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Is it hard to believe that Ramadan is just around the corner? How do we get into the Ramadan spirit this year? Here are some tips to make the most of the days leading up to the month of mercy.
1. Establish a daily dua practice.
Make it a practice to offer a five-minute daily prayer to Allah. Take a moment to find a quiet place, collect your thoughts, and establish a daily meditative routine as we approach the blessed month.
2. Approach your food mindfully and remember the importance of nutrition.
Good health is a precious asset. Ramadan is a time for fasting and reducing food intake. Our bodies are designed to adapt to the lower calories we take in during the day. However, preparing your mind and body a few days in advance can be very beneficial.
Consider eliminating starchy, sugary foods and reducing frequent snacking. Try going for slightly more extended periods without eating—for instance, a later-than-usual breakfast or skipping lunch for an early dinner. Be mindful of portion sizes, take your vitamins, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated!
3. Get into the habit of reading the Holy Quran
No doubt reading the Qur’an throughout Ramadan holds enormous amounts of reward. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, we often put aside this necessary deed until Ramadan. Reading at least one page daily will help you develop a bond with the Qur’an, build consistency, and multiply your rewards before the month of fasting.
4. Prepare a list of Ramadan goals.
Some of us make lengthy New Year resolutions and lofty bucket lists. However, now is the time to make a spiritually powered list of targets specifically for Ramadan.
The list could include objectives such as praying on time, refraining from gossip, and making Istighfaar 100 times daily. Furthermore, ensuring regular Sadaqa can be one of the most important goals, which takes us to our final recommendation.
5. Give Sadaqa
Sadaqa (Charity) means giving something out of kindness, religious duty, or generosity. It is a powerful gift from Allah that protects your successes and blesses you in hardships. The act of Sadaqa during Ramadan has immeasurable benefits; however, to start giving charity beforehand is a means of our purification in preparation for Ramadan.
After all, don’t we all want to try and start Ramadan on a clean slate?
6. Make the most of the merits of Sha’ban.
It is said that Rajab is the month to sow the seeds. Sha’ban is the month to irrigate the crop, and Ramadan is the month to reap the harvest.
Fasting during Sha’ban is highly recommended for seeking rewards and forgiveness from Allah. Sha’ban can act as a bridge between the two sacred months and be a perfect time to prepare for Ramadan’s prolonged fasting and intense worship. Moreover, giving charity during Sha’ban can maximise the rewards of Ramadan.
Take advantage of the virtues of Sha’ban and transform the life of an orphaned child today by giving Sadaqa.
Alternatively, you could make a one-off Sadaqa donation, set up regular e-giving or request a Sadaqa Box from Al-Ayn for your home or business.
It’s only a handful of days until the beautiful month of fasting, unity, prayers, and delicious iftars commence.
What are you waiting for? Start making minor changes to reap huge rewards Insh’Allah.