Spiritual Training Month
Ramadan is of great significance for all Muslims throughout the world. This month not only trains us physically but spiritually as well. We need to think about how can we “train” ourselves beforehand? What practices and steps can we take to get the most out of this month? Let's have a look together at some of the practices.
Set Your Goals
Be careful and realistic while setting your goals. Remember, if goals are unrealistic and it's very hard to get it done, then this may cause a rapid loss of momentum and thus finally resulting in failure to reach your goal. Set realistic goals that make sense not only for ourselves personally but as well in the context of the needs of others around us.
Make a Calendar
This goes hand-in-hand with goal setting. It is very important to make a schedule and follow it. Plan ahead of time on how you will schedule your week, given your Ramadan goals.
Use a pre-designed calendar or make your own colorful Ramadan calendar. Place it where you spend most of your time usually.
The five daily prayers are the second pillar of Islam and are required. Sometimes we are not only lazy in praying but also don’t see the importance and priority of this act of worship. If you’re one of those who skips the five daily prayers, it is a time to make a good habit to pray regularly and on time. You can begin with the easiest prayer for you to fulfill in its proper stated time in the first week. From there, start doing two prayers daily in week 2, then three in week 3, and finally four in week 4. By the time Ramadan starts, you should be hitting all 5 every single day, and this will likely be the most singular important habit in your life that you must maintain post-Ramadan, no matter what.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to Allah (swt), and a way to become more compassionate to those in need. Fasting is also seen as a way to learn patience and break bad habits. So, let’s take this Ramadan as an opportunity to gain Allah’s pleasure and leave those bad habits which take us away from the right path
The Prophet (PBUH) would revise the Qur’an every Ramadan, so all of us should have a goal of completing the Qur’an as many times as possible. It is recommended to read Quran with understanding. You can set one time to do recitation only and another time to read its translation and Tafseer. Start with 2 pages a day, then go to three, and end the week with 4 pages a day.
يٰٓـاَيُّهَا الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا كُتِبَ عَلَيۡکُمُ الصِّيَامُ کَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِيۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِکُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَتَّقُوۡنَۙ
Believers! Fasting is enjoined upon you, as it was enjoined upon those before you, that you become God-fearing.
Sura Al Baqra: 183
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Break your fast quickly when its time for iftar
Eat in a moderate quantity
Avoid fighting and arguing
Eat healthy food
Avoid fried food
Do sadaqah as much as you can
Help your family in iftar preparation