Three Simple ways to earn rewards even after Ramadan
The source of good deeds is the month of Ramadan. Each virtue has a higher rate of occurrence throughout this holy month. The reward for nawafil is raised to the level of the fard prayer value, and the fard worship reward is raised by a proportion of 70 times more than prayer in regular days. This month is characterised by a pure imaan and virtuous acts.
Following are three simple practices that can help us to receive blessings in our life after Ramadan:
• Building our Relationship with the Qur’an
As mentioned in Surah Al-Baqarah:
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion [2:185] ”
The Holy Quran was revealed in this month that’s why it is the most significant month than other months. Due to the significane of this month, several Muslims seek to build up their relationship with The Holy Quran by understanding its meaning and reciting it.
Moreover, we should precede our relationship with the Holy Quran even if Ramadan is over. After all, developing relationship with Allah’s words is one of the best ways to keep in contact with Allah. A person should at least recite 3 verses a day which is clearly not a very time taking task to perform.
Moreover, some people might be reluctant to recite Quran because they read more slowly and their Arabic recitation is not smooth and less fluent. However, we all should remember that Allah appreciates efforts more than perfection.
In the Hadith below Prophet (S.A.W) said:
Narrated Aisha: The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“Such a person as recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward” [Sahih Al-Bukhari].
• Encouraging two people every day
One of the best forms of Islamic charity is kindness which can be as simple as smiles. The Messenger of Allah said:
“Every good deed is charity. Verily, it is a good deed to meet your brother with a cheerful face and to pour what is left from your bucket into the vessel of your brother” [Tirmidhi]
Treating others is as important as the traditional worships we do. Keeping this in mind, a Muslim should try to be kind towards others because of its numerous benefits.
To elevate or to encourage two individuals each day can really benefit us in the long-run. A person can send an encouraging text or phone call, or a word of encouragement to a co-worker or some strange whom we meet at the grocery store etc.
A smile could appear insignificant, but let’s consider how we feel if a complete stranger gives us a sincere smile as they passed by us? We would definitely feel good and refreshing, and we can make other people feel amazing by performing simple acts of kindness.
Furthermore, we should never forget that even the small good deed, when performed with sincere intentions can take us to paradise. We can gain everything through encouraging others, and it doesn’t cost us much.
• Making a promise to donate a small amount of money to charity each week or once a month
Abu Huraira reported: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,
“Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few [Ibn Majah]”.
Small deeds are always loved by Allah, particularly deeds which are done consistently on routinely basis. Giving 50 cents a day would not lessen our bank accounts, but if we do this with correct intention it may alter our lives and bring us enormous rewards.
With the ending of Ramadan, it’s the best time to develop good habits like mentioned above. Helping a family member, relative, friend or an orphan is a wonderful way to do this. We are fortunate that many Islamic charities have put processes easier connecting with orphans or needy people.