There’s still time to take advantage of these last precious days and nights of the holy month of Ramadan. Follow these tips to get the most out of this blessed month.
- Write out a dua’ list and use it regularly. Also memorize your favorite duaas to repeat during and after prayers. It was narrated by al-Tirmidhi, who classed it as saheeh, that ‘A’ishah said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”
- Try to perform I’tikaf. While it might not be possible to spend all 10days in the masjid, make a sincere effort to spend as much time as you can there. Make intention for nawaful i’tikaf when you enter the masjid to multiply your blessings.
- Try to give daily charity, no matter how small of a kind act.
- Pray Salatul Ishraq/Duha . Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Whosoever offers his morning (fajr) prayer in congregation, then remains seated making the dhikr of Allah until the sun rises, and thereafter offers two rak’ats, they will receive the reward of performing a Hajj and Umrah.” (Sunan Tirmidhi, no: 586)
- You might be behind with your Quran reading goals, but don’t try to rush to finish it. Rather keep reading regularly to contemplate and appreciate each message we get from our holy book.
- Pray Taraweeh and Qiyam ul layl as much as possible, even if it’s just a few rakaat at your house. Any deeds from Maghrib until Fajr on Laylatul Qadr are multiplied immensely, so do not miss this generous opportunity.
- Organize a qiyam with a group of friends – take turns leading prayers, discussions of tafsir, and reciting dhikr.
- Eat light – the first days of Iftar excitement are behind us, so use this opportunity to eat lighter and focus on more important things. But do keep eating suhoor, even if it’s only dates and water. And stay hydrated!
- Spend your time wisely. We tend to lose steam during the last third of Ramadan. Don’t fall into the trap of wasting time- these holy days only come once a year.
- Prepare for Eid as early as possible! That means any clothing shopping, event preparation, and gift buying. Instead of late night shopping sprees, cherish the last few nights of Ramadan for what they are – an immense blessing.
Have a blessed Ramadan and a Happy Eid from SHUKR