4 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan
Ramadan is almost here.
Some people are great at doing Ramadan. I’m not one of them. I find it hard, every single year. Here are four things I know I can do to prepare for Ramadan. I’m writing them mainly for myself, but maybe others will find it useful.
1. Stop the morning coffee
I feel groggy until my first cup of bitter, milky coffee. It’s frothy embrace bringing me to consciousness. I need to get off my morning coffee cravings before Ramadan, or have it ripped from me brutally.
2. Start reading the Qur’an daily
If you already read it daily, pick up the pace I suppose. For me, it’s getting into the habit of doing every single day.
3. Plan your pre-Ramadan fasts
None of this InshaAllah business. I know with myself, if I don’t actually write down the days I intend to fast before Ramadan, they’ll pass by me without me even realising. Schedule them in. Make them happen.
4. Make dua for it every night
Ramadan is like a gift from God, there is no guarantee we will receive it this year.
So, we know the dua …
Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha’ban wa ballighna Ramadan.
Oh Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban, and perfect and help us reach Ramadan.
I’m going to try to make it every night before bed, and actually spend a few moments thinking about Ramadan. I know for myself, thinking about it, even just a bit daily, will help me prepare. It will get me in the right zone, it will mean I hit the month running and full of zeal, rather than hit by unexpected wave that winds me.
Those are my four things. I know they’re probably not that impressive, but I know if I can do just these four things, I will be prepared to make the most of my coming Ramadan.
From past experience, I know my biggest mistake is getting motivated and trying to do too much in anticipation of Ramadan, which fizzles out well before the month reaches us. So, I’m opting to take the approach of small things, done often.
Maybe my four Ramadan tips will be useful for you. If not, make your own list and maybe share it with others on Twitter under #Ramadan2015 or in the comments section below.
I pray all our Ramadans are filled blessing, khair (goodness) and pleasure of God, and we live to reap the benefits of many, many Ramadans. Ameen!
By: @AbdulAzim (MW Contributor)