Him in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the smell coming from the mouth of a fasting person will be more pleasant, in the Sight of Allah, on the Day of Judgment, than the odor of musk." [Agreed upon]
Abu Qatadah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah was asked about fasting the tenth day of Muharram (‘Ashura'). He said: “It expiates (the sins of) the preceding year.” [Muslim].
Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said “The best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” [Muslim]
“There is no Muslim who performs wudu and performs it well and then stands and offers 2 units of prayer with devotion of heart and mind in the two of them, except that Paradise becomes guaranteed for him” [Muslim]
Furthermore, there are other optional prayers but are not required on a daily basis such as
Ultimately, we should only pay heed to Allah in Ramadan but always so let us strive our very best. I hope you enjoyed our Magnetic Love with Ramadan project this year called ‘Rise Up’. Please do contact for future suggestions in sha Allah. Anything good is from Allah, anything bad is from myself and shaytan. Asalamu alaykum.