Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha il-lAllaah, Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar, Wa Lil-laahil-hamd

(Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest,there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is the Greatest and to Allaah be all praise)

Keeping the Ramadan Spirit after Ramadan

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 year.
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!
Think Ahead

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 the Mosque.
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.
Final Tips

·         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.

·         Concentrate on what you want in this world instead of fearing the things you don’t want.

·         Surround yourself 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

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