EMPAT PESAN UNTUK ALUMNI RAMADHANADVICES FOR AFTER RAMADAN

Sewaktu Ramadhan pergi, seakan ia berpesan kepada semua alumninya agar memegang teguh janji (adab) sebagai ikatan persahabatan sejati yang pernah terjalin. Paling tidak, ada empat pesan penting yang ia titipkan kepada kita jika betul merasa sedih saat kepergiannya dan rindu menanti kedatangannya.

Pertama, tetaplah lapar (al-juu’un). Lapar memang sengsara membawa nikmat. “Wa maa ladz-dzatu illa ba’da ta’bii” (tiada kelezatan kecuali setelah kepayahan). Apa maknanya? Yakni, meneruskan kebiasaan tak makan pada siang hari dengan menjalankan puasa sunah, seperti enam hari saat Syawal, puasa Senin-Kamis, apalagi puasa Nabi Daud, sehari lapar sehari kenyang.

Mengapa lapar itu penting dijaga? Karena, hanya orang lapar yang mengerti arti sesuap nasi. Jika ia makan, tak pernah bersisa walau sebutir. Makan yang nikmat adalah ketika lapar. Tetaplah lapar karena lapar membuat badan sehat dan enteng, pikiran cerdas dan hati lembut, serta mudah berempati kepada derita sesama, lalu senang bersedekah kepada yatim dan dhuafa.

Kedua, tetaplah haus (al-‘athsun). Semakna dengan lapar, ia juga derita, tetapi melahirkan kelezatan. Minum yang nikmat ketika haus. Maka, berhaus-hauslah pada siang hari (puasa) agar enak minum pada sore hari (berbuka).

Ketika air banyak berlimpah, kita sering membuang-buangnya seakan tak berdosa, padahal itu mubazir (QS 17:26-27). Lalu, kapan air baru berharga? Ketika kehausan atau kekeringan melanda karena kemarau panjang, seperti yang terjadi saat ini. Orang yang haus akan menghargai segelas air dan jika ia minum, tak bersisa walau setetes. Orang puasa akan menghargai, menjaga kebersihan, dan kejernihannya. Mereka tidak akan mengotori, mencemari, atau merusak lingkungan.

Ketiga, tetaplah bodoh (al-jaahilun). Orang yang merasa bodoh tak berprasangka macam-macam kepada orang lain. Mereka polos menjalani kehidupan dan sadar akan kekurangan dirinya, lalu terus belajar (QS 58:11). Orang yang merasa bodoh itu pertanda tahu bahwa ia tidak tahu (rajulun yadri annahu laa yadri). Tapi, orang yang merasa tahu, pertanda tidak tahu bahwa ia tidak tahu (rajulun laa yadri annahu laa yadri).

Orang yang merasa tahu semua hal sebenarnya tidak ada apa-apanya dan itu merupakan kesombongan. Meski sudah banyak belajar, mengkaji, meneliti, mendengar tausiah, tetaplah merasa bodoh (murid). Tanda orang berilmu itu menyadari bahwa yang diketahuinya lebih sedikit daripada yang tidak diketahuinya (rajulun yadri annahu yadri). Yang paling berbahaya adalah orang dungu, yakni tidak tahu bahwa ia tidak tahu (rajulun laa yadri annahu laa yadri).

Keempat, tetaplah rendah hati (tawadhu). Walaupun sudah banyak ilmu yang dipahami, sedekah yang ditebarkan, kearifan yang didapatkan, kenikmatan spritual yang dirasakan, tetapi tetaplah rendah hati.

Penyakit orang kaya dan orang berilmu itu keangkuhan. Hanya sedikit orang kaya rendah hati, yakni yang dermawan. Sedikit pula orang berilmu rendah hati, yakni yang saleh. Setinggi apa pun pun pangkat, sebanyak apa pun harta, seluas apa pun ilmu, sehebat apa pun pencapaian, tetaplah rendah hati. Karena, keangkuhan adalah awal dari setiap kejatuhan.

Pesan-pesan ini saling berkaitan satu sama lain. Keempatnya adalah kesalehan indvidual yang berbuah pada kesalehan sosial. Itulah mukmin sejati, yakni al-Muttaqiin (orang-orang bertakwa). Allahu a’lam bish-shawab.

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We are back into our normal routine lives after Ramadan. We all performed such great deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan which we could not do in normal days. Most of us kept fasts for the whole month of Ramadan, many completed the Holy Quran recitation and wake up during nights for prayers (Qiyam-ul-layl). We gave huge donations and Sadqa while some of us tried to achieve the Lailatul Qadr(night of Decree). We have beautiful memories associated with this blessed month and we feel sad for the departure of Ramadan. Now the Question is DOES YOUR RAMADAN END WITH EID??? Now as the month of Ramadan passed away many people might be thinking that what’s after Ramadan? Here are a few post Ramadan advices on how one should remain steadfast after Ramadan. Allah says in the Quran:

“Verily, those who say, ‘Our Lord is (only) Allah, and thereafter stand firm and straight (upon Islam), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. Such shall be the dwellers of Jannah, abiding therein (forever), – a reward for what they used to do.” (46:13,14)

Post Ramadan Advices:

1. First of all try to find out that have you gained maximum benefit from the month of Ramadan. If one has emerged as a better Muslim after Ramadan and remains steadfast even after Ramadan then this is the sign of success and acceptance that you have attained more Taqwa from the blessing month of Ramadan this year .

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“And worship your Lord until the certainty (death) comes to you.” (Quran, 15:99)

2. During the whole month of Ramadan, we tried our best to worship most and avoided sins as much as possible. Now as the blessed month has ended we think that we have done our best during Ramadan and now we are free to do whatever we want. We want to take some rest and while doing so we get engaged in sins that were easily avoidable during Ramadan. The spiritual energy we have collected during Ramadan should follow us for the rest of the year rather than vanishing.

3. The mosques that are usually jam packed during Ramadan because of Prayers and Taraweeh are now found empty. The most important thing are the Prayers and we should pray five time in congregation. We should not abandon the obligatory prayers after Ramadan and strive hard to pray five times daily in Mosque.

4. Reciting Holy Quran is often related with Ramadan only. We should recite Holy Quran and ponder upon its meaning as much as we can even after the blessed month.

Narrated from Abdullah ibn Masood, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “The Quran is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [At-Tabaraanee]

5. If the fasting in Ramadan has ended then there are still volutary fasts left. Espacially the fasts of Shawwal as fasting for six days in Shawwal is equivalent to one year fasting. Also the Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.

6. If giving Zakat during Ramadan has ended then there is still time to give Saqda (voluntary charity) as good deeds are not restricted till Ramadan only.

We can perform righteous actions and deeds at any time of the year. Do not restrict yourself to perform them in Ramadan only. Let us ask Allah to accept our worship during Ramadan and give us strength to be a better Muslim even after Ramadan.

Source: http://www.alquranclasses.com/post-ramadan-tips-advices/

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