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In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Merciful, I greet you all in
the spirit of the month of Ramadam which is expected to start tomorrow insha-Allah.
May Allah count us among those that will observe it and many more of it in life.

Ramadan, the month of the Qur'an, represents an invaluable opportunity for
all believers to recharge the batteries of faith and draw close to their
Lord. A wise Muslim should be keen to make best use of these blessed
moments. If Muslims are unable to undistractedly focus on the hereafter all
the time, let them at least do so during this short, yet boundlessly
blessed, period of time. Below are some tips on how to boost your spirit
during this longed-for month:

1- Du`a'
Ask Almighty Allah to make this the most inspiring, spiritually uplifting
Ramadan you have ever had. Allah is the Only Who can make this happen and
complete reliance on Him completely is the major step in boosting our
spirits.

2- Clear Your Mind

Turn off the TV, the computer, your cell phone, iPod, Facebook, twitter, etc.
You need not do so all day long, but for at least some minutes a day. Find a
quiet place where you can close your eyes, remember your Lord and think
deeply about your relationship with Him. At first, your mind will swirl with
the useless and not-so-useful thoughts in your head. Force them away and
focus your thought during these few minutes on three things: Almighty Allah,
your purpose in life, and whether you are making due efforts to achieve that
purpose. Do this every day of Ramadan, if you can. Should this be not
possible, do it at least three times a week.

3- Learn About Great Muslim Figures
Even if you have read it or listened to it before, again read or listen to
`Abdul-Wahid Hamid's Companions of the Prophet during this Ramadan. Read
about or listen daily to a Companion's story. Well-written and short, these
stories inform us in a wonderful way about these noble personalities and
about how they maintained the strength of their faith against incredible
odds. What a sure-fire spirituality booster!

4- Connect to the Qur'an
The noble Qur'an is the means whereby Almighty Allah talks to us. Indeed, it
is the most important key to spiritual upliftment. During this Ramadan,
connect to the Qur'an in a new way. If you already recite the Qur'an
regularly, you can choose a new theme to focus on or select a particular
Surah you have not read for a while. If, however, you are not a frequent
reader of the Qur'an, you can start by reciting it for only two minutes a
day; recite from the first page you encounter when you open the mushaf (copy
of the Qur'an). It is also recommended that you keep a Qur'anic journal in
which you can record your reflections, questions, thoughts, etc., about what
you recite.

5- Take Care of Others
Whether it is a person who is away from his family, a person who is having
problems with his or her spouse or kids, or fellow students struggling with
their grades, make an extra effort this Ramadan to help others out. The
spiritual boost you get in return is well worth it.

6- Feed the Hungry

While your stomach shrieks in protest, give that panhandler some change,
volunteer at a soup kitchen, get involved with your local food pantry or
make a couple of bag lunches to give to the hungry you meet on your way to
school or work.

7- Give Up One Lifelong Bad Habit
Ask yourself what your fundamental defining traits are. Then decide which is
the worst of them. Is it a hot temper? Apathy? Laziness? Impatience?
Whatever it may be, utilize this Ramadan to get rid of it. Practice the
opposite of this bad habit of yours every day until the end of the month. By
then, in sha' Allah, you will look back and be amazed at the change you have
made for the better.

8- Use Those Nights of Power
The last ten nights or Ramadan are not called the Nights of Power for
nothing. Use these precious times for deep, heartfelt du`aa', self-analysis,
reflection and serious thought

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 10, 2010 10:01 PM »

I'll add some more things here and hope others will add some too...


- Your Ramadan will flat out sux if you sit back and do nothing and expect your Ramadan to be this amazing/spiritual/religious experience. Ramadan is for YOU to actually participate and do things and gain the reward from it.

- You have to make the time to attend Taraweehs. It really changes the whole focus of Ramadan from Iftar parties and whatever to something wholly for God.

- Do NOT eat a lot. Seriously don't make up for not eating during the day. Try to pretend you're an ascetic.

- Make an effort to DO things, like make food for people with problems, health issues, a lot of kids, don't have a lot of money, sick, elderly etc. Even a batch of cookies, things like that. Visit people who are in the hospital. Every community has Muslims who are sick. Give some converts/students rides to the Masjid for Iftar. Don't sit back. Do stuff.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 11, 2010 01:54 PM »

As salaamu alaikum. Thanks for shining more light on how to approach Ramadan. It's very helpful. Last year i became muslim half way through Ramadan, as did my wife. (we got married right after Ramadan ended) we now have a son so it's my wife's and my first WHOLE ramadan, and my son's first ramadan. You brought up a lot of good points that i had not thought of, especially the journal to reflect on my thoughts and what i've studied. May Allah give you both the best rewards for your words.
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