Productive Ramadan

It’s already the 5’th day of Ramadan! Can you believe it? This holy month is going by so fast,
we need to reap benefit from it before it’s all over. Here are some tips to maximize the benefit
we gain from Ramadan:

  1. Plan a Schedule
Ramadan is a blessing, but it has a time limit of 30 days. It is an opportunity not to be missed.
Make sure you schedule all the important acts of ibaadah, like reading Qur’an, praying salah
on time, praying taraweeh, and doing tahajjud. You should also schedule your school/work
activities so that they don’t interfere with your worship.
     2. Qur’an Recitation
Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.  During Ramadan, there is 70 times the reward for all good
deeds. This means that there is 700 good deeds for uttering a single letter during Ramadan.
This should be a huge incentive to take advantage of the gift Allah has given us, and read as
much Qur’an as possible.
    3. Prayers
Do your salah immediately after you hear the adhan. Sometimes, we delay our prayer without
any good reasons, and especially in Ramadan, when we are feeling hungry, thirsty, and tired.
Don’t delay salah just because you are fatigued, always do it on time.
     4. Don’t overeat
Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor and Iftar, to “make up for food missed”. However,
this practice is against the Sunnah. The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a
few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for
food, one-third for drink, and one-third for air.” (Tirmidhi)
     5. Purification of the Heart and Soul
Ramadan is a time to purify our heart and soul from all evil. For many of us, Ramadan has
become too much of a ritual, not a form of spiritual improvement. We fast from morning to
night, but we forget to smile at others or even use kind words. By the end of Ramadan, we
are supposed to have better character and get rid our bad habits. The Prophet (Sal Allahu
Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “He is doomed who sees the month of Ramadan come and go,
“Jibreel said to me, ‘May he be destroyed, who sees the month of Ramadan come and go
and he has not been forgiven’, and I said ‘Aameen’.”.

I hope that we make the most of Ramadan, and use the golden opportunity to improve our character
and get our du’a accepted.