Beginning of a New Covenant immediately after Ramadan
All the people should begin a new covenant with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala: “And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward,” [Qur’an 48:10].
The way to fulfill the promise to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala:
1. Not to follow the advice of the devil: to put things off and begin in the coming Ramadan
2. To beware of conceit about the worship of Ramadan
3. To hasten to begin from the night of ‘Eid
4. To long for obedience, and this includes:
– To stand (in prayer) on the night of ‘Eid
– To hasten to observe the six fasts of Shawwal
Begin from today a new covenant with your Lord:
Let the new covenant be the first thing to do just after Ramadan, i.e. the last covenant with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, in which there is faith, and the feeling of the closeness to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, giving priority to love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, fear of meeting Him in the Hereafter, and standing in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. All of this would fill one’s heart with fear, lead him to work, prevent him from sinning, and hasten, with him, to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Thus, everyone should strive to have a new beginning this year just after Ramadan, namely from this hour: the negligent, the indulgent, the regretful, the weepers, the recipients of mercy, the forgiven, and so on. All should begin from this very hour. The former (the negligent) should begin with repentance and seeking forgiveness, and the latter (recipients of mercy and forgiveness) should begin with gratitude for those acts of worship, and the mercy that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has aided them to attain in those days. In doing so, perchance they would be among those about whom Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “And they will approach one another, inquiring of each other. They will say, ‘Indeed, we were previously among our people fearful [of displeasing Allah]. So Allah conferred favor upon us and protected us from the punishment of the scorching Fire.’” [Qur’an 52:25-27] , when they were in a state of fearfulness of meeting Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Hereafter, their reckoning, raising and resurrection, terrors and distresses about which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “On the Day a man will flee from his brother And his mother and his father And his wife and his children, For every man, that Day, will be a matter adequate for him.” [Qur’an 80:34-37]
Why do people not think about that new covenant with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Would that they should begin by looking at themselves, their families and children, the relations between them and their fellows, and the state of their Ummah, bearing their responsibility, and preparing an answer to the meeting of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala who says (what means): “And [mention] the Day He will call them and say, ‘What did you answer the messengers?’” [Qur’an 28:65]
As for the winners whose deeds are accepted, their covenant is gratitude to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for His mercy that He has sent down upon them, and His forgiveness that He has conferred upon them, knowing that were they to spend all their life to be grateful, this would be of no significance in comparison with it. On the other hand, the lost ones whose deeds are rejected should begin to ask forgiveness of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and fulfill their promise to Him. I mean the promise that they have not fulfilled in Ramadan, which contributed to their loss. It should be known to all people that “And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward,” [Qur’an 48:10]. This is what they should think about.
Whoever fulfills his covenant and promise to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala expects the great reward from Him.
On the other hand, whoever promises Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to obey Him and then turns back from that, his penalty is to have a seal of hypocrisy placed on his heart. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “And among them are those who made a covenant with Allah, [saying], ‘If He should give us from His bounty, we will surely spend in charity, and we will surely be among the righteous.’ But when he gave them from His bounty, they were stingy with it and turned away while they refused. So He penalized them with hypocrisy in their hearts until the Day they will meet Him – because they failed Allah in what they promised Him and because they [habitually] used to lie.” [Qur’an 9:75-77]
It is true that the ayah was revealed in relation to the hypocrites. However, it also addresses the believers who have something thereof, since the relation of the true believer with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is not like this, i.e. to promise Him and then fail in his promise again and again until a seal of hypocrisy is placed on his heart before he meets Allah The Almighty in this state. It is not right to take the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in jest. On the contrary, you should hold on to the Book with strength, and give up frivolities, keeping in mind the statement of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (which means): “So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised.” [Qur’an 43:83]
You should fear to promise Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and then fail in your promise, lest a seal of hypocrisy is placed on your heart until you meet Him, taking that fear as an impetus to drive you in your journey to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
The way to fulfill your covenant with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala:
The first thing one who decides to fulfill his covenant with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala should beware of, is the attack launched by the devil against the people of faith after Ramadan. The devils are always set free at the end of Ramadan. When it is the night of ‘Eid, the devils are released from their fetters, and their main concern is to corrupt the worshipers’ acts of worship that they have offered in Ramadan. From that night on, throughout the nights of ‘Eid, the work of the devils does not touch the perpetrators of misdeeds and sins, in so much as it addresses those who have performed their worship in Ramadan, in order to corrupt their good deeds, and return with them to their previous state of negligence, indulgence, lack of worship, distaste for obedience, and abstention from approaching Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. For this reason, you would seldom find the state of worshipers after Ramadan as good as it was during it, due to the devil’s whispers to corrupt the good deeds and dealings done in Ramadan. The ways by means of which the devil whispers differ according to the different states of the believers after Ramadan. In any case, his main concern is to prevent man from standing, striving against himself, and doing his best to proceed on the Way of Allah.