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A Ramadan that Passed me by- Kiran Salim (QI-2015)

Ramadan- it came like a cool breeze, that brings with it bountiful clouds of blessings. It is gone now like a sweet memory or a sweet perfume which lingers in the air long after ,reminding of the beautiful flowers that once were. There was much that we did but so much more that we planned but were unable to achieve. It makes the heart pray to see another Ramadan, so that we may collect all those pearls that we were unable to collect this time.

Sweet memories of Ramadan nights is one thing but to be realistic and plan for the days to come is another, and that is precisely the wisdom of Ramadan’s strenuous training session i.e. to be equipped to face the challenges till the next Ramadan.

The purpose of fasting is to attain Taqwa (Allah consciousness) as is said in the Quran:

“ O You who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that You may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).” Surah Al Baqarah:183.

Any important task needs planning, and what is more important than scoring Jannah in the end. For such an important goal one needs to strategize. Quoting Behavior Expert, Megan Coatley;

“Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed…Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster when you’re met with unexpected failures or setbacks.”

To achieve the long term goal, short term goal setting is very important. For this we need to take one thing at a time.

First thing First:

The first thing as any Post Ramadan Guide will tell you, is to get on with the Fasts. Be it the ones missed or the 6 Fasts of Shawal, since we are in the Fast mode and comfortable with the weather and hours etc, it is easier to cope up. Plus the reward is so big that it’s totally worth it. As narrated in a hadith by Abu Ayyub al-Ansari(ra), Prophet Mohammed (saw)  said:

“He who fasts Ramadan, and six of Shawwal, it will be (in terms of rewards) as if the fasted a whole year.” [Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Ibn Majah]

Be Organized:

Allotting time slots help to stay focused and not over-concentrate on just one aspect of life. The pattern of Islam is such that it requires a person to be an all rounder. One might specialize in one aspect but passing marks are mandatory in all areas. And for that we need to plan our days.

Evaluate and Face it:

By the end of the day/ week we know where our graph is going, and honest evaluation gives us chance to improve right away. That’s why it is important to keep track. It is basically looking in the mirror that we seldom have time for, but is extremely important for our long term goal.

Keep the list in front of your eyes, a place where you cannot hide from. I have put it on the wall beside my prayer mat, every time I stand for prayer it is almost impossible to ignore it. You can put it on the fridge or wherever it is hard for you to miss.


Multi Tasking can help solve the time issue to a great extend. The Adhkaar can be done while cooking, lectures can be heard while driving or on the treadmill etc.

Let’s not Desert the Masaajid:

Any good relationship needs effort and work. The beautiful bonding with the Masjid which is developed during Ramadan should also not be neglected. For the men, they have no other choice; the women should also make an effort to pray once in a while in the Mosque. A quote I heard in a talk by Shaikh Khalid Yasin comes to mind: “An old man in the mosque told me ‘the people who worshipped Ramadan are gone and those who worshipped Allah are still here praying today’. Lets not be people of Ramadan only.”

Round it up with Taqwa and Ikhlaas:

Be it the monthly check list or our personal Ibadah, everything should be done only and only for the pleasure of Allah. Our intentions are generally the first ones to slip and therefore require the strictest of checks. We have to remember that our long term goal will not be achieved by mere tick marks on the checklist but the sincerity of our efforts. Remember check list is not the end, but is the means to the end.

The training is the easy part, as we are fully supervised; the difficulty starts when we are on our own. May Allah swt help us in keeping our intentions straight.

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