Remaining Steadfast After Ramadhaan
'Abdullaah bin Saalih Al-Fawzaan
Ahaadeeth As-Siyaam: Ahkaam wa Adaab (pg. 155-157)
Sufyaan Ibn 'Abdillaah (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) said: "O Messenger
of Allaah, tell me something about Islaam of which I will not ask anyone
else besides you (after that)." He said: "Say: 'I believe in Allaah'
and then be steadfast (on that)." 
This hadeeth is proof that the servant is obligated, after having Eemaan
in Allaah, to persevere and be steadfast upon obeying Him by performing
the obligatory acts and avoiding the prohibited ones. This is achieved
by following the Straight Path, which is the firm Religion, without
drifting away from it to the right or to the left.
If a Muslim lived through Ramadaaan and spent its days in fasting and
its nights in prayer, and in that month he accustomed himself to doing
acts of good, then he must continue to remain upon this obedience to
Allaah at all times (after that). This is the true state of the servant ('abd), for indeed, the Lord of the months is One and He is ever watchful and witnessing His servants at all times.
Indeed, steadfastness after Ramadaan and the rectification of one's
statements and actions are the greatest signs that one has gained
benefit from the month of Ramadaan and that he struggled in obedience.
They are tokens of acceptance and signs of success.
Furthermore, the deeds of a servant do not come to an end with the end
of a month and the beginning of another. Rather they continue and extend
until one reaches death, for Allaah says: "And worship your Lord until the certainty (i.e., death) comes to you." 
If the fasting of Ramadaan comes to an end, then indeed the voluntary
fasting is still prescribed throughout the entire year, and all praise
is due to Allaah. If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan comes
to an end, then indeed, the entire year is a time for performing the
night prayer. And if the Zakaat-ul-Fitr comes to an end, then there is
still the Zakaah that is obligatory as well as the voluntary charity
that lasts the whole year. This goes the same for reciting the Qur'aan
and pondering over its meaning as well as every other righteous deed
that is desirable, for they can be done at all times. From the many
bounties that Allaah has bestowed upon His servants is that He has
placed for them many different types of acts of worship and He provided
many means for doing good deeds. Therefore, the enthusiasm and the zeal
of the Muslim must be constant and he must continue to remain in the
service of his Master.
It is unfortunate to find some people performing worship by doing
different types of righteous acts during Ramadaan - they guard strictly
their five daily prayers in the masjid, they recite the Qur'aan
abundantly and they give in charity from their money. But when Ramadaan
comes to an end, they grow lazy in their worship. Rather, sometimes they
even abandon the obligations, both generally, such as praying in
congregation, and specifically, such as praying the Fajr prayer!
And they (even) commit forbidden acts such as sleeping over the time of
prayers, indulging in places of foolishness and entertainment, and
mingling in parks, especially on the day of 'Eed! Obtaining help from
these evils is only through the Grace of Allaah. Thus, they demolish
what they have constructed and they destroy what they have established.
This is an indication of deprivation and a sign of perdition. We ask
Allaah for His safeguarding and protection!
Indeed, these types of people take the example of turning in repentance
and ceasing from committing evil deeds as something specific and
restricted to (only) the month of Ramadaan. So they stop doing these
(good) acts when the month stops. Thus, it is as if they have abandoned
sinning for the sake of Ramadaan, and not out of fear for Allaah! How
evil are these people who do not know Allaah except in Ramadaan!
Truly, the success that Allaah grants His servant lies in the fasting of
Ramadaan. And Allaah's assisting him to do that is a great blessing.
Thus, this calls for the servant to be grateful to his Lord. And this
understanding can be found in Allaah's saying, after having completed
the favor of the month of fasting: "(He wants that you) must compete
the same number of days, and that you must magnify Allaah (by saying
Allaahu Akbar) for having guided you, so that you may be grateful to
So the one who is grateful for having fasted, he will remain upon that condition and continue to perform righteous deeds.
Indeed, the true manner of a Muslim is that of one who praises and
thanks his Lord for having been bestowed the ability to fast and make
qiyaam (night prayer). His condition after Ramadaan is better than it
was before Ramadaan. He is more ready to obey, desiring to do good deeds
and quick to implement the obligatory acts. This is since he has
acquired benefit from this prominent institute of learning. It is that
of one who fears for having his fast not accepted, for indeed Allaah
only accepts from those who have Taqwaa.
The righteous predecessors would struggle to complete and perfect their
deeds, hoping afterwards, that they would be accepted and fearing that
they would be rejected. From the reports of 'Alee (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) is that he said: "Be more concerned with having your deeds accepted than with the deed itself. Did you not hear Allaah say: 'Verily Allaah only accepts from those who have Taqwaa'?"  
'Aa'ishah said: "I asked the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) concerning the aayah: 'And those who give away that which they give (i.e., charity and other good deeds), while their hearts tremble with fear.' Are they the ones who drink alcohol and steal?" He (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "No,
O daughter of As-Siddeeq. But rather, they are the ones who fast and
pray and give in charity, yet fear that it won't be accepted from them.
They are the ones who rush to do good deeds and they are the first to do
So be warned and again be warned - of turning backward after having
attained guidance, of going astray after persevering! And ask Allaah to
provide you with endurance in doing righteous deeds and continuity in
performing good acts. And ask Allaah that He grant you a good end, in
order that He may accept our Ramadaan from us.