With Ramadan less than a month away it’s extremely important we begin to prepare our hearts, our minds, and our bodies for this blessed month. Too often we find ourselves in a state of distress as we enter this holy month due to our lack of preparation for it. It’s said the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) used to prepare for Ramadan six months in advance, which forces us to reflect upon ourselves and our own actions. What are we doing to take advantage of all the blessings this sacred month has to offer?
We understand life can get busy with all of our daily demands so we’ve curated a list of useful tips to help you jumpstart your Ramadan prep below!
1. Recite, listen, and reflect upon the Qur’an. Nothing soothes the heart and prepares the soul for a journey of a month-long worship quite like Qur’an does. Even if it’s an ayah a day, start by making an effort to read and reflect upon the words of Allah.
2. Make your long commutes worthwhile. Instead of tuning into your favorite radio station, plug in an educational podcast (we highly recommend the Qalam Podcast!) to learn something new about your deen and allow your heart to fall further in love with it.
3. Follow the sunnah for salah and pray your extra prayers. We all know Ramadan nights are filled with tarawih at our favorite mosques. Get into the habit of praying extra prayers now so those long nights won’t be an adjustment, but rather a continuation of our already established efforts.
4. Participate in acts of service and give charity. If we want to make the most of Ramadan that means enjoining in good acts and straying from the bad. Ramadan is a time to purify our hearts and that can only be done with good intentions and acts which spread goodness. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Allah is in the aid of His servant as long as His aid is in the assistance of others.” (Muslim)
5. Forgive and forget. If we want to make the most of this blessed month then we must partake in acts which may seem difficult to do but will heal our hearts in Ramadan. Forgive those who have hurt you, forget the bad, and move forward with compassion and love in your hearts. Nothing holds an individual back like a prisoned mind and soul. Afterall, we are not perfect beings ourselves. So, how can we expect the One to forgive us of our shortcomings if we cannot forgive others of theirs?
The list above is a very small curation of steps you can take to ensure a blessed Ramadan, but oh so effective for the heart, soul, and mind. We pray everyone experience a Ramadan like no other this year and achieve their utmost peace. Ameen.