Seven Things I Will Do Enthusiastically This Ramadhan

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    Here are seven valuable tips that can help you to take full benefit of this ‘Spring of Righteousness’. It offers advice on how to steer clear of the usual errors we commit during this sacred month, preventing us from fully receiving its blessings.

    1. Embrace the essence of fasting 🤍

      The Quran enlightens us about fasting’s true purpose: “Believers fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become mindful” [Al-Baqarah:183]. Fasting serves as a spiritual discipline, encouraging adherence to Islamic teachings and inspiring a deeper commitment to observing the Shariah. Let this Ramadhan be a journey towards Taqwa, heightened awareness and devout obedience.

    2. Be spiritually active 🌿

      Ramadhan is a time of patience and sympathy with fellow humans, seeking the nearness of Allah Almighty, praying day and night, reciting The Majestic Quran and listening to it. It is described as an intercessor on Judgement Day and a means of atonement for sins. Don’t take this month as a mere ritual.

    3. Be careful with food 🍽️

      Fasting is a great spiritual exercise that helps us on our journey to the Lord, however, giving up food sometimes makes us think more about it. This is evident at iftar time; the dinner table becomes a sumptuous banquet. Moderation is the key; “Eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly Allah does not like people who waste” [Al-A’raf:31].

    4. Sleep less and more devotion 😴

      Our sleeping pattern changes as everyone gets up early for suhoor, and goes to bed late because of Taraweeh prayer. So, some people end up spending more time in bed. This month is too precious to be wasted like this. Aim to balance your rest with worship and productivity, ensuring you make the most of every blessed moment.

    5. Don’t miss Suhoor 🍎

      Make sure you wake up and eat something healthy at Suhoor time. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There is blessing in eating Suhoor; so do not skip it, even if one of you has a sip of water” (Bukhari). Engaging in this pre-dawn meal not only aligns you with the sunnah but also equips your body with the necessary energy to sustain the day’s fast.

    6. Make time for Dua 🤲🏻

      Prayer or Dua is the believer’s most powerful tool against the attacks of Satan and the ego. It is an expression of humility towards the creator and a submission of dependency on the Almighty Lord. The prayer of the fasting person is accepted at the time of breaking fast. So, take benefit of this opportunity.

    7. I’tikaf (The Spiritual Retreat) 🕌

      This is when a fasting person stays in the Masjid or women stay in their room at home during the last 10 days of Ramadhan. Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) said, “The Messenger used to retreat during the last ten days of Ramadhan, he did this regularly and after him, I do it too” (Bukhari). Also, this way you won’t miss Layla-tul-Qadr ‘The Night of Power’ as it is better than a thousand months of worship because you will already be in the house of Allah.