Making the most of Shawwal
May 19, 2021
Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari relates that Allah’s Messenger pbuh said: “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it will be as if he had fasted the year through.” (Sahih Muslim).
Shawwal is the Islamic month that falls directly after Ramadan, the first day being Eid ul-Fitr. Ramadan might be over, but we can still make the most of the multiple blessings and rewards that follow. Strengthening our relationship with Allah swt should be a daily habit. By continuing the goodness practiced during Ramadan, we ensure our efforts don’t go to waste the moment it is over.
We have listed a few tips to help you grow closer to Allah swt and make the most of Shawwal:
Make a list of all the habits you’d like to continue after Ramadan and the habits you wish to eliminate. Don’t stop setting targets and goals for yourself, it helps you stay focused.
A dua made by Prophet Yunus (AS) that we can all benefit from memorising is: “None has the right to be worshipped but You, glory be to You, I have been among the wrongdoers” [21:87].
Worship at night: From performing night prayers, to reciting the Quran and making supplication. Waking up before Fajr to perform Tahajjud is an excellent way of staying awake for Fajr prayers and doubling your rewards as a late night worshipper.
And finally, let’s keep praying for our brothers and sisters around the world that suffer in the face of ongoing wars and cycles of poverty.
May Allah swt accept from us and allow us to reach next Ramadan. If you found this post helpful, make sure you share with your family and friends and gain the reward of spreading goodness for others to follow!