After Ramadan?

Allaah, the Most High, says “…Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha and Al-Munkar…”[1]
Imaam ibn Katheer said, “Abu Al-`Aliyah said, “Prayer has three attributes, and any prayer that contains none of these attributes is not truly prayer: Being done purely and sincerely for Allah alone (Ikhlas), fear of Allah, and remembrance of Allah. Ikhlas makes a person do good deeds, fear prevents him from doing evil deeds, and the remembrance of Allah is the Quran which contains commands and prohibitions.”
Ibn Awn Al-Ansari said: “When you are praying, you are doing good, it is keeping you away from immoral sins and evil wicked deeds and what you are doing is part of the remembrance of Allah which is greater.””[2]
Do not return back to a sinful state. Many Muslims worked very hard and accumulated many good deeds in Ramadaan. However, some of these Muslims will return to their evil ways and commits sins (openly and secretly). The effect of this will be the darkening of their hearts and that on the Day of Judgement, they will see all their deeds turn to dust! Imagine watching all the iftar food, all the dates you donated, all the charity, the taraweeh, etc. all your deeds being as large as a mountain, then turning into dust and floating off the scales….
It was narrated from Aboo Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said (which means), “When a believer commits sin, a dark spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up the sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the dark spot) increases. That is the “Raan” cover that Allaah mentions in His Book: `Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.'[3] “[4]
It was narrated from Thawbaan that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I certainly know people of my nation who will on the Day of Resurrection with good deeds like the mountains of “Tihaamah”, but Allaah will make them like scattered dust.” Thawban said, “O Messenger of Allaah, describe them to us and tell us more, so that we will not become of them unknowingly.” He (peace be upon him) said  ( which means), “They are your brothers and from your race, worshiping at night as you do, but they will be people who, when they are alone, transgress the scared limits of Allaah.”[5]
Allaah, the Most High, says ( which means) , “Leave (O mankind, all kinds of) sin, open and secret. Verily, those who commit sin will get due recompense for that which they used to commit.”[6]
Beware of even the smallest of bad deeds. It was narrated that Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said to me ( which means), “O Aaishah, beware of (evil) deeds that are regarded as insignificant, for they have a pursuer from Allaah (i.e. accountability).”[7]
Reflect on all the good work you did this Ramadaan. Think of the deeds that you found you can do consistently and brought you closer to Allaah. Plan you days, months, year, to maximize these deeds and reap their benefits
Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said  ( which means), “Take only as much as you can do of good deeds for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.”[8]

Ibn al-Jawzi made an exceptionable parable about this battle between man and Shytaan. He said in   his book (Talbees Iblees) , “The heart is like a fort that is surrounded by a wall and the wall has gates from which it can be torn down. In it lies the mind. The angels frequent that fort and next to that fort are places where the desires lie. And the devils enter into this surrounding area without being prevented from doing so. And the war exists between the inhabitants of the fort and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. The devils never stop circling the fort and looking for an opening where the guard is heedless and from where he can tear down the fort.
It is obligatory for the guards to be completely aware of all of the gates of the fort that must be guarded as well as all of its weak points from which destruction can come. The guard cannot take a break because the enemy never takes a break. A man sai al-Hasan al-Basri, “Does Iblees sleep?” He answered, “If he were to sleep we could then have a rest.”
The fort is lit by the remembrance of Allah and faith in Him. In it is a polished looking glass through which [the guardians] can then see anything that passes by. The first thing that Shytaan does is to blow smoke into the fort to make its walls black. This causes rust and damage in the fort. Sound thought repels Shytaan and remembrance of Allah cleans the looking glass. The enemy has carriages and sometimes they are able to enter the fort. The guards may come upon them and force them to leave. Perhaps they may enter due to the heedlessness or carelessness of the guards. Perhaps, due to the smoke and the rust, Shytaan enters through any way and he is not perceived. Perhaps the guard is injured by the heedlessness or is taken prisoner and led to the following of the desires. ‘
[1] The  Qur’aan, Soorah Al-‘Ankabut 29:45,
[2] Tafseer ibn Katheer, 29:45,
[3] The Qur’aan, Soorah Al-Mutaffifin 83:14
[4] Sunan ibn Maajah, Volume 5, Hadeeth Number 4,244, p. 360-361; Classed as Hasan by Haafiz Zubayr `Alee, Darussalam Publishers (English Translation), 2007
[5] Sunan ibn Maajah, Volume 5, Hadeeth Number 4,245, p. 361; Classed as Hasan by Haafiz Zubayr `Alee
[6] The Qur’aan, Soorah Al-An’am 6:120
[7] Sunan ibn Maajah, Volume 5, Hadeeth Number 4,243, p. 360; Classed as Saheh by Haafiz Zubayr `Alee
[8] Sunan ibn Maajah, Volume 5, Hadeeth Number 4,240, p. 358; Classed as Saheh by Haafiz Zubayr `Alee