12 Ways to Maximise everyday of Ramadan


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Shaʿban: Preparation For Ramadan

Each year we are reminded that this Ramaḍān may be our final one. We also often remember those who were here last year but have passed on to Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) since then.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Ramaḍān, by the will of Allah, is the lifeline we desperately need: patience through fasting, tranquillity through the night prayer, purification through repentance, comfort through du‘ā’ and contentment through dhikr.

For this Ramaḍān to be our best, we should start preparing now, spiritually but also physically. The month of Shaʿbān is akin to the sunnah prayers. The sunnah prayers help us to get into the ‘mode’ of Salāḥ and prepare us for the farḍ prayers. By preparing in Shaʿbān, we are more likely to taste the sweetness of fasting and qiyām in Ramaḍān.

The following are some of the ways in which we can prepare for this momentous month:

1. Start fasting, especially if you have qada fasts

2. Increase in your recitation of the Qur’an

3. Start praying at night

4. Give charity

5. Start reading/listening to something which will boost your iman

6. Clear your heart

7. Hold yourself to account

8. Purify yourself before Ramadan by seeking forgiveness

9. Make a change in your routine

10. Draw up your Ramadan timetable

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