We all know that the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is just around the corner. The question is how do you make the most out of this great month?
Although, many know Ramadan as a month in which Muslims are given a chance to worship and ask for forgiveness from Allah for all the things they’ve wronged themselves in the past, the month offers a lot more to those wanting to maximize the benefits.
To collect the highest rewards, one has to be fully disciplined in their fasting, prayer and daily activities during the month. It all begins from making preparations for Ramadan, both physically and spiritually.
Preparing for Ramadan
#1.Prepare your soul
Start your preparations by fasting some days in Shaa’baan, the month before Ramadan. Wake up earlier in the morning to pray and also read the Qur’an after Fajr. And most importantly, consider making Dhikr when you are waiting in line or when you have some free time. By doing this, you will be focusing your thoughts more on Allah the Almighty without being distracted by things happening around you. This way, you will get into Ramadan well prepared.
#2.Free your Mind
Don’t distract yourself by minor things and try and foster and make your mental clarity stronger. Always try and help others if you can and spend your time studying and reading the holy Qur’an and limit watching movies and other things that easily distracts from the worship of Allah.
Throughout Ramadan, always make an effort to organize and attend community Iftars and Taraweeh. Do not try to exclude yourself in the affairs of the community, especially if it is about Islam and Ramadan. Try to invite people who often get overlooked and focus on connecting and finding common ground with others in the community. Share the Ramadan experience with your community in order to make all your work valuable in the sight of Allah.
#4.Seek the Night of Power (Laylat al- Qadr)
The last ten days of Ramadan are especially important as the night of power (Laylat al-Qadr) is found during the last third of the month. According to the Quran, Surah 97 Verse 3:
The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months)
Therefore, devoting and spending your time praying and worshiping will make you get rewarded abundantly.
#5.Make positive changes in your life
Always praying and worshiping Allah during Ramadan will make you become closer to Allah and makes you want to continue this good deed of yours.