Ramadan has effectively approached us Alhamdulillah. Muslims are still uplifted by the atmosphere and atmosphere that Ramadan creates, and they strive to make the most of this holy month. This holy month is referred to as a holy month because of the majesty of darkness, also known as the night of destiny.
We, as Muslims, strive to do as many good deeds as possible during this month because the amount of gratitude we receive from Allah almighty during this month is incredible.
To make the most of this holy month, here are some tips we can put into practice in our daily lives to better our lifestyle during this month and beyond.
- Cleanse your soul first:
When Ramadan arrives and you’re ready to make a lot of duas and prayers, as well as fast, keep in mind that your purpose is crucial in all of these acts. Setting good intentions is a must for you. Because there is one thing that lies behind every human action and that is purpose. Tell your soul that this is a new opportunity to get closer to Allah, and do your best to keep good thoughts in everything you do. So let go of all the resentment toward someone who has wronged you. If you have a bad habit, try to break it and replace it with a healthy one, not only for Ramadan but for the rest of your life. That’s quite an accomplishment. So having good intentions is a must for cleansing your soul. As it is said in hadith,
“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, and then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.”
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- Eat suhoor:
Eating suhoor is as important as the iftar itself. Our profit Hazrat Muhammad SAW always emphasized on eating suhoor because once he said that,
“Take Suhoor as there is a blessing in it.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Many people do not wake up for suhoor, and many more do not sleep after praying isha and stay awake until suhoor. Let me tell you that both are incorrect. It is believed that after praying isha and Taraweeh, you can rest for a while before suhoor. Our young generation spends most of their nights doing other dumb things, and when it comes to suhoor, they are not fully immersed in it. So you must sleep to have proper suhoor. It’s because it’s the Sunnah.
- Feed the needy:
Ramadan allowed us to learn about the plight of the poor. Suhoor and iftar take up the majority of the dining table, and there are ten different dishes to choose from. That is not the right thing to do, and it is not even stated in the Quran. Just because you haven’t had your breakfast or lunch doesn’t mean you have to overcrowd your dining table.
Instead, strive to help those who are in need and hungry; you will be praised for your efforts, not for the days you fasted and ate a large amount of food at iftar. Try to judge yourself for Allah’s sake and do as many good deeds as possible.
“To feed (others) and to greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.”
[Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12]
Only we have access to where we should focus our resources, what we need to cut for, and why we are doing all of this. Only we can choose the best direction for ourselves. It is up to us to determine what this month will be like for us and how we can make the most of it.
This opportunity comes only once a year, and we never know whether we will survive until the next Ramadan, so if you have it, don’t waste it. To be cherished and forgiven by Allah, make the most of this holy month.
- Makes lots of dua:
You might believe that we already do this and that we don’t need to learn about this tip. Wait a minute! Making dua does not necessarily imply that you should make it when sitting on the prayer mat or reciting the Quran. During Ramadan, make dua at all times of the day. You never know when Allah almighty will approve your dua. When you’re waiting to break your fast, make dua while sitting at the dining table. That is Allah’s favorite time, since his precious creature is starving for His sake, and whatever you ask of him at that time, he gives it to you. Make a dua that Allah gives you the power to continue your good habits after Ramadan is over. For a successful outcome on the Day of Judgment. Make a dua for your whole family as well as the Muslim community.
And your Lord said: “Call upon Me, I will answer you. Verily, those who scorn My worship will surely enter Jahannam in humiliation!” Quran 40:60
Allah loves those who render dua to HIM, and this is one of the best days to open your heart and ask for whatever you want, as he never disappoints his creatures.
So, now that you’ve immersed yourself in the spirit of Ramadan, take some time to reflect on yourself and your behavior. Make preparations and strategies to continue your good habits after Ramadan. This is one of the most challenging challenges anyone faces since it is difficult to sustain the same patterns after Ramadan. But if you put your mind to it, nothing is impossible.
When you’re doing something good, the war inside you rages, but make special efforts to ensure that your good thoughts and good intentions triumph over the negative ones, so that it’s easy for you to obey the instructions and these Ramadan tips.