Are you Ready for Ramadan?
Before embarking on a journey, most travellers will prepare for it either physically or mentally. Since Ramadan is just around the corner, here is a quick checklist to better prepare ourselves for this journey of test…..Let’s start from head to toe:-
1. Head (Brain)
Are our minds clear on what are we expected or required to do and why?
a. YES. (it’s the third pillar of ISLAM and to seek ALLAH’s mercy and love).
b. NO.. (check again..!! This is not a joke!).
Are we ready to even lower our gazes further?..
a. YES.. (Hopefully, our eyes will be “shut” to anything “haram” even more than our normal days)…
b. NO… (please get hold of a blindfold!)..
Are we ready not to listen to anything but only good such AL QURAN recital, religious speeches etc.?
a. YES.. (All radio and television programmes are tuned to ISLAMIC channels).
b. NO… (Earplug anybody?).
Are we going to blabber unnecessarily?
a. YES.. (Silence is golden applied here).
b. NO… (Allhumdulilah, only Quranic verses will come out from the mouth this Ramadan!..SURE?..TRY no harm trying, Insha’Allah).
Are we doing it for the sake of ALLAH SWT alone or are we doing it to loose weight?..
a. YES… (Only ALLAH will know our true “niat” (our intentions) and feeling).
b. NO…. (Throw that weighing scale, diet manual, exercise machine…clean your heart and focus)..
Are we going to give alms, zakat and be helpful (lending a hand)..?
a. YES.. (Allhumdulilah, make sure what the right hand gives the left hand does not know).
b) NO… (Cut your hand..(KIDDING)..ISLAM is not cruel! Just do not do any harm to others with your hands).
7. Private Part (Sex)
Lets keep this very private..however for those who are married please exercise restrain? Those who are not married …DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (period!)..
a. YES.. (Allhumdulilah fasting is not only avoiding eating or drinking but to curb our other lusts too).
b. NO… (I do not know what to say….will chastity belts for both men and women do?)..
Are we going an extra mile to make sure our legs are going to ferry us to and fro the mosque?
a. YES.. (Every step to the mosque is a blessing for us).
b. NO… (get ready the chain..?).
Now if your answers are all YES (except for question 4) then you are ready to embark on this “tough” 30 days journey…..If not please go to your nearest convenient store and do a restocking fast!!
I wish all Muslims the best of IMAN and happy travelling. Rasulullah saw ever mentioned that there are some who fast but gain nothing, only hunger and thirst..we do not want to
be in these category.
A Ramadan Checklist
1. Ask Allah to enable you to reach Ramadan and to get the most out of it as the Salaf used to do.
2. Intend to fast every day with Iman and pure intention seeking the reward from Allah alone. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadan with Iman and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (Bukhari)
3. Read the whole Qur’an at least once as the Prophet peace be upon him did.
4. Have Suhoor as the Prophet peace be upon him said, “Have Suhoor because it is blessed”.
5. Make Du’a during the fast because the Prophet peace be upon him said that three people’s supplication is not rejected one of them is the fasting person. Ask for the good of this life and the next for yourself, your family and Muslims in general.
6. Make Dua before opening the fast. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “The fasting person has a supplication that is answered when he opens his fast”.
7. Give Sadaqah and be good to people. The Prophet peace be upon him was the most generous of people and he was most generous in Ramadan.
8. Avoid anything that diminishes the fast such as, lying, backbiting, cheating, getting angry. The Prophet peace be upon him said “Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [Bukhari] 9. Do not eat too much after Iftar.
10. Ask for forgiveness since this is the month Allah frees people from the fire.
11. Pray At-Tarawih with Khushoo. If you pray in the Masjid complete the Salah with the Imam. If you pray at home prolong the Salah as long as you can. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever prays during Ramadan with Iman and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”.
12. Feed the poor and invite others for Iftar. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever gives Iftar to someone fasting he will have the same reward without decreasing the reward of the person fasting”.
13. Try harder the last ten nights especially the odd nights. The prophet would strive in Ramadan more than he would in any other month and more so in the last ten days.
14. Say this Dua in the nights that Laitul-Qadr is likely to fall on: Allhumma innaka afuwun tuhibbul-afwa fa’fu anni (O Allah you are Forgiving and love forgiveness so forgive me).
15. Ask Allah to accept all your good actions during this month.