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A Quick preparation  for RAMADAN



1. Start reading Quran daily

 after Salat al-Fajr.


2.Spend some time listening

to recitations from the Quran.


3.Train yourself to go bed early so that

 you can wake up far Salat al-Fajr.


4.Keep yourself in a state of Wudu
(Ablution) most of the time.


5.Evaluate yourself daily before going bed.


6.Thank Allah for good deeds,
and repent to Him for your
mistakes and sins.


7.Start giving Sadaqah daily,
 no matter how little.
Make it a habit like eating and drinking.


8.Find time to pray extras,
such as Tahajjud prayers.


9.Spend more time reading Islamic books,
 especially the Quran,  Hadith, and Fiqh.


10.Find time to help others with your wisdom,
 knowledge and other talents.


11. Try to write articles on Islam for
 Muslims as well as for non-Muslims.


12.Associate with Muslim scholars / ulama
and other pious people so that you may
 learn from them.


13.Train yourself to do good,
render free service to others to seek
the pleasure of Allah.


What to avoid


1. Avoid/reduce watching TV; instead spend
more time reading the Quran and
other Islamic literature.

(Even after RAMZAN)


2. Avoid looking at unlawful pictures,

whether magazines,

department store catalogs or otherwise.

(Even after RAMZAN)


3.Spend free time in Masajid,
Islamic organizations and make
 that a daily habit.

(Even after RAMZAN)


4 .If you smoke, try to reduce daily usage;
 otherwise Ramadan will be very
 difficult for you to observe. 

(Even after RAMZAN)


5 .If you have friends who do not practice
the teaching of Islam,
try to avoid socializing with them.

(Even after RAMZAN)


6 . If you travel a lot on business,
try to do more local business,
so you can be more closer to your family
and community.

(Even after RAMZAN)


7 . If you are used to staying up till midnight,
 try to go to bed earlier,
so that you will be able to wake up
early for Salat al-Fajr and Tahajjud
prayers as well.

(Even after RAMZAN)




"Time is not money or gold;
 it is life itself and is limited.
You must begin to appreciate
every moment of your life and
 always strive to make the best use of it."



A Quick Checklist


1. Make a resolve to win the maximum
 favor of Allah by performing extra
Voluntary prayers (Nawaafil),
making frequent Dua and increased
remembrance (Dhikr).


2. Try to recite some Holy Quran
after every Prayer.
In fact if you read 3-4 pages after
every Prayer you can easily finish
the entire Quran in Ramadan!


3. Study the Tafseer (commentary)
every morning.


4. Invite a person you are not very
 close with or your relatives to
 your home for Iftaar, at least once a week
 (Weekend). You will notice the
blessings in your relationships!


5. Bring life to your family!
 Everyday, try to conclude the
 fast with your family and spend
 some quality time together to understand
each other better.


6. Give gifts on Eid to at least 5 people:
 2 to your family members,
2 to your good friends,
and 1 to a person whom you love purely
 for the sake of Allah.


7.  Make commitment to join Islamic
study circles to learn more about Islam
and improve your own life.


8. Donate generously to the Masajid,
 Islamic organizations, and any where
 people are in need or oppressed.
"Because Ramadan, is a month of sharing!"


9. Share month of Ramadan and its
teachings of peace and patience with
your neighbors.


10.Sleep little, eat little! Make sure
 you do not defeat the purpose of fasting
by over-indulging in food and being lazy.


11.Seek the rare and oft-neglected
 rewards of the night better than 1000 months
 ( Laylatul-Qadr / Shab-e-Qadr) .


12.Weep in private for the forgiveness
of your sins: Ramadan is the month
of forgiveness and Allah's Mercy!
It's never too late.


13. Learn to control your tongue
 and lower your gaze.
Remember the Prophet's (pbuh)
warning that lying, backbiting,
and a lustful gaze all violate
 the Ramadan fast!


14. Encourage others to enjoin
 and love goodness, and to abandon
everything that Allah dislikes.

 Play the role of a Da'ee (one who invites to Allah)
 with zeal, passion, and sympathy.


15.Experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers
 late at night and devote yourself purely
and fully to Allah in the Itikaf retreat
during the last 10 days of Ramadan



Continue the above practice till

next Ramadan and so on

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