Ramadan, the month of mercies and blessings, has finally passed. But the question left behind was how much we benefited from its mercies and blessings? People find the answer to this question in their worships, night vigils and prayers performed in Ramadan. But the real and living answer to this question comes in the days after Ramadan.
The majority of people forget Ramadan as soon as the Eid moon is sighted. For them, the days of Eid become days of carelessness and not of happiness. In which the punctuality of prayers and recitation of Holy Quran are lifted and the mornings and evenings are passed without the remembrance of God and supplications.
The decline in non-mandatory acts of worship after Ramadan is not so great a tragedy that naturally a person is attracted to them in Ramadan and they are expected to decrease after Ramadan. But to give up on them altogether, to dare to commit sins and to forsake one’s mandatory obligations is a sign that the goodness seen in Ramadan was a kind of seasonal fever or a form of religious fashion. It was not a result of any real spiritual feeling and faith. In the words of the hadith, such fasts were observed without faith and accountability and such night vigils were performed without faith and accountability. Therefore, these fasts and night vigils could not bring real change in man. It was a seasonal fever and a religious fashion that went away with time. If there was faith and accountability, there would be some improvement. Some new goals would have been set. Some weaknesses would have been gone away. Life would be better. So even in Ramadan, if we did not hold ourselves accountable, then at least after Ramadan check your temperature with the thermometer of faith. If it was a seasonal fever, it must have been gone. Otherwise, the warmth of faith must have improved the acts.