How To Prepare For Ramadan
Most of us yearn to organize for Ramadan, but we now have no idea the place to start. Below are a few suggestions to insha’Allah (Allah willing) help prepare our minds and hearts due to this upcoming Month of Mercy.
MAKE THE INTENTION
Simple to perform, having a powerful impact. Maybe you want to prepare yourself for Ramadan, but between school, work, family, and also your other activities, you just have little idea how to fit into ‘plan Ramadan’ time. Instead of separating ‘get ready for Ramadan’ from a daily activities, make your everyday living a MEANS of preparation for Ramadan.
For example, perhaps your mom asked that you pick up your brother from soccer practice on the day you ultimately had time and energy to read some extra pages of Qur’an. Instead of feeling upset as you have lost an excellent opportunity to get ready for Ramadan, result in the intention that you'll be picking up your brother to impress Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) and plan for Ramadan by obeying your mother, helping your household members, building ties of kinship…and their email list continues.
The point is the fact preparing for Ramadan doesn't have to be some magnificent, enormous, extra-special thing that needs to become done at a certain time for the day. Many of your day-to-day actions is usually turned into Ramadan preparation actions having a sincere intention insha’Allah.
Do These Simple Deeds And Reap Great Rewards
1. Ask Allah to forgive your friends and family. “Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him an excellent deed for every believing man and believing woman.” [at-Tabarani, classed as hasan by al-Albani]
2. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah radi allahu ‘anhu (may Allah enjoy a him) said “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ [peace be upon him] said: ‘Whoever says subhan Allah wa bi hamdih (praise and glory be to Allah) 100 times, morning and evening, his sins are going to be erased even when they are much like the foam about the sea.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
4. Remember Allah (swt) whenever you are shopping. “Whoever enters market and says:
“Laa-ilaha illallah wahdahu-la shareeka-lah, lahul-mulku wa-lahul-hamdu yuhyi wa-yumeetu wa-huwa hayyun laa-yamoot, bi yadihil khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer.” ( لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد، وهو على كل شيء قدير ) [There is certainly not worthy of devotion, worship, praise, except Allah, alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise; He causes life and death and He will be the Living as well as doesn't die; in His Hand is perhaps all the good, and He has finished all things competent], Allah will write for the children a million good deeds and erase hundreds of bad deeds and raise him millions of levels.” [at-Tirmidhi, classed as hasan by al-Albani]
UP YOUR WORSHIP
To help condition your heart just for this blessed month, intensify your worship before Ramadan begins. Just a small, consistent amount will do. The Prophet ﷺ told us: “The deeds most loved by Allah are the types done regularly, regardless of whether they are small.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
For example, say I always pray 2 rak’at (units )of sunnah (compulsory prayer) after ishaa’ (the night time prayer) because of this day until Ramadan begins—and even through Ramadan, let me increase the risk for intention that I can pray 2 extra rak’at of sunnah after ishaa’. And every time I pray these extra 2 rak’at, which are more compared to what I normally pray, i want to remember that I am performing these with the purpose of asking Allah (swt) which helped me to be prepared to strive and exert my utmost effort during Ramadan.
MAKE A DUA (PRAYER) LIST TODAY
This is THE MONTH OF RAMADAN to request for everything, both associated with this life and the hereafter. Let us not hold off until the last 10 nights for making special dua, and after that once Eid passes understand that we completely forgot about fifty other items we needed to produce dua for. Let’s start making our lists now, and complement it as more things come our way. Insha’Allah this ought to help us remember to produce constant du`a’ in this particular month where dua is accepted, and help our hearts pour to the One Who will make those dua happen, subhanahu wa ta’ala.
WRITE OUT YOUR OBJECTIVES FOR RAMADAN
Praying your fard (obligatory) prayers? Praying all your sunnahs? Reading your entire Qur’an? Giving $1 in charity per day? Making itikaaf (a period of time for reflection and prayer in seclusion) inside masjid? Leaving one serious sin that you’ve been looking for away from for quite a while now? Sincerely turning back to Allah (swt)? Write out an email list, said somewhere you will note it, to make dua for the success in fulfilling your objectives.
MAKE A PLAN!
Look for your objectives trying to plan out the best way to realize them in this particular month. For example, maybe you are really struggling to pray your sunnah prayers. In this month, realize the enormity in the ajr (reward) of praying the sunnah prayers. Think that perhaps these sunnah will likely be the deeds that is going to be heavy in your scale of excellent deeds if you are intensely looking for them—on Yawm al-Qiyamah, the day of accountability. Therefore, fight to keep doing them throughout Ramadan. If you can’t pray your 2 rak’at after dhuhr (manufactured prayer) without delay, make sure to try and do them when you get the chance.
Your plan might look something similar to this:
Objective: Pray every one of my fardh prayers.
Method: Envision myself around the Day of Judgment seeing the body weight of praying my sunnah consistently within this month. Make sure to pray sunnah right after salah (prayer). If I cannot, do it as being soon as the opportunity arises—don’t let myself said off!
Another example is always that of finishing the Qur’an:
Objective: Finish the complete Qur’an within this month.
Method: Read 4 pages with the Qur’an after every salah. 5 prayers X 4 pages = 20 pages. 20 pages= about 1 juz. 1 juz X 30= the complete Qur’an.
So many Muslims have kicked the bucket since recently. So many people haven't made it to Ramadan this season. Last year was their final Ramadan. Will you arrive at this Ramadan? Will this become your last Ramadan?
Aim to strive this Ramadan. With a really small amount of effort, for example just creating a small intention or adding a number of extra acts of worship, we pray that Allah (swt) can help our hearts soften and honor us with so that it is easy to use Him and start to Him.
May Allah (swt) make us from the successful in Ramadan, and earn it easy for many people to use Him completely and constantly. Ameen. Ramadan Kareem! Allahu Akbar