Improving Your Ramadan Experience: Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually
The countdown has begun and we have less time until the holy month of the year, Ramadan ! although Ramadan is our favorite month, it is usually accompanied by some struggles to some of us. Our daily habits are radically altered, and our bodies require a few days to adjust, but surely, they will adapt. Only one method to make it easier is to concentrate on the month’s blessings.
There is no doubt that Ramadan is an ideal opportunity for new beginnings. It is a time for us to halt and think, to break bad habits and replace them with good ones, to enhance our acts of worship and good deeds, and to develop self-discipline – all for Allah SWT’s sake.
The month of Ramadan is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an as follows: “The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Qur’an was sent down as guidance to mankind, with manifest proofs of guidance and the Distinguisher.” Holy Qur’an (2:185)
Without any further intro, let’s jump right into our 5 tips to keep you organized and focused on blessings during this greatest month.
Plan in advance.
Planning and application are two aspects of time management. There isn’t much to apply without appropriate planning, and the consequence is another Ramadan that flies by. Don’t make this a Ramadan to remember. You just have a few weeks to plan things correctly, so let’s get to work on our strategies right away.
Plan For Prayer
Prayer is such an essential part of Ramadan. Apart from the daily five prayers, Muslims recite the Taraweeh prayer also called the Night prayer.
It is good to pray at the mosque during this holy month, however, it may be more difficult due to the pandemic. So, ensure you Make a location in your home where you can pray Taraweeh. It doesn’t have to be fancy, simply, having a clean and tidy space in your home with a wonderful prayer mat and beads ( Find some of them here ) will make you want to pray.
Plan For Quran
Ramadan is the month of the Quran and so it is apparent that time must be dedicated to this holy guidebook. We shouldn’t just recite it during prayer but recite it and study it beyond that. And while we attempt to read it as much as possible during these holy days, let us also make applying the principles presented in this holy manual for mankind. And sure, this will have a longer-lasting effect on one’s Iman and Taqwa.
What keeps us alive is water, oxygen, food, and sleep! You won’t be able to achieve your objectives if you are tired, weak, stressed, or sleep-deprived. So, you should get adequate sleep, eat healthily, and remain hydrated to maintain a healthy pace and take care of your body.
The average person requires 6-8 hours of sleep per night, so make sure you get enough of it. Eat healthier food for both Suhour and Iftar, and avoid sweet and oily items. Find out what foods give you the most energy and eat more of them. Drink a lot of water before going to bed to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Give Charity ( Zakat )
Ramadan is a time for charity and giving. These attributes are greatly endorsed in Islam which gives immense importance to compassion and helping others. Muslims are urged and encouraged to share and distribute what they have been given to others who are less fortunate. When you give charity, it is not only beneficial for those who receive it, you are also gaining the pleasure of Allah.
The holy month will be over before you know it. Inshallah, you’ll have emptied every last drop of honey