Ramadan Prep, Ramadan Tips and Ramadan Checklist
“When Ramaḍān comes, the gates of Jannah are thrown open, the doors of Jahannam are closed and the Shayāṭīn are imprisoned. ” (Al-Bukhārī)
This is a month of mercy and forgiveness and a month in which we can take huge leaps towards Jannatul Firdaus InshaAllah.
Tips for Preparation
1. Prepare a Dua List -
2. Try and make a habit of waking up for Tahajjud if you are able to.
"The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allah, Muharram." (Muslim)
"Every night Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala descends (to the heavens of the world) when it is the third of the last night.
He said: “Whoever calls me, I will allow his appeal. Whoever asks me, I allow his request. And whoever asks forgiveness of Me, I forgive him." (Bukhari and Muslim).
3. Decide the Charities you would like to support throughout the month and who your Zakat will go to -
Do your research and support Charities that speak to you. If you do have family members that need help, it may be a good time to support them also.
5. Dhikr List -
Make a dhikr list and decide how much of each Dhikr you will pray. Dhikr is a quick and easy way to gain rewards with very little time and effort. A great example of this is seen via the Hadith below:
Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,
“There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful:
`Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim’
Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.”
Al-Bukhari and Muslim
6. Try and plan an Iftar for loved ones -
This year will be slightly different but you can still meet and eat with 6 loved ones out doors. Or you can provide Ramadan Iftar boxes. Plan this ahead of time so it isn't too overwhelming on the day.
7. Up the recitation -
Try and recite more then you normally would a day so that you build some momentum for the month ahead.
8. Find a reliable Sirah book -
Alternatively listen to a good YouTube series which me and my family are currently going through. Making it a family exercise will help increase your bond InshaAllah.