What is it that happens in Ramadhaan to make us so motivated to change our life around and how can we get that spirit back to make long lasting, sustainable changes in our life? What is it that Allah Tha'ala puts into our life to enable us to make all those changes in Ramadhaan? If we could examine that, maybe we’ll find clues to work out how we can make the Ramadhaan spirit last for more than 30 days, so we can make major sustainable changes in our life!
Ways to maintain the good habits we picked during Ramadhaan:
► Make Du’a
It was Allah Tha'ala who gave us the ability to keep the good habit in Ramadhaan, and only he can help us to maintain it afterwards. Make Du’a that Allah Tha'ala helps us not only to keep the habit, but that he accepts it and makes it a way for us to grow in closeness to him.
► Make it a Habit
If we want to keep good habits, we got to make sure that they remain as a part of our daily schedule. For instance, fasting. Our beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) encouraged fasting on Mondays and Thursdays? He said: “A man’s deeds are reported (to Allah Tha'ala) on Mondays and Thursdays and I prefer that I should be fasting when my deeds are reported.” (Hadith-Tirmidhi)
► Evaluate yourself Weekly
This helps us to see the bigger picture. We’ll be able to evaluate on a more long-term level how well we have been keeping our habits in practice. We can do the same thing on a monthly and yearly basis.
► Don’t fall apart once you make one Mistake
The beauty of Taubah (repentance) in Islam, is that Allah Tha'ala blesses us with this opportunity to return back to him after doing something wrong. We should remember that we are humans and that we will make errors. Only Allah Tha'ala is perfect.
► Ask ourself why we kept the habit
Niyyah or intention is a key to Allah Tha'ala's acceptance of our good deeds. If we developed a habit to impress others, for instance, we may be able to keep the momentum for a while, but most probably it’ll wear out afterwards.
But if we maintained a habit sincerely for the sake of Allah Tha'ala, Inshaa Allah, not only we will be rewarded for it, but our intention will help us maintain the necessary motivation to continuously doing good.
► Work your way up slowly
Aa’ishah (Radhiallah Tha’alau Anha) reported that Rasulullah (peace be upon him) said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and remember that you shall enter Paradise only through Allah Tha'ala's mercy, and also remember that the most beloved deed to Allah Tha'ala is that which is regular and constant even if it is little.”(Hadith-Al-Bukhari)
Now is the time to reprogram our life, rise up and get rid of the negativity, develop our potential, plan and execute, change and get changed, and we will become one of those who gains happiness and blessings in this life and enjoy the bliss of the hereafter, Inshaa Allah! Be sure that reform is possible, seek help from our loving Allah Tha'ala, and do not feel unmotivated or lacking in strength.
May Allah accept our fasting, our Ibaadah and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadhaan be a better one. Aameen.