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Preparing for Ramadan

When we know we are to attend a wedding, we begin to plan and prepare from days and even weeks in advance. We pay much attention to detail so that we arrive to the function on time, are dressed up smartly with clean/ new shoes, have organised a place to stay, eat carefully so as not to ruin our clothing and so on. In a similar way we prepare and plan for other important events, functions, interviews etc.

However, when it comes to approaching our Islamic duties/ obligations we do so little in advance, especially for Ramadan. For some reason we feel we can flick a switch and become great pious personalities overnight. In fact, while this may work short term, in the long term you will more likely ‘burn out’ and return to your former self or in a worse condition. Is it not true afterall that in the middle of the month Ramadan the Masjid halls during taraweeh are at half capacity to what they were in the first few days??

Therefore it is much better we prepare and plan for our deeni activity, much like we do for the dunya ones and inshallah in this manner we can make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan and remain consistent upon the a’maal we adopt.

Anyway, with Ramadan due to start soon I thought it would be good to make a list of things in preparation for Ramadan. Please leave your comments and suggestions as well, via the comments below.

  • Increase in recitation of the Quraan. If possible, complete a minimum of 1 part to daily so as to make 1 whole complete recital of the Holy Quran during Ramadan.
  • Try and perform 4 rakah (units) of tahajjud before partaking in Suhoor.
  • Learn a, or many prophetic duas in Arabic.
  • As much as one can keep Allah in your heart by doing Dhikr eg: La ilaaha illallah, Allahu-akbar, Subhan-Allah, Alhumdulillah etc.
  • Devoting more sincerity and concentration into our existing daily prayers.
  • Try and utilise the month to give up smoking.
  • For the more foul mouthed amongst us, try to refrain from swearing the whole month. Friends can help here by lightly hitting or gently reminding his/ her friend each time they swear that they shouldn’t do it. (please note, I take no responsibility for any limbs that may be broken from the above suggestion!)

A small request I make is that if a brother or sister becomes more religious simply for the month of Ramadan, then rather than shooting our mouth off, saying he/ she is a hypocrite and its only for Ramadan etc, why don’t we give gentle words of encouragement so they might continue their virtuousness even after the month of Ramadan. Why should we be so mean to taunt them about what we THINK is only temporary on their part?

If we were to step back a moment and realise that this is the last Ramadan we will see in our lifetime, how would we spend it? How many Muslims do you know of who aren’t around this year to see Ramadan?

Death we know can come to us at any time, yet we still remain so ignorant of the blessing of the time now given to us to be utilised by Allah the Almighty.

I pray Allah gives, first of all me, and all Muslims the ability to utilise the month of Ramadan and safeguard ourselves from the punishment hereafter, Ameen.

by Brother Ahmed

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12 Comments

  1. Haikal Mansor says:

    Allahamdullillah…
    I find this site very useful.
    Thanks alot brother.

  2. Dulon says:

    Good stuff…’(please note I take no responisbilty for any limbs that may be broken from the above suggestion!)’…that is so hilarious!!!

  3. Adam says:

    Just to add a point about reciting the qur’an everyday. I think we should fix a specific time for reciting the qur’an – otherwise it’s easy to just keep putting it off for later.

    Also, excellent point about praying tahhajjud before suhoor.

  4. Zafirah Coleman says:

    Thank you brother. May Allah (swt) reward you for your efforts. Amin!

  5. Zafirah Coleman says:

    Thank you brother. May Allah (swt) make it easy for you. Amin!

  6. Maryum says:

    i like your advice “why don’t we give gentle words of encouragement so they might continue their virtuousness even after the month of Ramadan.” We should appreciate good deeds. Jazak’Allah for sharing.

  7. Islam says:

    Subhan’Allah How time moves so fast. It was just like yesterday that Ramadan started, now its almost ending. Today I pray that Allah accepts from us all the Ibadah and count us among those that you have Blessed and Forgiven from your torment. Ameen. Oh Allah we have fasted for you, and you alone. Please accept our fasts Ameen.

  8. MOHD. JAMIL NOMANI says:

    SUBHAN ALLAH,

    So nice things shared by Ahmed Bhai.We will welcome Holy Month o Ramadan INSHA ALLAH…….

    AMEEN……

  9. sayed reshma says:

    Thank you brother. May Allah (swt) reward you for your efforts. Ameen!

  10. amreenmujahed says:

    Assalamulaikum.. Yes it is a good thing U have share.. May Allah fullfill urs dreams

  11. viru says:

    Its a good point to add these statement..we could follow the basic principle of holy quran in all aspects..thank you for your article..

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