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…Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship…”

6 Essential Steps to Prepare You for Ramadan


Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

“…Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship…”
{Surah Baqarah 2 : Verse 185}

 Mandatory the fasts of Ramadan may be, and yet Allah has made them easier and brimming with more blessing than any voluntary fast could ever be at any other time during the year. With any endeavor, discipline and practice beforehand are essential to ensure a favourable outcome, a victorious consequence even. Let’s explore a few suggested ways to amplify success.

  1. To better prepare, before good actions, eradicate bad habits.

The month of Ramadan is a constructive one, so it naturally makes sense to promote constructive behaviour. To first do this, Nouman Ali Khan – Islamic educator and Arabic teacher-suggests eradicating bad behaviour before practising good habits; this eradicates behaviour that would cause effortless distraction. Ease out of the usual habits before the month begins; it puts one in a good mind space to concentrate on positive practices of the approaching month.Wean yourself off the series and movies that garner our loyalty, not forgetting YouTubemusic videos, hours on Facebook, and – for the kids- cartoons, videogame apps and TV trawling.

Decrease gossiping and back-biting, in effect negativity with regards to thoughts and behaviour towards others. Curbing this allows more positive and productive behaviour and actions to surface and develop without being hindered.

  1. Memorise Quran

Have a goal to memorise a certain amount of Quran during Ramadan, even if you have never done so before and don’t make salaah regularly. Even better…you could start now. It could be an ayah a week or so, at a pace with which you may be comfortable. Try listening to a slow recitation- many are available online now- and recite it over and over to perfect pronunciation. Motivate children to do so by rewarding them with constructive gifts, like a trip out somewhere, as opposed to video games or TV time.

During Ramadan, recitation is made easier; the month is devoid of evil whispering. So capitalize on it. Continue learning, practice an ayah a day by listening and reciting numerous times, then start with another and repeat the process. Read it together and continue the cycle. Make it a project for the entire family. Even for those not used to it, try covering 2 to 3 just every Ramadan, so in essence one may complete memorization of the entire book in 10 years.

  1. Listen and Understand

Ramadan is the month to try and understand the Quran. So even before it begins, try to listen to tafseer and recitation of the Quran,and try listen to its explanation in English;focus on listening to understand what the ayahs mean, the reasons why they were revealed and the supporting hadith where applicable. It’s so personally rewarding to comprehend the essence of what we read

  1. Salaah

Become regular in performing Salaah. If you don’t read salaah regularly, or if you miss Fajr, or Esha, now is as good a time as any to begin. Fundamental is Esha and Fajr at the masjid during Ramadan, and it be pointless to perform a really long taraweeh salaah and socializing for a long while after, if it hinders one from waking up for suhoor and from praying fajr. There is amazing blessing in partaking of suhoor, and of course the mandatory blessed fajr prayer .It is also a priority over sunnah acts of worship. So enjoy suhoor and fajr, and make it a goal.

  1. Cut Down on Wasting

Time is a gift. Sometimes we find ourselves expending our energy preparing elaborate meals- by earnest requests or demands from family, or by our own desire to create something special for our fasting family and friends. But the truth is we’re not that hungry!

There’s so much left over after a hefty meal. Why consume all that energy when one could make a lighter easier satisfying meal and spend more time doing what we’re rewarded for during Ramadan.

Reuse, don’t waste, and don’t throw away! Being grateful means that we appreciate what we have and what we’re given by utilizing every part of it. Eat a little and get more after if need be. Save what’s unused, and have it at suhoor, or at the next iftar. Give it away if one wishes to feed others. Feed the beautiful birds outside with crumbs of leftover bread. There is blessing in it all.
So practice eating less as the month approaches, wasting less and reusing more.
You are in competition with no one else but yourself.

  1. VoluntaryFasts

We rely on salih or authentic and good hadith, in prescription of a course of action. Some claim that the middle of Shaban is when Allah decrees event s for upcoming year-this is totally false; the Night of Decree is Laylatul Qadr that occurs within the last third of Ramadan, where decrees of birth, death and other major events arise – according to verses in Suratul Qadr, and Dukhaan. There is no specific privilege for the month of Shaban in this regard. One could fast as is recommended on the 13,14,15 of every lunar month, and follow suite as in the month of Shaban.

Dr. Muhammad Salah, in an interview, reported that Muhammad Salallahu Alaihi wa salam was in the habit of fasting for most of it, accordingto authentic hadith narrated by Ayesha Radiallahu Anhu- in Bukhari and Muslim. He did this as it fell between the two great months of Rajab and Ramadan.

So with reference to these proofs in their totality, one should hold off fasting a day or two before Ramadan if one is accustomed to fasting for most of the month, or from the middle of the month onwards, to prepare oneself for the mandatory fasts of Ramadan–this in accordance with hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah in Bukhari.

 “Perfecting an art-form requires close study and superior practice. If Ramadan be our art-form, let our hearts warm towards it study and preparation.”

Authored by “M”
Edited and Drafted by:   Nuzhat Shaikh


Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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