By: zaghra savahl
If you’re looking for ways to prepare for Ramadan, then you’ve come to the right place. The Holy Month of Ramadan is approaching at a rapid pace and we’re here to help you get Ramadan ready and maximize one of the most important acts of Ibadah. Find out how below.
1. Mentally prepare yourself
Make sure you have an Islamic calendar so that you are aware of when the month of Ramadan starts and ends. In this way, you can start mentally preparing yourself. The first thing you should do is make Dua for you and your family to be granted the ability to witness the month of Ramadan. Many people, especially during the pandemic, did not get to witness last year’s Ramadan. When Allah (SWT) grants you another day to live, it is best to make the most of your blessings and prepare well for it.
If you have a planner, start listing your goals on how you can make the most of this year’s Ramadan. Have a schedule where you start engaging with Ayahs relating to the month of Ramadan. A tool to help you with reflection can help. Read books and articles and watch videos relating to Ramadan and the significance thereof.
2. Settle your Fasting debts of the previous Ramadan
As women, we are exempted from Fasting during our period. However, we need to repay the days that we missed before the following Ramadan. Whether you incorporate your monthly cycle in your planner to keep track of the days you missed, or you have an app that will help you remember, it is one of the obligations that needs to be fulfilled before we start the current Ramadan. The Fasting days that we pay in also helps prepare our mind and body to adjust to Fasting.
3. Plan for success
In Islam, our success is measured based on seeking the pleasure of Almighty Allah (SWT) and striving for success in the Hereafter. This Dunya is temporary and every action that we do needs to be done for the sake of Allah (SWT). Something that can help you attain success is to plan for it. Planning for the month of Ramadan will put you in the right frame of mind. As we Fast during the day, Suhoor and Iftar needs to be planned for, so that we can reserve our energy during the day. This means planning for meals that are nutritious and have a slow release of energy. For Acts of Ibadah, write down the daily good deeds you wish to engage in. This could be setting aside money for charity, or making sure you have a Salah and Dua tracker to make sure you remain consistent.
4. Incorporate Ramadan and Eid activities in your diary
Sometimes our daily life activities can be overwhelming and it consumes us. Make sure you incorporate all your Ramadan and Eid activities in your planning so that you can adjust accordingly. This could be that you need to reschedule meeting times so that it doesn’t clash with Iftar or setting reminders for you to put in leave at work for Eid. A Daily Planner that you go through every day will make sure you make your Deen a priority in a busy life.
What are some of the things you do to prepare for Ramadan? What are some tools you use that helps?