Best Ways To Spend Ramadan
Everyone is doing their best to make their life an ideal one, but what if I tell you that you are choosing the wrong direction?
Your life is not ideal; neither is this world. You face many hurdles, hardships, ups, and downs in this world. Because this is how life is. The right direction is Jannah, where you will live forever. There will be no hardship, no sorrow, and no worries. The ideal life is the life of Jannat-ul-Firdaws.
Put your efforts in the right direction. Make efforts to make your end beautiful and your destination beautiful. This world is temporary and your true destination is Jannat.
Allah has promised heaven for the believers, but everyone would have to pay for their deeds before entering paradise. However, Allah is forgiver and merciful. He likes to give and bless his people. Allah has given Muslims a genuine medium of achieving easy success i.e. Ramadan.
But it’s up to you how you spend and use Ramadan.
How To Make This Your Best Ramadan Ever!
Ramadan is the holy month. It has been blessed by Allah because it’s the month of forgiveness, blessings, and mercy. Allah captures Shaitan in Ramdan. The doors of the heavens open while the doors of hell get shut in the holy month of Ramadan.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Jannah are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Riyad as-Salihin 1220)
Unlucky are those who don’t utilize this month of blessings and mend their way to Jannah. If you don’t want to become one of them. Discover with me how to spend Ramadan in the best possible way. I’ll discuss only a few effective ways to make it easy for you.
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1- Fast with your complete body in Ramadan
Fasting is an obligatory deed in Ramadan. Muslims around the world fast in Ramadan but some of them lack the awareness of what actually fasting means.
Allah has mentioned, “صَوْمًا” (souman) and ”صِّيَامُ” (siyam) in different verses of the Quran. Both of these verses highlight the importance of fasting. Souman means to fast and not eat and drink till the iftar. While the siyam means to fast with a complete body.
فَكُلِى وَٱشْرَبِى وَقَرِّى عَيْنًا ۖ فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ ٱلْبَشَرِ أَحَدًا فَقُولِىٓ إِنِّى نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَـٰنِ صَوْمًا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ ٱلْيَوْمَ إِنسِيًّا
So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.'” (Al-Quran 19:26)
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous – (Al-Quran 2:183)
What does it mean to fast with the complete body?
It means to fast by stomach, tongue, eyes, hands, heart, and every part of the body. Siyam means to avoid lying, sin, backbiting, Zina, and all the condemned things while fasting.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
‘Whoever does not give up evil and ignorant speech, and acting in accordance with that, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 1689)
2- Get the blessings of I’tikaf in Ramadan
I’tikaf is beautiful worship. You get busy with your daily work and merely spend time with Allah. Yes, you can spend time with Allah. He may be invisible, but he’s always around you, helping you in every situation.
Do i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. It’s Sunnah and connects you with Allah. You leave all your work for i’tikaf and sit at one corner for the sake of Allah. Itikaf is a great medium to spend time with Allah and to strengthen your bond with Allah.
Itikaf’s blessings and rewards are uncountable. Can you hold all your works for 10 days for the sake of Allah?
Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar:
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. (Sahih al-Bukhari 2025)
3- Spend the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer
Lailat Al Qadr, also called the night of Qadr, is better than 1000s months nights. It’s the blessed night and has been hidden in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.
It is the night of forgiveness. Allah forgives everyone in this night except a few. How beautiful it would be if we can get the Lailat Al-Qadir. The best ways are to do i’tikaf, pray, and perform the best deeds in the last ten days of Ramadan.
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 2017)
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. (Al-Quran 97:1)
“Abu Hurairah narrated that:
The Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 5027)
4- Donate and invest in Ramadan
Zakat, saqda and other donations should be an essential part of every Muslim’s life. Allah likes to give, not take. He is the best giver. Whenever you spend in the way of Allah or donate to His People. Allah returns it to you after multiplying it several times.
If you want to prosper in life or your business, give some part of your total income in the way of Allah be it 1% or more. In return, Allah would bless you with so much happiness and rewards that it will become hard to contain all of it.
The rewards of every deed multiply in Ramadan. The same goes for Sadqa and zakat. Give Sadqa and zakat in Ramadan to receive amazing rewards in the world and hereafter.
Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him, you will be returned. (Al-Quran 2:245)
Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) then used to be more generous than the fast wind. (Sahih al-Bukhari 3554)
6- Blessings of Suhoor and Iftar in Ramadan
Fasting is an obligatory deed, but iftar and suhoor also hold an important place in Islam. Allah is so merciful that he gives us blessings even for eating the suhoor. Take suhoor even if you don’t feel the need because it’s the blessing of Allah.
Would you not take his blessing?
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said:
“Take Sahur, for in Sahur there is a blessing.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 2149)
Iftar is the time when one breaks fast for the sake of Allah. Take simple meals for iftar and give iftar food to needy people. Make dua during iftar and say Alhamdulillah for having enough food to break your fast because some Muslims fast without suhoor and iftar because of poverty.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah said: The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food, and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from Hell) and there are two pleasures for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari 7492)
7- Taraweeh Prayer in Ramdan
Pray Taraweeh. Many Muslims leave Taraweeh considering it unimportant. One can only pray Taraweeh in Ramadan, this highlights the importance of Taraweeh. Taraweeh is part of Ramadan’s blessings. One who does not offer Taraweeh misses the blessings of it.
It was narrated that Abu Dharr said:
Whoever prays Qiyam with the Imam until he finishes, Allah (SWT) will record for him the Qiyam of a (whole) night.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 1605)
How beautiful it is! You can get the reward of praying the whole night by only offering the Taraweeh. Pray Taraweeh to be connected with Allah.
8- Connect with Quran during Ramadan
What does it mean to be connected with the Quran?
It means reading it, respecting it, and understanding it. Quran is the book of Allah. Respecting it means respecting Allah. Reading and understanding it means listening and understanding the messages of Allah.
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