Consistency and Determination
Ramadan is now sadly coming to an end. However, we shouldn’t be leaving the person we have become this month behind. Let’s not forget one of the main purposes of Ramadan – to increase our ibadah and to re-energise and become better individuals both spiritually and mentally.
I have learned that Ramadan isn’t only for pushing bad habits away but also to allow us to start good habits that we can maintain after Ramadan.
One way to maintain these habits is by writing a list of one or two things that have been picked up in Ramadan and how you wish to maintain and improve the good habits before the next Ramadan comes round inshallah.
Aisha(RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) had a mat which he would spread in the day and make into a small booth at night to pray in it. The people found out about that and they prayed when he prayed, with the mat in between him and them. He said: ‘Do as much of good deeds as you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired. And the most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are continuous, even if they are few.’ Then he stopped that prayer and did not return to it until Allah took him (in death), and if he started to do something he would persist in it.”
Bad habits are so easy to get into compared to the good ones, yet difficult to stop them. Ramadan is a blessing as it gives us the opportunity to stop these habits and replace them with good ones; it offers us moral training. Many of us forget the purpose of Ramadan. Not eating or drinking is only the minimum requirement. We are also expected to reflect on the mercy of the month in our daily interactions and behaviors. We further break our bad habits in order to change ourselves for the better. Although this is difficult, if we are all able to stay away from the necessities such as food and water then we should also be able to refrain from these bad habits that are most probably unnecessary in our lives. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe out”
This is the month where we are developing our character which is evolved through our conscience and further maintained with consistency and determination. Habits are conditioned responses which are formed through repeating them. If one is committed and consistent, it will later become an unconscious act for them.
You could stay motivated and take on this by making duaa that Allah (SWT) helps us refrain from bad habits and maintain these good habits and accepts them. Despite the fact that Ramadan is coming to an end, inshallah we all keep the spirit of it in our soul by sustaining the good habits we have picked up this month.
May Allah give us the strength to develop our character for the next year and may he guide us and keep us on the straight path to Jannah by protecting us from bad temptations and increasing our good deeds. Ameen.
Alaa Tahar is a student and a member of the MABY Sheffield Recreational team.