Ramadan – Crash & Burn

Driving at 100 km/hr and not seeing a speed breaker means scrambling for the brake and bracing for a crash.

With Ramadan, most of us are speeding in our spiritual course at supersonic speed. Our adhkar, tilawat, duas and nawafil, unlike anything we do the rest of the year…

As Ramadan nears an end, most do not slow down rather pick up pace to maximize on the last ashra. But as we press down on the accelerator, we are taken unawares by a huge speed breaker ahead. And most of us catapult and crash. All our Ramadan fervor burns and goes up in a cloud of smoke.

The speed breaker is Eid.

After waking up for Fajr for a month, some of us sleep in on Eid. After a month of giving our digestives systems a rest, we stuff our faces with food till we have to reach our cupboards for Hajmola. We spend the whole day in merrymaking till we drop in our beds exhausted, not having said even two nafls after a month of praying 20 rakah of Taraweh. 

So if we do not want to crash and burn, we must brace for the speed breaker, slow down and transition gradually through Eid into post Ramadan life. That does not mean we do not do our fervent ibadah in the last ashara, but we plan our ibadah through the 3 days of Eid. If we were reciting a Juzz a day, identifying the time for reciting 1/4th juzz on Eid day, a time for making dua (maybe with Asr namaz) and 2 nafls (with maghrib) and a tasbih of our favourite Zikr. 

Ramadan shows us the speed at which we can live an Allah-conscious life. But what’s the point of discovering the potential and then discarding it? We may not be able to live at the beautiful speed of Ramadan, but at least at 70%. 

Ramadan also shows us that aligning our life with the presence of Allah is easier when the whole environment is conducive. Exactly the impact of a state where Shariah is implemented in entirety. It makes doing good and abstaining from the wrong easier. Most of us feel spiritually and emotionally alleviated during Ramadan, so imagine living such a life each day. 

As Ramadan draws to a close, let us carve a time out each day to carry the barakah of Ramadan into our personal as well as our collective lives, and drive through Eid with an ibadah-plan so we do not crash and burn the speed of Ramadan which we spent 30 days to build up.