Post Ramadan - How To Keep Your Faith Strong Throughout The Year
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims — the Prophet Mohammed said, "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained."
We believe during the month of Ramadan that Allah(s) revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam's sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as "The Night of Power" (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).
We spent 30 days in devotional Ibadah (worship) by maintaining good behaviors, mindful of our words, and controlling our emotional triggers when dealing with others. But now Ramadan has come to pass, how do we keep our faith strong throughout the year?
Here are the Top 4 ideas we think will help maintain and elevate your faith throughout the year! Share & Spread the good deed.
1. Study & Understand The Quran
Quran study should be approached with a prayerful (Dua) desire to learn and understand the Quran. Discipline yourself to be with the Quran during the time you decided is best for you to study. It is spiritual food that maintains your peace and stability throughout the year.
Set aside a specific time and place to study the Quran. Develop a plan of what you want to recite each day in your calendar and place a reminder in your iPhone or Android phone.
Having a plan excites you to discover what you learn from Allah(s) word for that day; it will also keep you organized, keeping track of what Aya (verse ) you have covered and what lessons you have learnt from each. Keep a journal and document your journey as you build a stronger relationship with Allah(s) book, the Quran.
2) Dhikr - Remembrance of Allah(s) Wherever You Are
Dhikr means "mentioning" is the name of devotional acts of short prayers glorifying Allah(s) that are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud.
Whether you are running your daily errands, waiting at the grocery store checkout line, or a long doctors appointment, Dhikr can be at the tip of your tongue wherever you are! It is an easy and simple way to soften your heart and build a daily habit of remembrance of Allah(s).
3) Listen To Thoughtful Reminders
One of the best habits you can have is to exude passion and excitement when you speak. Words and how we speak them, have a powerful influence in one’s pursuit of success in this life and the next.
But what does words and how we speak them have anything to do with listening to thoughtful reminders?
Well, most of what we choose to listen to, books we choose to read; have a powerful influence on our words and how we speak them to ourselves first, and others. And what better way to maintain your Iman (faith) after Ramadan, then to keep around the campfire of listening to thoughtful reminders which elevate your spiritual well being.
Here’s a few recommendations that will surely elevate your Iman(Faith)!
4. Maintain Your Daily Salah
Salah (Prayer) is one of the most important actions a Muslim must do. It is a time you are communicating with Allah(s) and it should be taken very seriously.
Now why would we mention Salah as a way to maintain your Iman(Faith)? I mean, it seems obvious...right?
Well, once Ramadan is over, we go about our day to day responsibilities and become complacent towards praying our 5 daily Salah on time. This is sooo danger!
Just a quick reminder, Allah(s) is merciful when situations arise and you are unable to pray your Salah on time. That’s ok. It was out of your control. However, Salah is your #1 priority. Therefore, it is highly advised to schedule your responsibilities in a way that does not conflict with your duty to Allah(s).
It doesn’t have to be something that is complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time. This requires you to sit down and look at the time of Salah in your geographical area, then schedule everything else in your life around it. It’s that simple! :)
This is the best way to maintain your daily Salah while maintaining your peace of mind in this life and the next.
How do you maintain your Iman (Faith) after Ramadan? Be the next inspiration and comment below.
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