As the blessed and beloved month of
Ramadan is coming to an end it is our duty as Muslims to try our best to
maintain the good habits we have formed during Ramadan throughout the rest of
the year. During Ramadan more people start reading more of the Quran, giving
more charity, performing more prayers, and of course, fasting during the days.
Overall, Ramadan is a time when many Muslims are very motivated and race to do
good deeds seeing the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t). However, many people have difficulty maintain
these good habits after Ramadan. This post is a humble attempt to provide some
basic tips to help maintain the spirit of Ramadan throughout the rest of the
Importance of Purpose
In order to create positive long lasting changes in your life you
need to have a strong purpose which will Inshallah motivate you continue doing
good deeds. We as Muslims know that we were created to worship Allah (s.w.t) so
our purpose should always be linked to gaining the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t).
once you have a clear purpose and know that whatever you are doing is to gain
the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t) you can ensure that the changes you are making will
last throughout your life. This is how the Sahabah ( companions of the Prophet
(saws) made changes and how we can make changes!
You need to think about your future
and think specifically about what you want to achieve both in this world and in
the Hereafter. Many people just do what their family or society in general
wants them to do but you should do what you are interested in as long as it is
within the boundaries accepted by Islam. This way you’ll be more passionate and
more committed. The Sahabah actually visualized who they wanted to be and how
they wanted to live their lives. Likewise you can visualize who you want to be,
what you want to accomplish and what you want to be remembered for.
Nowadays many people have the
intention to bring positive changes in their lives yet they ultimately fail to
do so because they get distracted by unnecessary things. These include
constantly browsing the internet and keeping up with social media such as
Facebook. If you really want to turn your life around and make positive changes
you will need to limit the time you spend on such distracting activities. For
example, if you have a smart phone make sure to turn it off or somehow distance
it from yourselves when you are praying, reading the Quran, or spending time at
Create a Plan
Once you know your purpose and you
have set your goals create a plan on how to achieve these goals. Start out by
setting your one year goals and then break them down to monthly goals and then
to weekly goals. By doing so you can keep track of your progress and work towards
meeting your goals. Life is full of setbacks so be prepared for these. When you
come across tough times just put your trust in Allah (s.w.t) and review your
goals if necessary look for another route towards achieving your goals.
Prioritize your goals and if you are trying to get rid of a bad habit try to
find an alternative to replace it with.
Work on improving
all areas of your life including both this world and the Hereafter. Of course,
you should never compromise the Hereafter for this world.
what you want in this world instead of fearing the things you don’t want.
with those who think positively and distance yourself from negative people.
Make lots of duas
to Allah (s.w.t) for help and strength and Inshallah you will be successful.
Source: Coach Amal