Project “Recover Ramadan”(or “Restore Righteousness”) – Step 1: Realise that your iman is in shambles
Yes, it’s me again. And I just got another idea.
Now, you might be thinking: “What’s the difference between this project and the Remember Ramadan series (which we have yet to see) and the Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tips (we’re still waiting for the Learning Arabic post!)?”
[Er..I am planning on restarting both series, insha-Allah.]
Well, firstly, there’s a difference because I say that there’s a difference. Simple.
Secondly, the difference is as follows:
1) Remember Ramadan Series (first part is coming soon, insha-Allah): That’s for us to remember what makes Ramadan…Ramadan. See?
It’s to enable us to compare Ramadan and the other months from a variety of different angles. Or at least, that was the plan.
2) The Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tips was to maintain whatever we got from Ramadan and also some ways in which we can be ready for next Ramadan, insha-Allah.
3) The Project Recover Ramadan is as the name says. Unlike the above two, this will be a step-by-step guide to help us reach the level of Ramadan (or close to it). [The first two series will support this one.]
Look, ultimately the point is not to have a good Ramadan, it’s to have a good death. We don’t know if we’ll reach Ramadan again. What we do know is that we’ll all die. It could be before Ramadan or after Ramadan. In the end, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that we strive to be obedient slaves of Allah in our lives so that we attain His Pleasure and so get Paradise.
I can do one of two things:
1) Alternate between the above three and the other posts (which may contain post-Ramadan lectures/articles, resources, etc.)
2) Alternate between the first two and the other posts (which may contain post-Ramadan lectures/articles, resources, etc.) and have the Recover Ramadan on a daily basis. It will be short (seriously) and to the point (insha-Allah), with baby steps that we can take to improve ourselves.
So, what do you think? Comments please. Do you want the first option or the second option? Is there anything that you’d like discussed?
[It’s strange. I keep asking all of you but 99% of the time, I get zero response.]
The first step towards solving any problem is to accept that one has a problem and to want to change. And that acceptance is the biggest step that one can take towards solving the problem.
Now, you might say “My iman is really high! It’s not in shambles.” If so, that’s excellent, alhamdulillah. Just two questions though: 1) Is it as high as it was in Ramadan? and 2) Do all your actions reflect this?
I’ve seen many people who don’t seem to care that they were much more religious in Ramadan. It doesn’t seem to bother them that they’ve dropped off.
That, my friends, is a catastrophe.
So, my question to you is: If your iman has dipped after Ramadan, have you noticed? Does it bother you? Do you even want to recover what you lost? Do you want to be as righteous as you were in Ramadan?
If your answer is “yes”, then you might benefit from this series, insha-Allah.