Why is Ramadan a fresh start? Start for what?
I was watching a video online talking about Ramadan when, Subhanallah, I heard this new perspective.
Enter Ramadan as if it’s the beginning of the year! How so?
We all know that Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic/Hijry Calendar. However, you’ll discover after reading the following Hadith that Ramadan is the real beginning.
The messenger of Allah peace be upon him said about Sha’ban:
“That’s a month the people neglect it between Rajab and Ramadan, and in that month- Shaban- the people deeds are raised to the Lord of mankind, so I love to be fasting, while my deeds are raised”
At the end of the year, all what you’ve done in that year, all the deeds are raised to Allah. That’s exactly what happens in Sha’ban.
While at the beginning of every New Year, you start to make up your plans for the whole year. You plan to stop bad habits. Probably, you’ll plan to stick to new good habits and you decide your goals for the rest of the year.
Now, I think you started to get my point. Yes, a new year’s resolution. And that’s what happens in Ramadan.
In Ramadan, You are facing so many challenges with yourself:
First: The challenge of not eating or drinking or having intercourse from dawn to dusk.
Second: Training yourself to do Qiyam every night and probably in Jama’a. Also; you try to stop doing sins as much as you can.
This is a month of blessings and great rewards that’s why you’ll find that everyone including you are racing to reach a higher “Thawab” and to please Allah in every possible way.
With this new perspective we reach a conclusion which is; every Ramadan you will try to add a value that will last with you for the whole year! This value can be a new good habit you’ll start developing and Ramadan will be your starting point. It also can be stopping a bad deed/sin that you were doing.
Enter Ramadan with a new mind-set; think about how you want to change yourself to the better.
Ramadan; a fresh start! And with a fresh start you’ll need a fresh heart. A sound heart.
“The Day when neither wealth nor children will benefit, except him who brings to Allah a clean heart “[Ash-Shu’araa’ 26:88-89]
Q: How to get a clean heart?
A: Making Tawbah.
Tawbah means returning back in repentance to Allah, regretting your sins & feeling remorse for your sins.
The prophet peace be upon him said: “Remorse is repentance.” [Ibn Maja (4242) and Ahmad (3387)]
He also said: “The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.” [Ibn Maja (3240)]
Tawbah has simple conditions as following:
1. Sincerity: Put in your intention that you are doing Tawbah for Allah’s sake only.
2. Remorse for the sin you have done and feel guilty: The Prophet, peace be upon, said: “Feeling regret is repentance.”
3. Verbally ask Allah to forgive you: We have many Duaa (prayer) for forgiveness in Qur’an & Sunnah. Ex: Rabby Ighfir lee. Meaning; O Allah forgive me.
4. Give up the sin: As much as you can try to stop doing the sin. If you failed and returned to the sin, return back to Allah again. Perform Tawbah and repentance again. Ask Allah for forgiveness again and again. Never stop!
In addition; If the sin involves someone else’s right then you should ask him to forgive you & make it up for that person as well.
5. Determination: not to return to that sin again. This shows that you really regret doing the sin.
6. Repentance on the right time: In the Hadith: “Allah will turn towards anyone who turns in repentance before the sun rises from the place it set.” [Muslim]
Now, let’s get practical with some tips for a fresh start AKA New Year’s resolution:
- Repent and make Duaa that Allah helps you to do so.
- Start a new good habit.
- Start adding a new good deed (worship).
- Stop a bad habit. see Give up bad habits
- Recite istighfar as much as you can.
- Follow your bad deed with good deed. Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him: “do good deeds after doing bad ones, the former will wipe out the latter”
- Stay away from things that waste your time and replace it with productive things.
- Keep yourself busy with useful things.
- Everyday workout for at least 10 minutes. (Healthy body)
- Reading one page of Qur’an everyday. (Healthy soul)
- Stop waking up late or wasting time on social media!
- Reflect daily on your actions and repent before going to bed.
That’s it for today. I hope this was of any benefit to you.
I pray that Allah accepts our good deeds & forgives our sins.
Ramadan Mubarak to all of you <3