May our steadfastness in praying as we have in Ramadan and the zeal to do other good deeds in Ramadan remain throughout the rest of the year. Otherwise, how many people are there that once the moon is sighted for ‘Eid, immediately begin disobeying Allah? How nonsensical is it that for a whole month they abstained from certain halal blessings and now that the moon was sighted begin to partake in haram acts? All the evil they had abstained from and held themselves back from for an entire month, all of a sudden now somehow becomes permissible for these people? The example of this like the cat that suddenly exposes its nails. A cat normally keeps its nails hidden in its paws, but when the cat becomes, angry, or agitated, it exposes its nails. The cat’s nails are so dangerous that it can scratch and seriously damage a person’s face. This is exactly how our nafs is too. The moment we become a little lax then know that something very wrong is about to happen. But we should know that the moment we become a bit lax and the nafs now comes out to party, the wrath and anger of Allah descend upon that nafs, i.e. Allah will disgrace that nafs. May Allah protect us from such harms.
So in this blessed night, make a firm resolution that as we have tried to stay with taqwa throughout the month of Ramadan, so too shall we try to stay with taqwa throughout the remainder of the year. As the masjid has been full of people praying, we shall try to keep the masjid as full throughout the rest of the year. As Allah has allowed us to abundantly worship Him in this month, so too shall we abundantly worship Him throughout the remainder of the year. May Allah always keep us as those that forever are His righteous, pious, worshiping servants and slaves. Aameen.