Welcome, Ramadan!

One sight on the new moon and our entire state of Imaan flips over. That’s the thing about Ramadan. It changes our hearts. Even when we have not fasted yet, offering the first Taraweeh prayers makes us feel good and uplifted.

However, it is quite sad that many of us are clueless about the way to spend this blessed month. We want to make the most out of it. But we cannot do so because of our lack of knowledge. Similarly, many amongst us have high spirits in the beginning. And as the month goes by, their spirits die down.

The only solution to this dilemma is to open the Quran. In it, we find guidance and the correct direction from our Lord for all affairs of our life.

Of all the commands mentioned in the Quran, the rulings about fasting are discussed comprehensively in Surah Baqarah.

“Oh, you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness.” [Quran,2:183]

The entire passage, henceforth, discusses the actions allowed during the fasting and contains the instructions for people who can’t fast. Apart from this, Allah makes an important revelation here. He provides how Ramadan is the month of the Quran. This connection between Ramadan and the Quran makes things easier for us. We can reap maximum rewards by making our Ramadan a period to reflect and recite the Quran.

It is beneficial to prepare beforehand. This gives you an idea and makes it easy for you to design a schedule for the days to come. Here is how you should Welcome Ramadan:

  1. Decorate

You are about to enter the holiest month of the Islamic Calendar. It is the time to rejoice and convey the happiness around you. You can do that by putting up decorations around your house. Tiny fairy lights, colorful banners, and cute lanterns bring a pleasant aura to your house.

This is hugely beneficial if you have kids in your household. They learn at a very young age that there is something special about these days. Decorations before the onset of Ramadan makes them excited. It serves as a visual reminder and raises their anticipation.

  1. Set Up a Countdown

You can move your calendar backward. For instance, if there are twenty days left for Ramadan, you put your calendar to 20 and keep turning the pages back until Ramadan arrives.

Or on the tenth or twentieth of Sha’aban, you can paste a note on your fridge stating the number of days left to Ramadan. As days go by, you can cross and move one number back. This way, people in the house become aware and get to know that things are going to change.

Muslim families across the globe the psychological impact of the countdown has been appreciated by many

  1. Plan the Good Deed Ramazan Schedule

As mentioned earlier, Ramadan is the month where you have to establish a connection with Allah. And that happens via good deeds.

So, make sure you prioritize tasks well. Plan the good deeds that are within your capacity. It includes Zakah, Quran, Salah, and Tasbeeh (the easiest of all):

“Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” (Muslim)

You have to be vigilant of every moment in Ramadan. To make things easier, you can create a chart of good deeds. Write all the targets you want to achieve. For example, you can write the pages of the Quran you will read each day, the sadaqah you want to do, and the portion of the Holy Book you wish to understand. If you need professional guidance, we suggest you enroll in an Online Quran Teaching Academy.

  1. Food Prep

You cannot afford to lose the precious hours in the kitchen preparing food for the iftar. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to cook anything and worship all the time. The key here is to plan efficiently.

You must prepare ahead and prepare a few dishes before the month arrives. This way, you can serve scrumptious meals to your families and sustain a strong bond with Allah, too.

Conclusion

The Holy Month is standing at the corner. It is wise if we chuck out all our worldly affairs so we can focus on worship. For a month, we have to put aside the affairs of the Dunya. It becomes easy if you look around you and reflect on how Allah (SWT) has blessed you beyond measures.

We can never repay Him. The least we can do is be grateful to Him and call out to Him in the blessed month. And eventually, we will discover our entire year will fill up with Barakah, insha’Allah

 

Get Ready for Faith Boost in Ramadan

Do you ever feel like you are losing out? Despite all the struggles, you cannot succeed. And sometimes, when you have everything, there is a void that hampers you to feel good about your life. This, my friend, is the moment when you have to reflect on your spiritual status. How strong is your connection with your Rabb?

One way of boosting this connection is to devote yourself to the Word of Allah. See how your Rabb speaks to you and what he wants from you. And the best time to refresh your Divine connectivity is in the month of Ramadan. In these blessed days, there is so much you can do to gain proximity with your Lord.

However, you cannot kickstart your journey towards Allah in Ramadan and end it as the month closes. Rather, you have to prepare in advance. The companions of the Prophet (PBUH) used to get ready for Ramadan six months in advance. If you are willing to tread on the same track, here are some measures you can take:

Make your Mind

Don’t wait until Ramadan to say goodbye to those bad habits. Instead, work on shedding them off right now. Spot your negative habits and weed them out gradually. Elevate your patience, be extra careful while conversing with people, and make sure you are not talking bad about people on their back. Apart from these, you know well which bad habit you have. Try to fix it as soon as possible.

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “All the children of Adam constantly err, but the best of those who constantly err are those who constantly repent.” (Tirmidhi)

Fast Voluntarily

Shabaan is the prime time when you can begin fasting voluntarily or make up for the missed fasts.
Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Shabaan.’

He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (Narrated by al-Nasaai)

Hence, it is a preparatory time given to believers. You will understand the challenges that await you in the next month. When you stop eating and drinking, you get to realize how there are more meaningful things in a Muslim’s life than mere satisfaction of their cravings. Besides, the reward you get for it will keep you highly motivated.

The Prophet said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me, and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” (Bukhari)

Read and Reflect on the Quran

“Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was sent down as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and to tell apart between right and wrong.” (Surah 2, Ayah 185)

Ramadan is the month of the Quran. There is no way you can achieve a spiritual uplift if you have zero bonding with this Book. Since you feel distanced from Allah and are looking for a faith boost, begin your reflection on the Quran in the month of Shabaan. Spot the areas you have to work on. If your tajweed is weak, find a teacher for it. If you feel you want to know what your Allah wants from you, begin the translation.

The point is, make an aim even if you read a single verse, and it’s worth the effort. Aishah (RA) related that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Muslim)

Therefore, you will get ample rewards at every level of your Quran learning. You can also opt for online Quran reading classes in the month of Shabaan.

Make Dua’a

As you are setting goals for Ramadan, keep making Dua to Allah. He is the One in Power. Ask Him to help you meet the month with great vigor and high levels of spirit. Also, plead Him to make you among the chosen people in the Hereafter. A solid connection with the Creator at prior is the biggest blessing you can achieve. Pray that you meet and greet the upcoming Ramadan in the best shape and health.

Conclusion

In the end, it is apt to state that Ramadan is the month we should not take lightly. It can change your life if you know how to make the most out of every moment. When your ambitions are good, Allah will eventually help you out, insha’Allah!

Have a Blessed Holy Month, and remember us in your prayers!