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A Blessed Month and a gift from Allah Ramadan gives us all Muslims a golden opportunity to get closer to Allah and increase our good deeds.

Majorly, Muslims across the world engage in activities like praying qiyam-al-layl, reading more Qur’an, giving extra sadaqah and of course, lots of du’a.

Ramadan is a very important event in a Muslims life and for every Important event we need to plan in advance to make it the most memorable and unforgettable event of our lives.

Many of us start Ramadan with a bang, Isn’t it ? Some of us lose the spark in a week or so and others just have no clue how the month came to an end.

Below are some of the Tips, how to make this Ramadan our Best Ramadan Ever !

Let’s treat this Ramadan like it is our last!

Try and Practice this year’s Ramadan as if it was your last. We are not sure if we get to see Ramadan next year, so let’s prepare for this year’s accordingly. This is the final time you will be able to fast this blessed month, pray taraweeh in jama’at and complete reading the Holy Qur’an.

Your priorities will change if you know this is the final opportunity to take advantage of this blessed month. The quality of your worship will surely increase if you have this understanding. The khushoo’ in your salah will improve. Your approach to understanding the ayah of the Qur’an will change.

 

Preparing for Ramadan

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  1. Detoxify your Body before Ramadan
    Healthy Diet + Plenty of Sleep + Regular Exercise
  2. Shape up your Soul
    • Increase in your Ibadah in the month of Sha’ban
    • Spiritually fast on Mondays, Thursdays, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th of the lunar calendar in Shaa'baan.
    • Wake up earlier than usual to pray . Read the Qur'an after Fajr, even if you only do so for 10-15 minutes.
    • Drink lots of water & Start your day with a good breakfast that allows you to stay energized throughout the day.
    • Have a light meal at the end of day with lots of fruit, vegetables, quit watching TV instead watch or read interesting material on spirituality, discipline & Islam.
    • When Ramadan comes, you will already be warmed up and you will hit the ground running Insha’Allah.
  3. Set an intention / Goals for the month to come
    Think about what you'd like to change in your life: perhaps you need to cut out poor habits, or improve your discipline, or align your actions with your ideals. Consider what you can do to become a happier and more effective human being. Ramadan is a prime opportunity to your reflect on your life and reset your routines – so plan ahead to make the best use of your time.
    With so much there to grab during this month by way of good deeds and forgiveness from Allah for our past sins, Take the time now to set some targets in terms of what you want to achieve during the coming month and Try goal-setting and planning at that level and you will see a noticeable difference.
  4. Free your mind
    Minimize distractions, and try to foster mental clarity. Focus your thoughts on helping others and improving yourself. Spend your free time studying, creating, or quietly reflecting. Wean yourself off of television and other distracting media, and consider reading a spiritual book instead to connect with your faith.
    Try to create an atmosphere in your home that will inspire you to achieve your goals. Try and alter your schedule at home so that the family has time to read Qur’an together or praying tarawih together at your local mosque.
  5. Tie your camel 
    Organize your life, and prepare yourself to make the most out of a thoughtful and disciplined month. Do what you need to do to stay on top of everything during Ramadan. You may find it easier to keep to a rigorous schedule of prayer, meals, and religious ceremonies if you've cultivated a disciplined lifestyle beforehand. 
    • Take care of anything serious that you need to do before Ramadan begins. You may be able to focus more intently on spiritual growth if you don't need to worry about practical difficulties.
    • It might be a chore to shop when you're hungry. Prepare large batches of food and freeze them; chop vegetables and store them in airtight containers.

 

Practicing Ramadan

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  1. Keep the traditional Ramadan schedule. 
    Each day, wake up during Fajr (the dawn prayer) to eat the pre-dawn meal (Sahur). If you prefer, you can stay up late and eat Sahur before you go to sleep. Stay up to read a portion of the Qur'an before and after Fajr. Make sure to keep up a disciplined prayer schedule, and try to structure your day-to-day thoughts around holy things. Abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex from dawn until dusk until the end of Ramadan. Once the sun goes down, take iftar (the fast-breaking evening meal) with friends and family, and talk about what you have learned today.
    • The prayer times are dictated by the rising and the setting of the sun. If you live in a predominantly Muslim area, you may be reminded by prayer bells to take each prayer of the day.
    • Make arrangements to give Zakaat al-Fitr on time. This can be done any time before the 'Eid prayer.
  2. Get plenty of rest. 
    Fasting can throw off your normal eating and sleeping schedule, and you may need to get more sleep than usual in order to stay strong. Many people stay up late at night, then nap in the afternoon to stave off the hunger. Try to take naps midway through the day – even a half-hour power nap will leave you feeling refreshed.
  3. Be gracious and charitable. 
    Generosity is a central theme to the ethos of Ramadan, You don't need to donate money always instead you can even brighten someone's day with a smile or a few kind words. You can even give back to others simply by being patient and kind. Take this month as an opportunity to be the best sort of person that you can be.
    • Give your money. Try tipping service workers as an act of good faith; consider giving money or food to a homeless person.
    • Volunteer your time. Serve food to the homeless, or restore a damaged ecosystem, or pick up trash in your neighborhood. Be generous with your time, and you may find it rewarding.
    • Be a positive force. Be patient and kind, as much as possible, and try to brighten the days of the people you meet. Try to keep an optimistic, upbeat attitude about everything that you do.
  4. Learn what to do if you cannot fast - 
    Certain groups of people are exempted from fasting during Ramadan If you fall into those categories, you can still practice physical and spiritual discipline. Find a practice that nourishes your soul.
    • For people who cannot fast long-term (e.g. incurable disease or old age), you must provide Fidyah, which is payment that makes up for your inability to fast.
    • Try volunteering or doing something selfless for others. As long as your intentions are pure, you should be able to find a solid alternative.
  5. Stay hydrated - 
    You aren't allowed to drink anything from dawn until dusk – so make sure that you drink plenty of water between iftar and Sahoor.
  6. Build community - 
    Attend and organize community Iftars and Taraweeh. Be inclusive, and try to invite people who often get overlooked. Share the Ramadan experience with your community in order to make all of your generosity and reflection more valuable.
    • Greet Arab-speaking Muslims with a traditional Ramadan greeting. "Ramadan Kareem," "Ramadan Mubarak," or "Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair!" Respectively, these phrases mean, "Generous Ramadan," "Blessed Ramadan," and "May every year find you in good health!"
  7. Don't overeat at Iftar - 
    It is best to break a fast slowly. Start with dates and a hydrating drink: water, juice, milk, a soup, or a smoothie. Go at it slowly, and eat sparingly of the spread. Save your main meal for later in the night. If you're cooking Iftar, bake and broil instead of frying for a healthier meal.
  8. Spend some quality time with Allah. 
    It's easy to get overwhelmed by life and forget that this month is essentially about renewing one's personal connection with God. The Qur'an says (translated): "When you are free from your affairs, then turn to your Lord." Wake up in the night and pray as much as you can. Consider staying in seclusion (i'tikaf) for a part of the month, even if you only take a weekend away.
  9. Seek the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) in the last ten days of the month. 
    This is said to be the holiest day of the holiest month. In the Qur'an, it is written that the Night of Power is better than a thousand months, by virtue of the blessings that descend in it. Seek this night, and spend it religiously: perform voluntary prayers, read the Qur'an, and supplicate. This night can be a turning point of your Ramadan experience.

 

Learning From the Experience

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  1. Make positive changes in your life. 
    Ramadan presents a great opportunity to fill your life with discipline and meaning. The best way to make the most out of Ramadan is to carry the lessons learned you've learn—e.g. moderation and discipline—into the year that follows. Maintain the healthy habits that you have built. Try not to slip into your old ways.
  2. Ease back into a normal diet. 
    You've been fasting for an entire month, and your body may not be used to heavy portions. Start moderately – this goes for fatty or fried foods, salt, and sugar. Your stomach may have shrunk with reduced consumption, and you don't want to bloat yourself. If you eat too much, take it as a lesson to slow down next time.
    • Consider whether it's worth resuming a habit of heavy consumption. If you've been able to cultivate a healthier lifestyle during Ramadan, try to keep it that way.
    • To avoid heartburn, line your stomach with a bland, alkaline foodstuff before starting into spicy, fried foods.
  3. Remember that change is a practice.
    You may have made positive changes in your life during Ramadan, but this does not mean that they're permanent. Nothing is permanent unless you continually, mindfully make it so. Find a way to hold yourself accountable: try keeping a journal of your personal and spiritual development, and consider finding a person to whom you can talk about your progress.
  4. Learn how to forgive and forget.
    Let go of the negative feelings that hold you back. Don`t hold grudges against people who have wronged you in the past. Do this for your own sake. If you keep those bad feelings inside, they might hurt you in the future – not only psychologically, but physically.

 

Ramadan presents a great opportunity to adjust our lives. The best benefit that can be derived from Ramadan is to carry the lessons learned from it — moderation and discipline — to the year that follows.

Ramadan Kareem to all and may every year find you in good health !!