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How to Make the Most of Ramadan? Part 1

Fasting mends a Muslim to examine himself, identify his limits, and reform himself ambitiously. It is a month to renew our commitment to our creator, evolver, and fashioner.

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There is varying approach among the people to receive Ramadan. Some receive it by spending their time in their preferred activities. Some intend to receive it with laziness, idleness, sleeping, and sheer negligence to the acts of worship. Some people prefer to spend their time watching television. And for some it is time to stay up late at night, visiting friends, going to the markets, attending parties. While many people see it as an opportunity to binge eat and drink.

However, the case of a true believer is quite different when it comes to receiving Ramadan. An upright and guided believer welcomes Ramadan with true repentance and a strong desire to take advantage of Allah’s special mercy and kindness bestowed on him during this holy month. He sees Ramadan as an opportunity to devote his time to doing what is good and useful, as well as correcting his mistakes and becoming a more disciplined human being.

For a true believer, Ramadan is a month of introspection. It is a path to piety, spiritual elevation, and becoming more conscientious, according to him. He maintains control over his behavior and attitude. He strives to become more aware and mindful of all aspects of his daily life, including his values, actions, and life choices.

Ramadan is the month when introspection among Muslims ought to be deepest. With the return of this month each year, a Muslim must practice and develop his understanding of what Ramadan teaches him, which is kindness, tolerance, humanity, and dignity. Fasting from sunrise to sunset represents spiritual cleansing, a struggle to become closer to God, and an attempt to gain a better understanding of human suffering. Fasting mends a Muslim to examine himself, identify his limits, and reform himself ambitiously. It is a month to renew our commitment to our creator, evolver, and fashioner.

So, how can you make the most of this month? How to approach Ramadan in order to make it the best and most memorable. What should be done to reap the benefits of this blessed month?

Here are a few pointers to help believers make the most of this opportunity to reflect, develop, and grow spiritually.

Treat this Ramadan as if it is the last one:

The best way to make the most of Ramadan’s blessings is to approach it as if it is your last. No one can guarantee that you will see Ramadan next year, so you should plan accordingly for this year’s Ramadan. Consider that this is your last opportunity to fast, perform tarawih in jama’at (congregation), and recite the Holy Qur’an.

With this type of mindset, you are bound to feel an urgency. And with urgency comes focus and determination. When you realize that this is your final Ramadan and your last chance to repent to your Lord and seek His forgiveness for all your sins, your priorities will shift immediately. A shift in the quality of your ibadah will be beneficial. More khushoo(submissiveness) will be added to your prayers. Your approach to reciting the Quran and comprehending its ayah will shift.

Set goals:

We are all aware that goal setting is critical to achieving our objectives. We set goals for ourselves, whether they are personal resolutions, performance targets, or plans for a better future for our children. Despite the importance of goal setting, we seldom use it in religious matters. As a result, we frequently fail to achieve the desired results. Therefore, a Muslim needs to take the time to set some goals for himself during this month. Then devise an appropriate plan to determine how he intends to fulfill them.

Eliminate distractions:

Attaining goals will not be possible without sacrifices and trade-offs. There are numerous distractions, such as television, idle conversations with our friends, and social media use, that take up a significant amount of our time and prevent us from doing what is most important to us. If we do not put an end to our daily distractions and allow them to continue throughout the month, we will deprive ourselves of the immense blessings and bounties that are there for us to take.

Repent and turn to Allah:

Repenting from sins is an act which Almighty likes the most. {Believers, turn together, all of you, to Allah in repentance that you may attain true success.} [An-Nur 24:31]

Because we are all human, we make mistakes and then repent and seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty. There is no better time to repent than during Ramadan. We are going through a difficult period. When one considers the current state of affairs for Muslims, one gets petrified to learn that they are being oppressed and targeted in every corner of the globe. Their sacred sites are being demolished, their privacy is being violated, the Quran’s veracity is being called into question, and the Prophet is being mocked. As a consequence, it is unavoidable for us to reflect on ourselves and keep our actions in constant check, and to be reminded of what Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” {Room 30:41}

Be reminded, O you who put off repentance and returning to Allah, that life is so unpredictable that the order to leave can come at any time. There is no guarantee that you will ever have another opportunity like this again in your life. Despite this, you continue to disobey Him. Are you not afraid of receiving His angels of death while you are careless and inattentive? You can’t expect repentance if you’re still following Shaytan’s lead. It is past time for you to return to Him in earnest. When he commits sins, a wise Muslim prefers to repent. Allah Almighty is Oft-forgiving for the sins; “He extends His mercy in the night for the repentance of whomever committed sins in the day to forgive him, and extends His mercy in the day for the repentance of whomever committed sins in the night to forgive him.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Sincerity in acts:

Sincerity is the necessary requisite for the acceptance of deeds. Allah Almighty says:

{So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord} [Al-Kahf 18:110]

Fasting is one of the important acts of worship that trains Muslims to be sincere. The sincerity is not demonstrated in any act of worship as significantly as in fasting. A Muslim does this sincerely to Allah Almighty in order to gain His closeness and pleasure. So, the reward for fasting is also unique. The Prophet (ﷺ) 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. [Sahih al-Bukhari 7492]

Nurture Patience:

Ramadan is a month of patience. Abstaining from all kinds of customs and norms takes a lot of patience on the part of a Muslim. He abstains from eating, drinking, or engaging in any activity that is in defiance of Allah.

 {Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning} [Az-Zumar 39:10]

Patience is an attribute that every Muslim should strive for in his daily life. A Muslim must be patient in all aspects of life, including acts of worship and trials if he accepts them as a test from Allah Almighty and observes perseverance.

The importance of this attribute is strongly felt in the present time. Muslims are living in turbulent times. Their very existence is jeopardized. The enemies of Islam are deliberately fabricating conspiracies against Islam in order to provoke Muslims into taking irrational actions. Patience and prayer are recommended as effective mitigating tools when dealing with life’s adversaries.

. “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [Al Baqara 2:153]

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He graduated from Jamiatul Falah in 1997, completed M.Phil in 2003, Master of Arts in 2002, Bachelor of Arts in 2000 in Arabic Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Diploma in Modern Arabic in 1998 from Jamia Millia Islamia. He is currently working in United Arab Emirates as analyst for Quality, Excellence, Business Continuity Management, Occupational Health & Safety, EFQM Assessor, quality auditor and Translator and interpreter in government sector.

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