In the name of Allah, the most gracious and merciful. It’s that time of the year again – Ramadan. The climax of the Islamic year! The month where the Quran was revealed. The month contains the Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) which is worth more than a thousand months! But as we’ve approached this blessed month, we must learn how to prepare for Ramadan in order to make the best out of it!
The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months. (Quran 97:3)
So how do we approach such a significant month? How do we prepare ourselves to attain the maximum benefits from it?
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you—so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺.” (Quran 2:183)
Ramadan was a month for which the Sahabah (companions of The Prophet ﷺ) would prepare 6 months in advance. Then after Ramadan, they would spend the next 6 months holding themselves accountable for Ramadan. Their entire year revolved around Ramadan!
وَأَن تَصُومُوا۟ خَيْرٌۭ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ “... And to fast is better for you if only you knew.” (Quran 2:184)
Things to avoid in Ramzan :
Don't eat and drink while fasting
Lower your gaze
Don't fight with others
Don't lie and backbite
Don't waste your time on useless activities
Don't listen to music
Things to do in Ramzan :
Pray five times a day
Read Quran daily and try to read the full Quran during the month of Ramzan
Study and learn Islam
Make unlimited duas
Recite Astagfirullah, SubhanAllah and others tasbeehs