Some people frequent takeaways after tarāwīh, attracted by special offers. Such offers deprive them of the great treasures offered by Allāh in the month of Ramadhān. In addition, they get involved in lā ya'nī and sometimes sin and as a result throw away any spiritual benefits they had gained that day. Worse still, some people start visiting restaurants and takeaways even earlier and miss tarāwīh.

Sometimes, Ramadhān or 'Īd festivals are organised during the last ten days of Ramadhān. As a result, people waste precious moments and lose out on the blessings of the last ten days of Ramadhān. Often these events take place at the time of tarāwīh and are for sisters only, resulting in them missing tarāwīh and losing out on the opportunity to find Laylat-ul-Qadr. We should refrain from such events as they divert us from our goal during the month of Ramadhān.

At the end of every financial year, a businessman takes account to see whether he has made profit or loss. He spends great time in assessing his business strategy to make sure that the business makes profit in the coming year. He also looks at the areas which may have caused the loss. Thereafter in the coming year, he will make sure he removes these obstacles to ensure the profit is maintained or increased.

Similarly, we have also been sent into this world as tradesmen. Life and wealth are our commodities with which we strive to earn Jannah.

Verily Allāh has purchased from the believers their souls and their wealth in return for (a promise) that Jannah will be theirs.(9:110)

Therefore we should also view the year that has just passed from this same perspective and take stock of how we have spent our moments during the year. Thereafter we should plan to spend the coming years of our lives in making sure we acquire the pleasure of Allāh ta'ālā by obedience to him.

In reality, to take account of ourselves on an annual basis is not adequate. This is why the Mashāyikh have advised that a person should do muhāsabah (self-assessment) daily.

The method of making muhāsabah is to allocate time to ponder upon the actions carried out throughout the day. If good was done then thank Allāh and resolve to continue; and if sin was committed then repent and resolve to abstain from repeating the same in the future.

Imagine a jewellery box filled with jewellery. For as long as there is jewellery inside this box, the box will be kept safe and looked after. As soon as the box is emptied, the box will no longer have any value.

This is exactly the example of a hāfiz. For as long as the Qur'ān remains embedded in his heart, he will be kept safe from sins, evils, disgrace and other calamities in this world. He will also have the respect of others.