Bismillahir rahmanir rahmeen
First and foremost Ramadan Mubarak to you all. I pray Allah swt makes it easy for all of you, accepts your fasts and good deeds and makes it a means for you to reach jannatul firdous, Ameen.
Ramadan is a beautiful time, the most special month out of the 12 Allah swt has blessed us with alhamdulillah. As Muslims we should try to make an extra special effort to make this month exceptionally special for ourselves.
So here are 5 ways you can make Ramadan special this year.
FEED THE POOR
What better time to take care of your fellow brothers and sisters than to feed the poor! This doesn’t have to be a big extravagant act but something simple and private like donating food to a shelter or packing up your leftover iftar and handing it out to homeless people in your town/ city centre. Even your own neighbour may benefit from a simple act such as sharing a meal. This is something that you can start in Ramadan and hopefully, inshaAllah, carry on doing throughout the year even if it’s just once a month.
REMEMBER YOUR BLESSINGS
Yes you’re not eating or drinking anything for 15+ hours but how many people do that every day and don’t complain? Food is a blessing, water is a blessing, LIFE is a blessing alhamdulillah! Ramadan is the month in which the shaytaan is locked up and the gates of jannah are flung open. As a Muslim this should be a constant reminder of the mercy of Allah and His willingness to give us chance after chance to reach jannah.
SHARE FOOD WITH FRIENDS
I remember my first Ramadan, it was a very special time as I really appreciated how fortunate I was to have friends (and family) to break my fast with. Unfortunately, for some reverts, this is not a regular occurrence and the first few Ramadans can be a lonely experience. Alhamdulillah, I live in a city that host a number of iftars for reverts which offer a perfect opportunity to meet new people.
REFLECT ON YOURSELF
You’ve made it to another Ramadan, alhamdulillah and now it’s time to reflect. What were you like last year? What goals didn’t you get to achieve? What would you like to improve?
Take account of yourself before you are taken into account and weigh your deeds yourself before it is weighed – Umar ibn Al-Khattab (ra)
There are many ways you can track your goals either using certain apps or on simple paper and pen (I’m kind of old school like that). Whether it’s during the long days or short nights, find time to reflect as there are many benefits to reflection in Islam.
RENEW YOUR INTENTIONS EVERYDAY
This is something we should be doing inside of and outside of Ramadan, but why not start in this blessed month?
Actions are but by their intentions: we all know this hadith from Imam An-Nawawi’s famous 40 ahadith. If you do something intending good for the sake of Allah swt, He will reward you with good and He is how you think of Him.
Why are you fasting? What are the rewards for fasting? Who provides the reward for fasting? Just some questions we can ask ourselves during this month.
How are you making Ramadan special? Leave a comment below so we can share ideas!