Shaikh Abdullah Ibn Ahmad al-Iryaani hafidhuhallah said:

“And in the end, we advise with having Taqwa of Allah, the Exalted, seriousness and striving in the obedience of Allah, worship, obtaining understanding of the religion, holding fast to reading, and reciting the Noble Qur’an.

Beware of four matters:

First: Beware of heedlessness, for the month of Ramadan is not a month of amusement, games, staying up at night and following Television series, and competitions. Rather it is a month of obedience and hastening to the pleasure of the Lord of the creation.

Second: Beware of being preoccupied with a large diversity and variety of food from striving in standing for prayer and increasing in the recitation of the Quran. For Ramadan is not a month to make ‘Itikaaf in the kitchen, busying with travelling and banquets. Rather, it is a month for the Muslim male and female to reach the level of one fasting and praying.

Third: Beware of being negligent at the end of Ramadan from continuing to recite the Quran, striving in supplication, and silent supplication to Allah. For verily actions depend on the end. For many people, unfortunately, are preoccupied from Layltul-Qadr and its blessing with Eid clothing, going from market to market, and exhibition to exhibition. The guidance of the Prophet is doing ‘Itikaaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and seeking Layltul Qadr in it.

Fourth: Beware of procrastination. For how many people are in heedlessness, so when month of Ramadan ends they feel remorse and loss? Then he makes contracts, promises, and covenants that if Allah allows him to reach the next Ramadan, that he will strive in Ramadan and make time for Ramadan from the beginning. When that promised Ramadan comes to him, he is in that same heedlessness and negligence. Like this, in Allah aid is sought, he is consistent in procrastination every year.

So you Oh Abdullah (male slave of Allaah), and you Amatullah (female slave of Allaah), have made many promises that you have broken, many contracts you have nullified, is it not now that you should be truthful with Allah? Is it not now that you should fulfill your covenant with Allah? Then this is Ramadan that you have reached so there is nothing upon you except to be truthful to Allah and seek His assistance in righteous actions“.

[Durus ar-Ramadaaniyyah pg. 26-27]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan