Since Ramadan is nearing and expecting a hearty welcome from Muslims, I thought I’d write and share some simple and practical advice in preparation for this blessed month.
I write the following points to remind myself and others about some important aspects in order to be ready for Ramadan.
1. Being mentally prepared is very important. The Prophet (saas) would always make Dua near to the arrival of Ramadan and say: “Oh Allah make us reach Ramadan.” Look to the time of Iftar, does it conflict with your daily schedules? If so, then try to re-arrange the timings so that there is no conflict and we do not miss out of the one of the most important moment of opening the fast when duas will be accepted. Same way look to the time of Fajr and make sure you get enough rest for work and ibaadah.
2. Lets not treat Ramadan as just another month. The importance of this month should sink in from Day 1 or the goodness of each day that passes by, will be wasted if we are not careful. It helps to analyze what you’re about to do. When you are about to start a magnificent journey of worship such as Ramadan, you must realize what you’re doing, bring to your consciousness, gather all your concentration on this, and then begin in the name of Allah!
3. All of us have bad habits. Analyze what they are? These could be backbiting, wasting time, sleeping too much, watching TV, chatting the time away online, eating too much ..etc. Let us, this Ramadan try to reduce these bad habits and increase the good habits so that after Ramadan, we will continue doing these good deeds.
4. Intention is extremely important. Intend to fast during this month and to do ibaadah. Intention is only from our heart, there is no specific words to utter. When you know the next day is a day of Ramadan and you will be fasting then that is intention enough.
5. Fasting is in obedience to Allah swt and signifies that we are believers. When Allah swt revealed the verse of fasting, He begins with, ‘Oh you who Believe’. Why? Our iman (faith) always go up and down and is never constant. When we fast, we build up our iman because it is an act of worship and this strengthens our beliefs. Fasting, as with, all other acts of obedience increases Taqwa (God-consciousness).
6. Fasting is not only about not eating or drinking. It is about guarding our eyes, tongue and our actions. The Prophet (saas) told us that perhaps a person may fast and the only thing they got out of it was hunger and thirst and perhaps a worshipper in the night and the only thing they got out of it was tiredness for staying up late.
7. The reward for reading the Quran is 10 rewards for every single letter and Allah adds as He wishes. This is the best time to read the Quran, memorize the Quran, listen to the Quran, think about the Quran, eat and drink Quran all throughout Ramadan. Ramadan is the month of Quran. In this month Jibreel (as)would descend and teach the Prophet (saas) the Quran once and in the year he passed away, Prophet Muhammad (saas) and Jibreel (as) went through it twice.
8. Allah from his mercy made the rewards of sunnah acts as fard acts during the month of Ramadan and the reward of fard acts is 70 times the reward of one fard acts in other months.
I do not want to make this email/post too long but I look forward to sharing more information in this blessed month that we are about to embark on.
So until then, lets all welcome Ramadan with open arms and embrace it will our souls.
Ahlan Ya Ramadan! (Welcome O Ramadan)
Ya Allah, let us reach it, let us complete it in the way pleasing to You, Ameen.
We ask Allah swt to increase our emaan, grant us ihsaan, bestow on us sabr, delight us in dhikr, bless us with taqwa, accept our tawbah and honor us in Jannah, Ameen
Wishing all Ramadan Kareem!
May this Ramadan be a source of blessing for you. To your success always in duniya and akhirah.