By Sarah Koul
RAMAZAN is the most precious month in the islamic calendar. The gates of hell are shut and gates of heaven are thrown open and every believer is showered with a multitude of blessings for each of their good deeds. At the core, it is the opportunity for each muslim to connect to their spiritual sense by giving up all scripturally forbidden and restricted desires of the world.
When we fast, we do not only refrain from eating but from all forms of materialistic consumption, and what is spirituality if not the lack of desire for worldly ease? We may give up feeding our bodies but we start feeding our soul which relies and thrives upon the remembrance of our creator. This month of barakah which satiates the quench of our soul, must be lived exceptionally by drowning oneself in Ibadah and engaging in good deeds to benefit in this world and the hereafter.
It is the month of spiritual cleansing and purification for us. We should try to increase our worship, good deeds and acts of charity so that we are able to benefit from the immense blessings of Ramazan and seek salvation. Here are some ways you can make your Ramazan more productive and engage more with your deen than duniya.
Make a journal consisting of goals and aims you want to achieve on a daily basis. For example, list out a few duas you want to repeat throughout the day, or set a goal of how many pages of the Quran you ought to complete. You can list your tasks you want to perform throughout the day and keep a check on your progress through your journal.
Meal Prep in Advance
Women mostly have to spend more of their time in the kitchen preparing meals for iftaar and suhoor. You should help or prepare the meals in advance during the morning hours so that you can spend the rest of your day engaged in worship.
Completing the Quran with Translation
The main purpose of the Quran is to guide us through every aspect of life. It is not just a book meant to be recited on a daily basis, it preaches us about almost everything encompassing life and hereafter. The Quran is meant to teach how we ought to spend our lives preparing for the hereafter, it is filled with guidance and knowledge and must not only be recited but also understood.
Pondering Over Hadith and Memorising
Hadiths are the valuable sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which teach us the noble way of life. They are a major source of religious law and moral guidance, second only to the authority of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. You can spare a few minutes of your time remembering hadits that shape our lives.
Start Reading Seerah of Prophet (Peace be Upon Him)
the biography of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which contains the history, events, wars, prayers and sayings of the last messenger of Allah and the struggle he has endured to spread islam across the globe and to our households. The Prophet(PBUH)’s character is an excellent example for us to follow, and we can learn this example by studying the seerah. Mohammed (PBUH) was a perfect model as a human being in each and every aspect of his life.Loving the Prophet (pbuh) is a necessity for every Muslim. Learning and reflecting upon his life will definitely increase your love for him. Love of the Prophet is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of belief. You can read about resources available on Prophet’s Seerah on Kashmir Observer’s article, “Indulge in Milad Spirit”
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Connect at Tahajjud
Pray tahajjud everyday - Praying tahajjud provides us with inner strength and mental peace. “Be vigilant in standing up [in prayer] at night, for it was the practice of the pious before you. It is a means of gaining proximity to Allah Ta’ala, expiation for transgressions and a barrier from sins.” (Tirmidhi) Ramazan is the most convenient time to offer your tahajjud prayers, you can wake up minutes prior to suhoor to pray and beg to allah for this part of the night guarantees almighty’s mercy and blessings upon you.
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