13 reasons to do these 13 things this Ramadan!
Here's 13 reasons to do these 13 things this Ramadan! This list is packed with useful tips, supplications and practices based on the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Are you ready to return your heart to Allah and His Prophet (ﷺ), this Ramadan? Then set yourself an ambitious target of how much Qur'an you'll be reading, how many people you'll be feeding, and how many nights you'll wake for tahajjud. In the month of blessings, Allah (SWT) makes it easier for us to do good deeds. And if that's not motivation enough to be our best, He doubles the rewards for every act of worship we perform and every bit of Sadaqah we give. This is the month when sins are erased. Don't miss your chance to make the most of it. Start off with these 13 things...
When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. (Bukhari)
Adopt Prophetic Eating Habits
The month of Ramadan, with its lavish iftar tables, brings with it the temptation to overindulge. But this is neither healthy nor in line with the Prophet's sunnah. Moderation is key to a healthy diet and the prophetic tradition highlights this. The Prophet (ﷺ) is known to have said that if a believer must fill his stomach, then he/she should do so with:
one-third of food, one third for drink and one third for air. (Sahih)
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was the best of mankind, and his lifestyle is what all Muslims aspire to. Take advantage of the month of fasting to do as the Prophet (ﷺ) did: eat clean, eat quality, and eat little when you're not fasting.
O Nafi’! Don’t let this man enter my house, for I heard the Prophet saying, “A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (unbeliever) eats in seven intestines (eats much food).” (Bukhari)
Read our guide to embracing prophetic health this Ramadan by clicking here.
Feed the poor
The month of Ramadan is a good time to re-base and reset our relationship with food, and in doing so, remember those who need food more than us. We all know that many sahabah and prophets could not bring themselves to eat unless they shared their meal with a poor person. So when was the last time you fed someone for Allah (SWT)?
Ibn ‘Umar never used to take his meal unless a poor man was called to eat with him [...] (Bukhari)
Now is the time to feed people who need and deserve to be fed the most. Why not donate a meal to a needy cancer patient, at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, whose recovery depends on a healthy diet?
Can you share your food this Ramadan by giving £5 for every iftar you have?FEED A CANCER PATIENT
Dedicate time to the Qur’an
The word of Allah (SWT) is food for the soul. This Ramadan, set aside as much time as possible to feed your soul in the company of the Qur'an. Even slow Arabic readers can dedicate time each morning, before or after fajr, to read more than usual. If you can’t read in Arabic, read the transliteration and translation. Download it onto your smart phone or mp3 player and listen to it throughout the day, while you're busy with other chores.
The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: “O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.” The Qur'an will say: “I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.” And their intercession will be accepted. (Ahmad)
Pay your Zakat
Did you know that Muslim communities in the past paid their Zakat before Ramadan so that the poor could spend the holy month with ease and without worry? The Arabic word ‘Zakat’ literally means ‘to cleanse’ or ‘that which purifies.’ As the third pillar of Islam, Zakat is an obligatory charity and mandatory for all Muslims whose income and/or savings are above a set minimum amount called the Nisab.
Invite the people to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I am Allah's Messenger (ﷺ), and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah has enjoined on them five prayers in every day and night (in twenty-four hours), and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah has made it obligatory for them to pay the Zakat from their property and it is to be taken from the wealthy among them and given to the poor. (Bukhari)Calculate your Zakat with our Zakat Guide and Calculator Pay your Zakat
Recite lots of Salawat
Salawat is the invocation of peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Reciting it is a beautiful way to remember and connect with the Messenger who was sent to us as a mercy to all mankind. Like dhikr, this is something you can do throughout the day, while engaged with other tasks. It's also something sisters can do when menstruating prevents them from fasting and prayer. There are numerous hadiths about the benefits of reciting Salawat, and its importance is highlighted in the Holy Qur’an as follows:
Verily, God and His angels bless the Prophet: [hence,] “O you who have attained to faith, bless him and give yourselves up [to his guidance] in utter self-surrender!” (Holy Qur’an 33:56)
Give Charity and Forgive Others
Ramadan is the month of generosity and giving, both of which come in many forms. The rewards for giving charity in the form of Sadaqah are multiplied exponentially in this month. Meanwhile forgiving your brother/sister and humbling yourself to extend the olive branch of reconciliation is as much an act of generosity as giving to charity.
Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives another except that Allah increases his honour, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises his status. (Muslim)
Give Sadaqah Jariyah
This is a lasting charity from which the giver will continue to reap blessings and rewards even after he/she has passed away. There a various forms of Sadaqah Jariyah but it always involves an act of charity that will benefit others over a number of years. Educating a child; installing a well; building a facility that provides an ongoing public service like a mosque, school or hospital are forms of Sadaqah Jariyah.
When a man passes away, his good deeds will also come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased). (Muslim)
Join us in building Shaukat Khanum Karachi, with your Sadaqah Jariyah this Ramadan. Every brick you give will be a ray of hope, and blessings for your life and hereafter. Find out more about our Karachi hospital appeal.Give Sadaqah Jariyah to Karachi Hospital
Ramadan is a month of blessings when the reward for our good deeds is multiplied by 70, and our sins are also forgiven. It is the best time in the Islamic calendar to seek forgiveness. So don't despair about your sins and mistakes because Allah (SWT) is most forgiving, most merciful, and He loves to forgive. According to a hadith reported by Aisha (ra), the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) advised her to pray as follows on the Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr):
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).’ [Bukhari]
Be more Generous
Ramadan is the month of selflessness, when we forgo food, drink and often even sleep to draw nearer to our Lord. But another way to gain the love of Allah (SWT) is through service to His servants. And there is no easier time to give willingly and generously than when your heart has been softened in the month of blessings. So, give what you can in whatever form, whether it’s Sadaqah for the needy, time with your family, or even a smile or kind word to someone.
The Messenger of Allah, (ﷺ) was the most generous of people and he was even more generous in Ramadan (Bukhari)Give Sadaqah
Can’t fast this Ramadan? It's upsetting to miss out on the joy and blessings of fasting, but Allah (SWT) has given those of us who miss fasts in Ramadan a way to offer compensation for them. Fidyah is for people who have a valid reason for not fasting, like illness, pregnancy, or old age. It involves paying to provide another’s daily sustenance for every fast that they miss.
Fast a certain number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] - then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] - a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. (Holy Qur’an 2:184)Read more about Fitrana, Fidyah and Kaffarah
Do I'tikaf at Home
One of the Prophet's (ﷺ) practices was to observe i’tikaf (seclusion in the masjid) on the last ten days of Ramadan. This is when a person retreats from unnecessary communication and worldly preoccupations and dedicates his/her time entirely to worship. As we emerge from Covid-19, i'tikaf is something more of us can perform in our homes. It's also a good opportunity to encourage and inspire other members of our family too. So set the world aside and give this time to connect with Allah as you strive in worship with greater dedication.
A'isha (RA) reported that when the last ten nights began Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) kept awake at night (for prayer and devotion), wakened his family, and prepared himself to observe prayer (with more vigour). (Muslim)
You can find more tips and hadiths about this with our 10 reasons to do more in the last 10 days of Ramadan guide here.
Do your Night Prayers
Also known as Tahajjud, the voluntary Night Prayer is usually performed in the last third of the night (although its time extends between Isha and Fajr). There are numerous hadiths about the excellence of the Night Prayer but performing it in the month of Ramadan comes with greater blessings.
Whoever stands in the night prayer during Ramadan out of faith and seeking his reward, then all of his previous sins will be forgiven. (Muslim; Bukhari)
Don't forget to give your Fitrana
Zakat ul-fitr, also commonly known as ‘Fitrana’, is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting. It is important that Fitrana reaches the poor in time for Eid. So, the earlier you give yours, the better!
Allah's Apostle made it incumbent on all the slave or free Muslims, male or female, to pay one Sa' of dates or barley as Zakat ul-Fitr. (Bukhari)Pay Fitrana £5
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