RAMADHAN IS GONE… HAVE WE CHANGED OURSELVES? By ARIF MOHAMMED


It is with the mercy of Allah that we have passed by sacred month of Ramadhan, wherein we have refrained ourselves from eating, drinking days which is not a usual habit of ours during the other days of the year. Apart from that we have strived to refrain ourselves from other things which nullifies our fast. We adhered to the most unsual times of eating and drinking i.e Sahoor and Ifthaar.
 If we think for a moment why did we do choose this unusual times of doing things-
was it because all of the muslims were doing it;
was it that our families and friends were doing it;
was it to please Allah(swt) and attain Taqwah;
was it that what will people say if I don’t fast.
The following verse from the Quran says : O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may achieve Taqwah.
(Al –Baqarah: Verse 183).
Now, we can very well understand which of the above mentioned options does Allah wants from us.
If we closely analyse ourselves, we must be having a very small habit which is wrong  - mite be a word that you utter often – a commonly used words like Teri Jaath ka….., Zyada Samajhme aa raha hain kya.. etc ; a way of doing thing- could be the way you perform Wudhu(ablution), actions during your salaah. It may or may not be known to your closed ones. But you know that I am doing a certain thing not the right manner. These might be one of the things or there possibly could be other things which one might have, which has become a normal thing and we have got habituated to it.
We come to know that we have become a slave to the habit of ours only during Ramadhan. This course of changing our habits and doing things which we are commanded by Allah(swt) makes us more Allah fearing. Just before uttering those words or just after we utter those words we come to know that we are fasting and we ask Allah to forgive us. Similarly any actions that we did while we were fasting and we ask Allah to forgive us. Why did we not eat even when we were hungry, why did we not drink even when we were thirsty. It should be because Allah has commanded to do so. This intention should be there with us not only during Ramadhan but also during the other days of the year. Whenever we do anything, we must analyse who are we doing it for.. think for a while and do it not to please anyone but please Allah(swt). It could be a simple thing of giving Sadaqah, or it could be you praying Withr Salaah. Think who are you doing it for are doing to please someone praying with us or to please Allah(swt).
In one of the narrations of Prophet(pbuh), where Jibreel (A.S) asks prophet (pbuh) what is Ihsan and the reply Prophet(pbuh) gives is : Ihsan means to worship Allah as if you see him, if you cant see Him, surely He sees you.
After Ramadhan you have the chance to change your personality completely. To take out the love of the world from our hearts and prepare for the aakhirah, we should take the advice of Prophet(pbuh) seriously.

Prophet(pbuh) is reported to have said: "Remember very often the cutter-off of all pleasures, that is death."{Imam al-Tirmidhi, al-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah and the Ahmad}.
Hazrat Bilal bin Masood and Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radiallaho Anho said, “O People! You are not created for being destroyed”.
Hazrat ibn Umar Radiallaho Anho says, “This world is paradise for the non-believers (they are engaged in their worldly desires and aspirations). This world is a jail or prison for the faithful (momins). They are bound by the laws of Shari at in every matter. Therefore, when the soul of a momin leaves his body (at the time of death), it is as if a captive has been freed from the cell. He cleans himself by turning in the dust.
In another narration The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "You should visit graves, because they will remind you of the reality of death."(Muslim)
There are several other narrations of our prophet(pbuh) where he showed us the way to achieve the best of this Life and Aakhirah.
Find out ways to improve your relationship with Allah, offer your Salaah on time.
 Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah (RAA) Rasulullah  said: The similitude of five prayers is like an overflowing river passing by the gate of one of you in which he washes five times daily. Hasan said: No filthiness can remain on him. (Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith # 1411).
 Find time to read Quran with Understanding..
Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud radhiyallahu anhu narrates that The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: "Whoever reads one letter of the Quran receives the reward of one good deed. And one good deed is multiplied ten times.
 Listen to Authors like Farhat Hashmi, Nouman Ali Khan, Muhammed Salaah, Salem Al Amry, Asim Al Hakem and several others who have so much to offer for us from Quran, Saheeh Hadeeth’s, Fiqh etc..   Spend your time in something which would benefit you in the Aakhirah. Leave  habits that are of no benefit to you in Aaskhirah, habits like watching movies, Listening to music etc. Just leave it. Get closer to Allah as much as you can, make your way to improve your Aakhirah.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah [S.A.W.W](P.B.U.H) said, "Allah says: `I am just as My slave thinks of Me when he remembers Me.' By Allah! Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than one of you who unexpectedly finds in the desert his lost camel. `He who comes closer to Me one span, I come closer to him a cubit; and he who comes closer to Me a cubit, I come closer to him a fathom; and if he comes to Me walking, I come to him running".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Change, Change, Change for the sake of Allah. Allah will open up the pathways for you.