Author: Omotayo Yusuf SHARE ON FACEBOOK SEND VIA EMAIL Editor’s note: In this In this Ramadan series, we look out how Ramadan has shaped the life of an average Muslims and the way to live a purposeful life after Ramadan. In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful Praise be to Almighty Allah who has made us one of the people who started the Ramadan fast and are saying Alhamdullihahi for the grace to complete it. The Ramadan period has offered numerous opportunities to learn a lot about the religion through practice and sermon. It also provided a chance to walk in the path of the needy and the poor and gives one the mind-set to thank Allah for everything he has done even for the gift of life. What next after Ramadan? As Muslims, we must always remember that our core duty on earth is to serve Allah. Allah says in Qur’an 51 verse 56: And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. The lessons learn during Ramadan are not just for the holy month alone but serve as guides on how to live our lives to serving Allah. If you have suspended the consumption of alcohol, will it be wise to go for the bottle again just because Ramadan is over? If you reason for doing away temporarily with sins and vices during Ramadan is to strengthen your relationship with Allah, don’t you want that same relationship again? If you love Allah and fear him, shouldn’t you capitalise on the opportunity Ramadan has presented and start living a better and more fulfilling life? Remember that Allah who is capable of showering you with blessing during Ramadan is all powerful to keep the flow on. Remember that your actions as they affect your religious life will testify on the day of judgement and as Allah has promised, we all shall be judged accordingly. Some Muslims hold on to the wishful thought that they should “enjoy lie” a bit until they are older before they fully turn to Allah. As much as we pray for long life, no one know when the hour will come. PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android and read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app Allah says in Qur’an 31 verse 34: Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. Therefore thank Allah for everything he has done and for making you one of those who participated in this year’s Ramadan. Continue the momentum you have built during the holy month and Insha Allah, you will be rewarded accordingly. Ma Salam, Ya Ramadan (Goodbye Ramadan)