Preparing for Ramadan: 5 Practical Steps

Imam Tahir’s 5 Simple Steps to Prepare for Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches, we must begin thinking about how we can benefit most from the journey ahead of us. Here are five simple ways through which we can prepare for this blessed month:

  1. Intention (niyya): Make the sincere intention that you want this Ramadan to be sacred and special.
  2. Make a plan: Plan how you would like to spend each day this Ramadan. Postpone things that can be postponed, and focus on activities that will benefit you, insha’Allah, hereafter. Here are some examples: Set a target for how much Quran you will recite, and plan for when you will recite it. Set a target for how many prayers you will pray at the masjid, and plan how you will reach this target.
  3. Make a du’a list: Make a du’a list and include the following: a) your needs for this dunya; b) your needs for the hereafter; c) the needs of your family members and friends; d) the names of your friends and family members. A great book to have for du’as is Accepted Whispers.
  4. Serve (khidma): Go beyond yourself and your needs during Ramadan. Before Ramadan begins, find an avenue for community service so you can serve others throughout the month.
  5. Charity (sadaqa): Figure out how to spend less on yourself so you can spend more on the needy during Ramadan. Begin calculating your assets so that you are ready to pay for your zakat and sadaqah when Ramadan begins.

We pray to Almighty Allah that we are blessed with a fruitful and beneficial Ramadan, during which we may become closer to Allah. Ameen.

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