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[Welcoming Ramadhan Series] #1: Plan Ahead

A crecent moon can be seen over palm trees at ...

A crecent moon can be seen over palm trees at sunset in Manama, Bahrain, marking the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just like a long lost & dear friend, there is so much anticipation already for the arrival of the special month of FastingRamadhan. It seems like only  yesterday when we enjoyed the days and nights of Ramadan & Eid celebration.

Yet a full cycle has gone by, 11 months of the lunar calendar. Amazingly true, though quite scary – how our lives move through the changing of days into nights and nights into day.

Ramadhan is packed with so many blessings – the merits and goodness of which are too many to detail here. We can reap it’s many benefits by preparing from now. And as it’s commonly chanted ”He who fails to plan, plans to fail”. One of the best preparations is to fast a lot in the preceding month of Sha’ban which we are presently witnessing.

Having a planner is advisable;  to detail your Ramadhan activities; While keeping in mind how best to optimise the day and night times, and also putting in mind family and work responsibilities. It is not uncommon for the month to go pass with many people filled with regrets, because they slept through the nights and ate too much at the time of breaking their fast and probably also slept or chatted through the daytimes.

Why not pick 2-3 habits to develop during this month such as daily recitation of the Qur’an, daily night prayers (tahajjud), daily charity and striving to button those lips.

We must strive to avoid all backbiting, false words/acts in trying to safeguard our limbs and tongue from all sinful acts during this month but especially beginning from this very moment.

Our beloved Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said in regard to that, ”For he who does not leave off saying falsehood and acting upon it, Allah has no need for him to leave his food and drink.” [Bukhari and Ahmed].

What a beautiful advice! Whether in this coming month or outside of it.

Ramadhan help builds a worthy character and if we strive hard enough, we could reform our ways easily in this month. We should all plan to perform as much worship as possible in Ramadhan and especially in the last ten days.

Start working on a Ramadhan planner today or get a readymade one to ease your task.

So many who reaped the fruits of last Ramadhan will not make it to experience this year’s fasting. If you make it to this coming Ramadhan; try to make it your most Amazing Ramadhan.

Let’s welcome this special month by planning ahead and reminding others to do the same. There is so much goodness for everyone to benefit from and In Sha Allah (God Willing), an opportunity reform our characters and strengthen our relationship with our Creator.

And let us remember the wisdom behind fasting; as found in the Qur’an – where Allah declared ”O you who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may remain conscious of God”. [Q2. V183]

On your mark, let’s countdown to an Amazing Ramadhan!

Amazingly Useful Resources

1. The ULTIMATE Ramadan Planner

2. Heart wheel journal

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