The blessed month of Ramadan gives us tremendous opportunities to seek forgiveness and ask for Allah’s mercy. Special prayers and excess charity become a norm in many households. However, once Ramadan comes to an end, some people go back to their old ways of skipping a few prayers, or delaying them and committing sins without a second thought.
Creating a Habit of Fasting After Ramadan
While the blessed month of Ramadan comes to an end, we can continue to engage in the beautiful ‘ibadah (act of worship) of fasting.
In the month of Ramadan, we have a crucial choice to make: you can have a year like any other, or you can achieve ultimate happiness and success. How? Decide to live in the true spirit of Ramadan – all year round.
What is preventing us from living everyday with the same level of spirituality, self-control, and productivity we reach in Ramadan? Productivity, applied in an Islamic context, has a different, complete meaning. It implies living our lives in a manner that not only benefit us while we are in this earth, but that, by the mercy of Allah (glorified and exalted be He), will allow us to enter Paradise. Usually bad habits hinder us from that and Ramadan is our opportunity to break that downward spiral, to bring change to our lives, and alter every dimension of our being.
So, how can we maintain good habits?
I feel compelled to put this together because I’ve seen the following boo-boos happen for years. Insha Allah, you can help me spread the word by sharing this article with your community, friends and family.
What is Zakat ul-Fitr?
Think “Iftar”, Zakat Ul-Fitr is the charity that we pay at the end of Ramadan. Here is the foundational hadith that establishes the obligation of Zakat ul-Fitr:
Ibn `Umar reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam), made Zakat al-Fitr compulsory on every slave, freeman, male, female, young and old among the Muslims; one Saa` (a measurement: four double handfuls) of dried dates or one Saa` of barely. [Sahih Bukhari - Arabic/English, vol. 2, p. 339, no. 579]
To understand Zakat ul-Fitr, here is a good summary of it.
But unfortunately, our community makes some basic boo-boos in the payment of Zakat Al-Fitr that must be clarified.