Ramadan Preparation Tips
by Tahira Rifath
Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh
So we have 45 days till Ramadaan In sha Allah.
Here are a few personal tips by me to help us prepare for this blessed month, and I hope it will be of some benefit to everyone who reads this post In sha Allah.
- Make the intention to make this Ramadan full of ibaadah and better than last year.
- Get an, ‘easy to understand’ Quran translation so that what you recite is more meaningful. Start reading from now even if it’s just an ayah a day In sha Allah.
- If you don’t currently perform salah five times a day, change this ASAP. If you do pray, then perform the sunnah (recommended) and nafl (voluntary) prayers or start to wake up for tahajjud once a week. Aim to continue all of this through Ramadan and after as well. Think of the rewards you will receive in Ramadan In sha Allah
- Do all your Eid shopping in advance. This way you can devote more time for ibaadah in Ramadan
- Set a date to stop smoking/sheesha in the next week. This way in sha Allah you will be smoke free by Ramadan and after. Remember smoking is Haraam.
- Start cutting down on junk food, fried food and start eating healthily; maintain this throughout Ramadan and beyond. Some of us like to over eat in Ramadan and then consequently put on weight. Let’s eat healthy this year, but most importantly let us all try taming our nafs before Ramadaan so it will be easy for us In sha Allah.
- Reduce your coffee intake If you’re a coffee lover, you will most likely suffer from withdrawal symptoms and headaches if you suddenly stop your caffeine intake once you start fasting. It might be best to reduce the number of cups of coffee per day in the week before Ramadan to slowly wean you off it. If you are on any medication, consult your doctor to see how to adjust your program.
- Make a DUA list. Ramadan is the month to ask for everything. Go crazy! Make your duas at the times it is most likely to be answered, i.e. before breaking the fast, during salah, in the last ten nights or during tahajjud
- Do a pre Ramadan spring clean. Tackle one room a day, throw out the junk or give things to charity. This way your home is clutter free and relatively tidy before Ramadan (unless you’ve got kids of course which means it will be tidy for all of 5 minutes)
- Write your objectives for Ramadan e.g. pray all sunnah of salah, finish reciting the Quran with meaning, Giving to charity as much as possible. This way you have a clear goal of what you want to achieve in sha Allah
- Start cutting down/ cut out completely on TV, music, movies, social media etc. This way you are less likely to miss it in Ramadan and spend more time in ibaadah rather than wasting precious time.
- Start giving as much as you are able in charity. This way, in Ramadan it’s something you will find easy to do and in sha Allah you can become more generous.
- Make a ‘Good Deeds’ List for Ramadan. E.g helping neighbors, providing food for the masjid etc. Make the most of this blessed month.
- Make up for any missed fasts or fast on the Sunnah days of Mondays and Thursdays. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allaah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” (Tirmidhi)
- Start adjusting your sleeping habits so that u can wake up early. Try waking up for tahajjud 2-3 times a week.
- Control your tongue. If u are in the habit of swearing, backbiting, gossiping, etc. STOP NOW. Then keep this up after Ramadan too.
- Make a schedule/timetable for the month of Ramadaan, jotting down all your goals that you want to achieve during this month In sha Allah. Click here, for productive muslim Ramadan worksheets.
Please note that I did not write the previous post, it was written by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid the supervisor of the site Islam Q&A
May Allah accept our fasting and good deeds, and May Allah answer our good du’as and the du’as of the oppressed Muslims against their disbelieving oppressors. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. Ameen.
Hope you all have a blessed Ramadan In sha Allah
Fee Amanillah 🙂