13 reasons to do these 13 things this Ramadan!
Helpful suggestions, supplications and practices based on the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Ramadan is a time to return your heart to Allah and His Prophet (ﷺ). Set yourself an ambitious target for how much Qur'an you'll be reading, how much charity you will be giving, 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 to be our best, He doubles the rewards for every act of worship, and every bit of Sadaqah you give. This is the month when sins are erased so take full advantage.
Adopt Prophetic Eating Habits
The month of Ramadan, with its lavish iftar tables, brings with it the temptation of over indulge. 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.
You can find more information and tips on how to embrace 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)?
You may not be able to share your Iftar with friends and families but you can donate a meal to a needy cancer patient whose recovery depends on a healthy diet.
Feed a Patient at Shaukat Khanum Hospital with each iftar you enjoy this Ramadan.
Dedicate time to the Qur’an
The word of Allah (SWT) is food for the soul. And since we're all going to be at home 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 (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." –Sahih BukhariCalculate 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, while 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.
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 which involve an act of charity that will benefit others on an ongoing basis. Educating a child; installing a well or building a facility that provides an ongoing public service like a mosque, school or hospital are all 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)" –Sahih MuslimGive Sadaqah Jariyah
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 `Annii.
“O Allah, you are pardoning and generous. You love to forgive, so forgive me.” –Sunan al-Tirmidhī
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 its 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 [...] -BukhariGive Sadaqah
Not able to fast this Ramadan? It's upsetting to miss out on the joy and blessings of fasting, but Allah (SWT) has given those who cannot fast a way to make compensate for them. Fidyah is for people who have a valid reason for not fasting, such as 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 2:184Read more about Fitrana, Fidyah and Kaffarah
Do I'tikaf at Home
One of the Prophet's (ﷺ) practices was to observe I'tikaf 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. This year, 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.
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 it's 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.” –Sahih Muslim; Sahih 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.” –Sahih BukhariHow much is Fitrana in Ramadan 2021?
Why not inspire your friends and family? Download the hadiths from this page for free and send them as imaan boosting reminders to all your loved ones throughout the month.
Shaukat Khanum Hospital was built on the Zakat and Sadaqah of Imran Khan, and the thousands of donors who joined him to give hope of life to the poor.See our work