It’s unbelievable that yet another Ramadan is knocking on our doors. Ramadan is a time to recharge our batteries, a time to repent even more than we usually do, and certainly, a time to worship more than before.
We’re human beings, so we have ups and downs, and Alhamdulillah (all Praise is to Allah), Ramadan is a time for us to catch up and strive once again to make the rest of the year better. Here are ten things we can do during this blessed month to greatly benefit.
1. Purify your intentions
In everything we do, it is crucial to purify our intentions and make sure that we’re doing it for the sake of Allah. Doing acts of worship for the sake of Allah is a condition in it being accepted.
2. Repent a LOT
We all make mistakes and sin. But, the best of sinners are those who repent often and strive to do better. Also, repentance should be sincere; from the heart. Allah knows when we’re sincere or not.
3. Forgive everyone
We’ve all hurt someone’s feelings, whether intentional or unintentional. As we would have loved for others to forgive us, we should also forgive others for the sake of Allah. Allah loves those who forgive. Better yet, we always ask Allah to forgive us, so it would make sense to also have some forgiveness in our hearts.
4. Pray on time, then add extras
Before doing any extra acts of worship, we should first improve the obligatory ones. After that, let’s add the nawafil (sunnah prayers) and work out way up.
“… And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him. And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what’s obligatory) till I love him …” Sahih al-Bukhari
5. Increase listening, reading, and memorizing the Qur’an
Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. This is the month in which the Qur’an was first revealed. So it’s the best time to increase our reading of the Qur’an. It’s also a perfect time to memorize the Qur’an. Not only would we earn rewards in abundance, it would also help us get closer to Allah. It’s a good habit to practice now and strive to carry it through the remaining months of the year.
6. Break your fast according to the Sunnah
It can be tempting to overeat before and after fasting, but it’s better to eat and drink moderately. The Sunnah is to eat one third, drink one third, and leave one third for air.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was narrated to have said, “The son of Adam (a.s.) does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink, and one third for air.” At-Tirmidhi
We should also learn the du’a upon breaking the fast. It is,
“The thirst has gone and the veins are moist, and reward is assured, if Allah wills.” Abu Dawud
Iftar is also a perfect time to make lots of du’as in general.
7. Invite others to iftar
You’re probably worry-free when it comes to breaking your fast with your family. Some people have no choice but to break their fast alone. A reason could be because they are studying in a different city/country than their families, they are orphans, or they are new Muslims and the only Muslims in their families. Maybe sharing food with someone for a few nights would bring them joy.
If you’re unable to do that, you could always sponsor or contribute to some iftar dinners where people gather to break their fast.
8. Give lots of charity
We should always be grateful for the blessings we have in our lives and extend it to others as much as we can. And before sharing, we should make sure that we give what we ourselves would have loved having. It shouldn’t be something unwanted and insignificant.
Also, Ramadan is a month where rewards are multiplied. Allah loves charity, so what better time to increase giving charity than in Ramadan?
” O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom …” Surah Al Baqarah (2:267)
9. Remember Allah often and make du’a (supplication)
Allah should always be remembered, but during Ramadan, it should be increased. Remembering Allah is praising Him, making supplications, repenting, and much more.
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So, let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” Surah Al Baqarah (2:186)
10. Seek Laylatul Qadr
Laylatul Qadr (the night of Decree) is a blessed night in the last ten nights of Ramadan. Rewards are multiplied during this night more than any other nights of the year.
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” Surah Al Qadr (97:3)
May Allah take us to this Ramadan successfully and help us witness many more thereafter.