Tips for Ramadan

I have been reading some stuff about Ramadan and fasting and I would like to share them with you guys. 

  1. During Ramadan, the devil is chained up for those who fast. So, make the best of this time period and try to please Allah as much as you can.
  2. Make a schedule. Recite Quran daily and try to keep yourself busy, that way it will be easier to fast.
  3. Upon Sehri and Aftari, eating too much food defeats the purpose of fasting. Therefore, control your diet, do not stuff yourself up.
  4. Eating at Sehri time is essential because it keeps you going through the day and Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) warned us about being too extreme. Therefore, one must eat something.
  5. Break your fast with a date, because it’s a sunnah.
  6. Helping others to break their fast also entails great benefits.
  7. Buy the grocery in big bulk, so that you do not have to go to the market everyday.
  8. Seek forgiveness.
  9. Fasting cures many diseases like jealousy, neglect, laziness etc.
  10. The devil flows though us like blood. In Ramadan, fasting narrows the passages through which devil can influence us. Make the best of these days. Fast with all your faith and belief in Allah.
  11. The objective of fasting is to acquire good health. So, avoid stuffing and eating junk food.
  12. Our intention for fasting should be to seek the reward, forgiveness, and pleasure of Allah.
  13. Ramadan is not about eating a variety of delicious dishes every day for iftaar, rather it is more about worship and asking for Allah’s forgiveness.
  14. Anyone who does not leave his false actions and speech, then he is leaving his food and drink for nothing. All his fasting will be meaningless if he does not do it with proper faith and purpose.

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Knock, Knock “Who’s There?” “A Time to Recreate Yourself”

Assalam-o-Alikum,

      Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Fellows

You know, ‘Ramadan’ is just around the corner!! And it is about time that we get ready and start preparing our bodies and minds, if we desire a remarkable and blessed Ramadan. I know I do.

There was a time, when I was naive and missed many chances to take full benefit of this blessed month. It saddens me to remember those days. Though, I am still clueless about a lot of stuff. But at least now I am on the path, so, I guess I will get there some day, InshaAllah.

We, Muslims, should not think of Ramadan as a burden, because it is the best time of the year for us. You know why? Well, because Ramadan is like a prized chance given to us by Allah, a chance to purify our bodies, minds and souls, to strengthen our faith and beliefs, to rebuilt and wash the filth off ourselves. In similar words, it is a chance for us to change ourselves for the better. 

Ramadan is coming! When we say this, we usually mean, the month of fasting is here. But is that what Ramadan is all about? No doubt, fasting is a significant part of this time of year and also one of our religious duties, but, it doesn’t end here.

Many of you probably know all this, but reminder is always good. Right? Fasting is only 1% about not eating and drinking while 99% is about bringing your heart and soul closer to Allah. If you are going to carry on with your old, regular routine like not giving time to your prayers, not reciting Quran, sleeping all day, using foul and bad language, gossiping, being angry, wasting time in worthless activities that do not benefit you in strengthening of your faith and stuff like that; you know, you are not really performing your religious duty. You are just starving yourself. And Ramadan is not about starving yourself or going on a diet; it is about indulging yourself in your faith (imaan)  and making the most of it.

Fasting is an essential requirement needed to cleanse our body, soul and mind. Some of the benefits that we can get through fasting are:

  • A chance to create a deep connection with Allah.
  • Learn about patience and self-control.
  • Learn to strain ourselves from gossiping, backbiting, fighting, harming and indulging ourselves in any devilish activities.
  • A chance to reflect and improve oneself for the better.

The devil is going to be locked away for Ramadan, and then, it will be just us. I believe there is still good in us, so let’s aim to have a better Ramadan this year than the last one. Let’s aim and work towards it.

May Allah make this Ramadan, a turning point in our lives and accept all our prayers and worships in His path.

(Ameen)

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Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the day time hours in a complete fast.

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world go without food, drink, and other eatables during the day time hours. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. It is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-sacrifice.

The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to withdraw” – and it means not only holding back from food and drink but from evil actions, thoughts and words.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be controlled. The tongue must be controlled from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must be controlled from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must be controlled from listening to idle talk or offensive words. The feet must be controlled from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

May Allah help us to do our best.