To allow us to make the most of the month of Ramadan, we need to prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. Let’s move to the next level of spiritually.
The fourth pillar of Islam is Sawm (fasting) which takes place in the month of Ramadan. This month contains the most blessed of nights, also known as Laylatul Qadr, the night of power, which marks the night in which Qur’an was first revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) by Allah (SWT).
In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) mentions:
“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months”
This means that worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshiping him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months.
Take small bites – which makes it easier to memorise. Lets take time to read and memorise as much as you can.
2. Tarawih Prayer
Praying is wonderful but doing it in congregation is fantastic and more rewarding. Unless you have medical reasons, try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers
3. Forgive & Forget
Whether you are upset with your wife/husband, neighbour, family or friend, let go the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. This act is good for body and mind. Let's learn to forgive and forget.
4. Eat & Drink
Eat and Drink Moderately.
Once Iftar time hits us, we force ourselves to eat a lot to the extent that it is hard to move around. Learn self-control and self-indulgence through the month of Ramadan. As our Prophet use to say, fill out stomach with on-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space
We all make mistakes and we should always repent and make Dua to Allah SWT. Learn from your mistakes and ask Allah SWT to keep you on the straight and right path
Charity - It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which the people get up but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allah, destroy the one who withholds.’”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1374; Muslim, 1010)
Daily Zikhr ( Remembrance of Allah swt)
Dhikr can be in the form of tasbeeh (‘Subhaan Allaah’), tahleel (‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’), takbeer (saying ‘Allaahu akbar’), tahmeed (saying ‘al-hamdu Lillaah’) and other similar Adhkaar is permissible.
Tahajjud namaz which is performed during night time will result in finding a blessed rank on the Day of Judgment.
“The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness that I may forgive him?’”
9. Tech Diet
Let’s reduce the use of technology during the month of Ramadan. After Iftar, don’t waste time watching TV and roaming on websites, instead prepare yourself to pray Tarawih. We want a spiritual elevation this month of Ramadan
10. Stop Backbiting
People find it hard not to shout and backbite when someone’s upset but lets control it in the month of Ramadan and keep this bad habit away for rest of your life. Learn to live in peace and harmony