Ramadan is the best month which all Muslims look forward to every year. We’re now approaching another one, so this is the best time to start preparing for its coming.
Here are seven ways to prepare for Ramadan in order to make it productive and fruitful:
With most things in life, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The same applies to Ramadan. This is the month when good deeds are multiplies and the shayateen are chained. There’s no better time for planning.
Think of how you would like your Ramadan to be. Get a planner and start writing your ideas. Check out the free Ramadan journal and planner from Ihsaan Home Academy. Having an outline of what you plan on doing makes it easier to grasp and follow through.
2. Learn about Ramadan
Learn at least the basic information that every Muslim should know, if you don’t yet know them. Be sure to know who should fast or is exempted from fasting (i.e. an sick person, a traveler, etc), what to do or not do while fasting, the du’a to say when breaking fast, what to do during the last ten days of Ramadan, etc.
‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to say when breaking his fast:
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ، وَابْتَلَّتِ العُرُوْقُ، وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ ال
Dhahaba adh-dhama’ wa abtalatil ‘urooq wa thabata al-ajr in shaa Allah
“The thirst has gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is certain if Allah wills.” Abu Dawood
3. Do voluntary fast and eat less
Voluntary fasting such as Mondays and Thursdays is a beautiful way to practice before Ramadan, its rewards are great and it’s the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
‘Aisha was narrated to have said:
“The Prophet (peace and be upon him) was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.” At-Tirmidhi
Another hadith that points out the greatness of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is the one narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” At-Tirmidhi
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4. Recite Qur’an
Although reciting the Qur’an is not only done during Ramadan, we increase it because it is the month when the Qur’an was reveal and there are extra rewards during this month. So starting right before Ramadan will make it easier for us to get in the habit of reading more Qur’an.
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion …” Surah Al Baqarah 2:185
5. Make du’a
Think of everything you would like to ask Allah during this month and write them down. If there are also some prescribed du’as from the Qur’an and Sunnah that you would like to memorize, note them down in your planner. You wouldn’t want to take extra time away from your main goals later on.
Taking notes of what you would like to ask Allah will prevent you from forgetting them once you’re in the moment.
Don’t forget to also make lots of du’as right now. Ask Allah to help you reach Ramadan safely and make it successful for you and your loved ones.
As human beings, we sin all the time, but the best of sinner are those who repent. As we ask Allah for what we want, let’s not forget to also ask for forgiveness for the errors we’ve made knowingly or unknowingly.
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7. Remove distraction
Remove anything that may distract you from focusing on your Ramadan goals. If social media usually consumes your time, take a break from it. If family and friends take too much of your time, let them know that you won’t be available during Ramadan or will have limited access. Kindly explain it to them to help them understand.
As we speak, not everyone will make it to the next day, and some won’t make it to Ramadan. We can plan, but ultimately, Allah is the decision Maker. We can only try our best and hope for the best.
May Allah make us reach Ramadan and make it successful for us all and forgive us for our sins.
(Early) Ramadan Mubarak