Ramadan Preparation :
Ramadan Preparation : 🌙 Ramadan isn’t just for the pure ones, it’s for the broken ones, the ones who have found themselves so far from faith, the ones who have forgotten the beauty of Islam. It’s for everyone, to find themselves in this beautiful month, to let go of what’s keeping them from seeing the real beauty of this religion. And even if it’s only for 30 days, I pray that your soul is deeply touched by its beauty.
7 Tips on Preparing for Ramadan
1. Repent sincerely & continuously
Continuously say ‘Astaghfirullah’ whilst you’re walking, cooking, falling asleep etc. Make it a habit until it rolls off your tongue!
2. Refrain from those little everyday unnoticeable sins
Ramadan is a chance to leave those bad habits which we are so used to doing that we sometimes don’t even notice. Make a list of all the bad habits you need to leave before Ramadan and start working on them beforehand. When Ramadan comes, in-sha’-Allaah you will find it easy to leave those bad habits.
3. Replace bad habits with good habits
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fear Allaah wherever you may be; follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe (the former) out, and behave good-naturedly towards people.”
Good deeds wipe out bad deeds. Start with the small things such as reviving small sunnahs in your life – reading all the masnoon du’as. Begin praying the Sunnah and Nawafil prayers if you don’t already do so, give a small amount of charity often. Hopefully doing more good deeds will help you leave bad habits.
4. Make lots of sincere du’aa
Never underestimate the power of du’a. When you raise your hands to Allaah, you are having a one-to-one personal and emotional conversation with your Lord. What an incredible opportunity Subhan Allaah!
Ask Allaah to give you the ability to change for the better and allow you to use Ramadan in the best way possible so that you become nearer to Him.
5. Seek knowledge. Act on it. Share it. (Ramadan Preparation)
Abu Hurairah (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allaah, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allaah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.”
Seek knowledge about fasting before Ramadan so you ensure you are doing your fasts properly. Find out which things invalidate your fast and other things related to it. You will be rewarded for every second you spend in acquiring knowledge.
6. Schedule Qur’an into your day and try to understand some of it
“This is a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.”
Make the Qur’an a part of your daily life even if it’s reciting just a few verses and also try to read the translation of what you are reading. Perhaps also listen to the explanation of the verses by a reliable scholar so you gain a deeper understanding. Even if you know a surah by heart, make it a habit to perform wudhu and read from a physical mushaf. Train your mind to have that spiritual connection at least a few minutes a day to begin with, then increase.
7. Make a list of goals you would like to achieve during Ramadan (Ramadan Preparation)
This is really important, make a plan, set goals! It could be anything such as learning new du’as or surahs or trying to recite a certain number of pages of the Qur’an each day during Ramadan. Make a day-by-day plan and try to set yourself realistic and achievable targets.
You know what they say, ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’.
Let us earn all those extra ‘Jannah points all month In-sha’-Allaah! May we live to experience the blessed month Ramadan, one where our emaan and knowledge grows.