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September 12, 2010

Lecture: Everlasting Ramadan

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

I finally figured out the difference between Ramadan and Shawwal.

You know what it is?

It’s mostly our perspective.

“Mostly” because it is a bit easier to do things in Ramadan with the devils locked up and all. However, I don’t think that this is the main reason why we can get so much done in Ramadan.

The reason is very simply because we tell ourselves that we can do it and we aim to do it. And guess what? We do it.

People that think that it is Ramadan that makes them good. Perhaps it’s  just that they decide to become good in Ramadan?

It’s as simple as that. In Ramadan, we stop making excuses. However in the other 11 months….

Don’t believe me? Okay then, try it. Try to give yourself a few days where you behave like you did in Ramadan. Tell yourself that you HAVE to do it.

Guess what? You’ll see that your level will come close to your Ramadan level, insha-Allah. Perhaps it may even exceed it.

What will that prove, you ask?

It will prove that you don’t need to be in Ramadan to be a righteous servant of Allah. You can be that way at any time of the year.

[And if you think about it, you’ll realise that’s the whole point of Ramadan anyway: to show us that we can be righteous.]

So, that’s all we need: a little change in perspective.

Here’s a short reminder about this issue:

Everlasting Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi

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