Maintaining Obedience After Ramadan
The month of Ramadan is a month of education and training for Muslims. The success or failure of the training, the indication can be seen in his deeds after Ramadan. Is the worship increasing or getting slack. That’s where the assessment of the success of Ramadan.
After Ramadan, there are only two options; lucky or stumped (in piety). The fact is that there are various conditions of the piety of believers after wading through the “sea of pearls” called the month of Ramadan.
The essence of Ramadan is a special moment of “holy quarantine” for one full month, galvanizing the souls of faith to become superior, and its peak achievement is reaching the holy “honoris causa” from Allah SWT in the form of; piety.
Identical to a quarantine, quality or poor results depend on the willingness and personal seriousness of the participants. Post-quarantine called Ramadan, of course, the results are different, for each “participant”, some get maximum results, some are simple.
Eid al-Fitr is the beginning of a holy return, after all, stains, sins, and other commendable traits are cleaned in a quarantine room called the month of Ramadan. Therefore, humans should maintain this sanctity after Ramadan is over, marked by Eid al-Fitr until the next Ramadan comes. It is hoped that after Ramadan, piety is then attached to the personality of the believers, which is a relay that will give birth to positive things and elements of benefit in the life of the muttaqin (the pious). And it is in this context that the peak meeting point of Ramadan fasting worship with other worship such as hajj, zakat, and various other worship.
As a luxury vehicle, after Ramadan, humans are finished doing a total repair, or “down the engine”, it should be maintained, so as not to be damaged again in a matter of seconds, after leaving the “specialist workshop” called Ramadhan.
Qaidah Fiqh also said: “al-umuru bi maqashidiha” (the status of an act of deed is disturbed whether it is sincere or not). So, if yesterday while fasting during Ramadan without including the good (intentions) to increase religiosity after Ramadan, why bother fasting?
1. Verbal Istiqamah
The most visible and most obvious sign of a person’s istiqamah is his verbal istiqamah. Because with the straightness of the tongue, the practice of the limbs will follow.
Mentioned in a hadith from Abu Sa’id Al’Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu which was rated as hasan by Shaykh Al-Albani, he said that the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,
“When morning comes all the limbs of the body declare their submission to the tongue by saying, ‘Fear Allah regarding us because we are only following you. If you are good then we will be good. On the other hand, if you deviate, we will also deviate.” (HR. At-Tirmidhi)
During the holidays, people tend to forget and leave the usual daily activities. If this is done in a long duration of time, it can result in forgetting and being lazy to start again.
The Prophet once criticized and said, “O Abdullah, don’t be like so and so, he used to pray at night and then he didn’t do it anymore.” In Islam, there is no holiday term for the afterlife. Allah said, “When you are done with one good deed, look for another good deed.”
There are two aspects of istiqamah in obedience that need to be maintained after Ramadan, namely:
2. Istiqamah Jawarih (Board Member)
If the heart has remained in steadfastness then the other limbs will follow it. Our limbs should be kept away from all kinds of disobedience. As in the month of Ramadan we are able to withstand hunger even though food and drink are lawful, so to leave the unlawful outside of Ramadan we should be able to.
Enduring istiqamah in obedience after Ramadan is indeed hard. How not, the months after Ramadan do not have the guarantee of being shackled to Satan as during the month of Ramadan. Besides that, there is no guarantee that the door of Jannah will be opened as wide as possible and the door of Hell will be closed as tightly as during the month of Ramadan.
By Edi Purnama (Islamic Counselor)