Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
There’s less than 40 days until the blessed month of Ramadan meaning, there’s still time to prepare ourselves to take advantage of this amazing month.
REDUCE YOUR PORTIONS
Fast and feast. Unfortunately, this is what most do turning Ramadan into a feeding frenzy. By reducing your portion sizes now, you’re preparing yourself for the long fasts ahead whilst also increasing yourself in gratefulness to Allah swt for having food in your cupboards.
No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then 1/3 for his food, 1/3 for his drink and 1/3 for his breath [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah – Hadith sahih]
IMPROVE YOUR CHARACTER
Ramadan isn’t all about food. During this blessed month the gates of Jannah are flung open and Shaytaan is locked away. What better time to improve your character? Many people go hard during Ramadan and then fall off a few months later but the trick is to start from now. Don’t just make the change for Ramadan, make it for life. If you smoke, cut down from 10 to 5 a day until you don’t smoke at all. If you listen to music, cut down from a whole playlist, to a couple of tracks to eventually not listening to any music. You’d be surprised how little changes make a BIG difference.
MAKE UP LAST YEARS FASTS
Depending on how many you’ve missed, this may seem like a big ask… but let me break it down for you. There are 365 days in a year, out of that between 28-30 are obligatory fasting days, if you miss a week or more, you have over 300 days the following year to make up those fasts. The choice is yours on whether you do them all at once or space them out but it’s a great way to prepare yourself for the fasts ahead.
TAKE UP VOLUNTARY FASTS
Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting – Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041
Voluntary fasting is a great way to prepare for Ramadan AND it’s a sunnah.
[Allah says:] Fasting is Mine and it is I Who give reward for it – Bukhaari, Fath, no. 1904)
If you wanted to go the extra mile you could fast the ‘white days’ which are on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each month according to the narration in Tirmidhi.
RE-CONNECT WITH THE QURAN
How many of our Quran’s are gathering dust on our shelves subhanAllah. For some, the most recitation we’ll do/hear all year is in the month of Ramadan. Don’t wait for the imam to re-introduce you to the Quran during Taraweeh, be pro-active and dust of your Quran now. Even if you just read the short surahs in the back with tafseer it’s better than nothing.
If you have anymore Ramadan prep tips, leave them in the comments below. Muslimah Healthy is currently offering a free Get Ready for Ramadan online course for sisters starting today! Go over to her site and check it out!