7 Pro Tips for Ramadan – Make the Best of This Ramadan
For Muslims, the Holy Month of Ramadan is the perfect month for self-reformation and for strengthening the bond with Allah. Whether you are trying to revive your connection with Allah, or looking to fortify the existing one, these 7 pro tips for Ramadan will help you!
1. Plan Ahead
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Yes, Ramadan is going to bring a spiritual change in your life, but it’s going to bring a change in your routine first. School, university, work, home – if you want to make the best of Ramadan, you need to plan. Alongside spiritual preparation, it’s imperative that you plan your daily tasks as well.
Make a Ramadan Checklist before Ramadan and plan your duas, prayers and Quran recitation. If you didn’t make one before, it’s still not too late to make one! Make another to-do list for your routine tasks to help increase your productivity and manage your time better.
2. Eat Healthy
We all look forward to the Ramadan foods that we can gobble up during Suhoor and Iftar meals. It’s hard to resist the culinary delights on the table after fasting for so long. We are not here to stop you, either. But we firmly advise that you keep a close check on your diet. After all, you wouldn’t want to fall sick and miss a fast only because of your diet! Make sure your meals are healthy and nutritious.
What’s even more important than nutritious food in Ramadan is water! Keep your body hydrated with loads of water and fresh juices. Avoid sugary drinks and salty foods. Add on everything that will help you keep going and ditch everything that will deplete your hydration.
3. Pray Fajr
In Ramadan, after having a filling Suhoor meal, all one desires is to sleep. That is what makes Fajr prayer incredibly special. Get rid of all the temptations and bow to Allah. You will see how starting your day with His name will bless your entire day.
Don’t jump straight into bed after praying Fajr. Take this moment and reflect on your life. Think about where you are in life, where you want to be and what you need to do to get there.
4. Make Quran a Part of Your Day
Ramadan is the month of Quran, and if there’s anything you should be focussing on in this month, it’s Quran recitation. Read as much as possible for you during the day and night. Don’t stop thinking that 5-10 minutes are not enough. If you can’t read Quran for some reason, you can even just listen to some audio Quran Recitation.
If you have an intensely busy schedule, I recommend you check out some Quran apps in the market. These apps allow you to read Quran on the go and leave you with no excuse for neglecting Quran in Ramadan.
5. Pray, and Pray Some More
Just like you join people for Iftar and Suhoor, also join them in prayers. Try to incorporate as many duas with your prayers as you can. Again, make a list of duas beforehand and share it with your friends. Make it a habit of offering prayers in a Mosque as it will boost your spirituality. Surf the Internet for supplications for Ramadan and read them regularly.
6. Be Charitable
It is in Ramadan that we realize how many sins our inner self is responsible for. Shaitan is locked away, but the temptation for committing sins does not leave us. It becomes even harder in Ramadan since we are trying to walk on the Path of Allah. Fight with all your might; fight your inner self, because the sole reason it is stopping you is that it knows you are on the right path.
Be Charitable. Avoid Gossip. Help the Deserving. Spend time with your friends and family. Be the best version of yourself.
7. Let the Ramadan Lessons Stay
Ramadan will leave but try your hardest to let what you learned to stay with you. Keep going to the mosque to pray with your Muslim brothers. Fast at least once every week. Keep reading Quran regularly, even if you do it for 5 minutes every day. Be kind. Be giving. And if you stumble, remember that Allah is watching.