Post Ramadan Reflections
So I know Ramadan is over now, but for a lot of us the calming, beneficial and reflecting sensation we gained still remains with us. Ramadan is the month we really dive into our deen spiritually and we’re able to focus. Some of us try to make a change during this month and some of us try to reconnect.
This year I wanted to create a way to give myself reminders to reflect on daily. So for every day of Ramadan, I took a quote or verse from the Quran, wrote it on my son’s cloud blackboards and posted it on my social media. This helped me to understand the verses, reflect on them and most of all, put some of them into action.
Here are some of the Ramadan reflections I made, I hope you enjoy them and I hope they also become a source of reminders and reflections for you too.
So let not this present life deceive you. (Surah Fatir verse 5)
Sometimes we easily get caught up in the race of this dunya but let’s take a step back and remind ourselves of our true destination.
“Allah is with those who are patient” Surah Al-Baqarah 2:249
We are constantly tested in our lives by Allah. Sometimes it’s with the things that we care about the most. We want change to come and happen so quickly and for our situations to improve but we need to be patient. All good things happen in good time and when Allah wills for it to happen. So let’s be patient because “Allah is with those who are patient.”
Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear (Surah Al-Baqarah v286)
When we feel like everything is getting too much, let’s remember that we’re never burdened with more than we can bear. Allah wants us to turn to Him for guidance and help, so when we feel like we cannot bear any more, let’s turn to Allah.
My success is only by Allah. In Him I trust, and unto Him I look. (Quran 11:88)
When we succeed in something, as much as we have used our talents and hard work, success will only happen for us if Allah wills. When we have trust in Him that only He can help us succeed, that’s when everything will fall into place.
Do they not see the birds controlled in the atmosphere of the sky? None holds them up except Allah. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe. (Quran 16:79 Surat An-Nahl)
Subhan’Allah, we look around us and see all of the wonderful creations Allah has created. From the beautiful colours we see in the sky to the flowers that bloom year after year at their appointed time. And they all serve a purpose, every single one of them. May Allah help us to always look at these beautiful creations and know that we also serve a purpose.
Indeed my Lord is the hearer of supplication – (Quran 14:30)
Ask for what you need, beg for forgiveness, He is listening.
Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established. (Quran 14:41)
Ameen, ameen, ameen! May Allah forgive us all and help us to not return to what we have been forgiven for.
Did he not realise that Allah is watching? (Al-Alaq-14)
He is watching, when we do good and when we do the not so good. Behind closed doors and out in public, He knows what is in our hearts and what our intentions are. Let’s remind ourselves to keep our intentions pure and do good even when it’s hard because Allah is watching.
And say: “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (Quran 20:114)
We are never too old to learn. No matter how many years we have been studying for and how much we have learnt, we are never too knowledgeable to seek more knowledge. There’s always something new to learn in our deen. May Allah make us amongst those who are always open to seeking more knowledge.
My mercy embraces all things (Quran 7:156)
The most gracious, most merciful. We can always rely on Allah, especially when we need his mercy. When we ask for forgiveness and need compassion, He responds without fail. May Allah help us to always turn to him in our time of need.
Indeed He does not like the proud. (Quran 16:23)
We should always be humble in the way we live our lives. When we achieve something, when we finally get what we have been working hard for or even with material things we have, we should try and stay humble. It’s good for us to give praise where praise is due, to Allah, and to not have pride.
Indeed the patient will be given their reward without account – (Surah Az-Zumar 39:10)
It’s so beautiful to know that our patience will pay off. Even when we’re finding it the most difficult to do so, remembering that we’ll be given reward without account makes it so much more worthwhile!
And speak to people kindly. (Quran 2.83)
The way we speak can really affect people sometimes. Especially if the thing we’re saying isn’t so nice. There’s always a way to say something to a person, especially if we want to give them advice, say it in a nice way. Being harsh sometimes isn’t the answer. May Allah help us to always reflect on the way we speak and strive to keep it kind.
And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient. (Quran Al-Baqarah)
We will always get tested by Allah, and sometimes it will be with the things that affect us the most. And sometimes it will be the things that mean the most to us, but we should stay patient. Our test is to remind us to return to Him and that only He can help us in our time of need. Allah rewards the ones amongst us who remain patient.
Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing. (Quran 29:45)
Prayer can only benefit us. It’s an important part of our daily lives and helps us in ways we cannot even imagine. Increasing our prayer can only be good for us. May Allah help us to keep steadfast and sincere in our prayers with qushoo.
Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account. (Surah Az-Zumar)
At a stressful and difficult time our duas and prayers are so important. May Allah help all of those who are going through hardship and grant us patience to be able to get through it.
“And do not let your dislike of a people lead you to be” unjust” (Quran 5:8)
Look at the wisdom of this verse. We should still be dealing with people and situations justly, even if we aren’t particularly keen of them. May Allah help us to always be just.
And He found you lost and guided you. (Adh-Dhuha 93:7)
When we feel lost, when we feel like there’s no one to turn to remember Allah is always there. Only He can guide us to the right path and guide us to the decisions we need to be making. The last 10 nights of Ramadan are here so lets utilize it and make as much dua as possible.
So whoever does an atoms weight of good will see it (Al-Zalzalah verse 7)
SubhanAllah, even doing an atoms weight of good will benefit us. Imagine doing masses of good and doing it constantly, imagine how much we can benefit from that and how much we will get in return. Doing good always leaves a good feeling inside you. May Allah help us to keep wanting to do good. Because having the right intention is where it all starts.
“My Lord, build for me near You a house in paradise.” (Quran 66:11)
May Allah grant us a house near Him in Jannah, this is my dream. May he accept it for us all.
The Day when there will not benefit (anyone) wealth or children, But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart. (Surat Ash-Shuara 88:89)
On that Day, nothing we have will matter. Nothing we have worked for in this Dunya will matter. Our money, our lavish lives, our status, the way we look or our fancy items, none of it. All that will matter is our good deeds, will it outweigh the bad? Allah knows what is in our hearts, may He help us to increase the good and decrease the bad.
“He knows what is in every heart” (Quran 67:13)
He knows what we conceal and what we reveal. It’s important for us to keep our intentions pure and to do things for His sake. Especially when it’s really hard to do the right thing, Allah knows what’s in our hearts, so doing it for His sake will only benefit us.
O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. (Surah Al- Ahzab ayah 41)
“Remember Me and I will remember you”. May Allah help us to always remember Him. Allah loves those who remember Him and strive to keep doing so. We can remember Him through our dhikr, our regular prayers and even through what we do every day, by making sure we do everything for His sake.