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Things One Can Do in Ramadan

September 27, 2006

kr’s note: This was originally posted last year. Since I’m quite busy these days to come up with a new post, and this post still has relevance in this present Ramadan, enjoy a classic kr post. There’s 30 points for the 30 days of Ramadan.

kr’s note #2: Oh, as for the 100,000 visitor thing… the award goes to none other than Omar Waqhar (go figure) for sending me a screenshot of him being the 100,000th visitor. An honorable mention and shoutout is also in order for Sarah Quraishi for being oh-so-close with her submission. Maybe I’ll give out a prize for 150,000… we’ll see.

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Things One Can Do in Ramadan
yay, we’re only three days into Ramadan and I got an early Eid gift…

kr’s note: someone asked me for advice on a list of things they could do in Ramadan; now, im no shaykh like Mufti Abrar Mirza, but I was able to come up with a list of things that hopefully may benefit anyone who is interested. I went only with things that a person can  do, rather than listing things not to do. I feel that the latter is self-evident or can be found in other places. My posting this on here is strictly for selfish reasons: it is hoped that if someone reads one of these items and acts upon it, I too will receive a reward for it =).

Thus begins the list of things one can do in Ramadan (in no particular order):

1. Before breaking one’s fast, instead of talking with people or dreaming about iftar food, spend a few minutes desperately asking Allah to fulfill your worldly and otherworldly desires. Pray for your families, the Ummah, mankind, and the environment as well… the last two items on this list are getting destroyed as well.

2. Read as much of the Qur’an as humanly possible: “…So recite of it that which is easy (73:20)”. And when you think you’ve done enough, push yourself to read more. And then some more.

3. When one wakes up for suhoor, pray 2 nafl before eating suhoor so that it counts as worship done in the last 1/3rd of the night.

4. Go to taraweeh as much as possible. Ideally, one should pray all 20, but if one cannot (due to difficulty in mental and physical concentration), then at least pray however much is possible. 20 rak`ahs is greater than 8 rak`ahs which is greater than 0.

5. Invite a non-Muslim friend to fast one day with you; invite him/her to a group iftar.

6. Make prayer on the Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) as much as possible, especially after every prayer.

7.Help your mom make iftar… sheesh, at least set the table.

8. Don’t drink any rooh afzah =)… ugh, fine, you can drink it, but you’re denying yourself the joy of mango shake. The Qur’an tells us that “God does not wish difficulty on you…“… why then anyone would wish difficulty on themselves boggles my mind.

9. All the money that one usually spends on lunch or eating out during the course of a month… instead of saving it, give it away to a charity of your choice

10. Do the Tasbeeh of Fatimah (33 times Subhanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah, 34 times Allahu Akbar) after every prayer.

11. Smile at everyone when you greet them.

12. Brush your teeth as often as possible, especially before heading out to taraweeh. Not just for the barakah of following a Prophetic habit, but heck, its sadaqah for everyone at the masjid.

13. Try to maintain some form of physical activity (running, etc.) to work off the calories consumed during this month. Even if one eats less, the fact that we often fall asleep immediately after eating completely messes up the body’s metabolic system, favoring fat formation and deposition. A post taraweeh run will work wonders.

14. Contrary to popular belief, showering while fasting is not prohibited. There’s no “extra” blessing in, well… not showering. Again, this is sadaqah. So is wearing clean socks to taraweeh every night.

15. Avoid arguing with people… not just cause most people don’t know what they’re talking about, but mainly because it’s a complete waste of Ramadan time.

16. If one has to make up prayers from the past, strive to complete as much of them as possible in Ramadan.

17. Develop a daily sleep schedule. Sleep depravation is rampant in Ramadan, leading to poor health, difficulty in fulfilling prayers, tiredness that precludes people from going to the masjid for taraweeh, etc. Yes, it’s great to stay up one whole night and pray, but it’d be better to stay up a portion of all 30 nights and pray while getting enough sleep. Don’t be surprised if you need more sleep in this month. Again, the change in food consumption and sleep/wake cycles will cause your body to naturally feel more tired. This isn’t to say one should sleep 12 hrs a day either; rather, make sure you get enough so that doing everything isnt interrupted because you’re catching up on sleep. With the right intention, one’s sleep can be worship…

18. Stay away from empty calories (fats, sugars, simple carbs) that our stomachs naturally crave when we break our fast. These empty calories satisfy hunger quickly, but not only do they make us hungry again in a shorter period of time, but they’re more readily converted and stored as fat. Enjoy mango shake and other such things, but don’t make them the only foods consumed. Aim for complex carbs (whole wheat bread, for example), vegetables, lean meats (chicken and fish), etc. so that your body is physically able to make it through this month.

19. Considering that this is the tawheedic number, point #19 should be to utter “There is no God but God” (la ilaaha illa Allah) as often as possible.

20. Make iftar/suhoor for the family and give your mom a break for a day.

21. When your mom wakes you up for suhoor, wake up immediately… not only is it a pain to make suhoor, but imagine how annoying it is to wake up your 23 year old good-for-nothing son by having to yell at him 20 times to wake up… (i think this advice is mainly for me, of course)

22. Hmm, point #22 suggests that we’re in the last 10 days of Ramadan, the days of emancipation from the Hell-fire. As much as possible, ask for protection from the Fire; a useful du’a is: “Allahumma ajirni (or ajirna if one is making it in a group setting) min al-naar

23. Bring water, tea, etc. to your local taraweeh imam  =). We get thirsty, yo.

24. Every night before you sleep, reflect on the day and make an assessment if your spiritual goals were accomplished. Ask yourself if you hurt anyone during the course of the day with your speech or actions. Relive the day and grade yourself on how it went. Make necessary adjustments the following day.

25. On the same topic, reflect also on all of the bounties that one has been given. One of the reasons for fasting is so that we may become grateful servants of God. A key prerequisite in true gratitude (meaning one wherein the gratitude is of the tongue, limbs, and heart) is reflecting on all of Allah’s favors. Ennumerating each one is an impossible task, but at least start the process somewhere. Once a person has contemplated deeply on all of God’s bounties, one cannot help but experience a new-born joy in the heart that ought to extend to the tongue and limbs. This is why Imam `Ali said that an hour of serious contemplation (tafakkur) is better than (only) a year’s amount of worship (without contemplation)

26. After praying Fajr, remain in the masjid until the Ishraq time comes in and then pray the Ishraq prayer. It is reported that such an act is tantamount to the reward of an accepted Hajj and `Umrah. Try to also make an effort to pray a few Salat al-Tasbeeh, Tahajjud, Awwabeen, and other nafl prayers whenever it’s possible.

27. Hey slacker(s), your masjid is probably finishing the Qur’an tonight. At least go for taraweeh tonight and attend the khatm (completion) to receive the blessing of such an event. Also, just cause the recitation is finished tonight doesn’t mean there’s no taraweeh the remaining nights of Ramadan… at least go “khatm-hopping” in the last few days, i.e., going only to masjids that are having their khatm that night.

28. Park your car at the masjid in a location farther away from the entrance. Not only does this allow one to walk extra steps to the masjid (and thus earn more reward), but this allows the elderly and handicapped to park closer as well. Someone once said a wise quote about two birds, killing, and a stone…

29. Making `Itikaaf for 10 days isn’t feasible for everyone. At the very least, especially during the last ten days, spend as much time as possible in the masjid with the intent of `itikaaf, even if its for an hour. Don’t ever underestimate the significance of minor deeds such as this for it maybe that such a deed that one (or others) consider insignificant will make all the difference on that Day.

30. Alhamdulillah, so it has to be Eid tomorrow (at the latest). Don’t hate on the “early” Eid-celebrators. On this final night before Eid, reflect on your Ramadan experiences and develop a strategy to keep such practices, attitudes, and sayings as habits during the rest of the year.

Oh yeah, and pray for kr cause Lord knows he needs it more than anyone else out there. He’s a bad guy, remember?

 

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11 Comments
  1. Lengthy, but good.

  2. great post. Go mango shake! down with roof afza!ps. you’re 24.

  3. Killing 2 innocent birds with some sort of stone? And this in Ramadan? Shame on you…

  4. Great post, and good reminders. Jazaakallah Khair!P.S. ‘Classics’ are meant to be seen, read, and posted…again and again!

  5. great post. but where’s my shout-out foo?!

  6. I really needed to read that checklist. Jazak Allah khair!

  7. ARRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    I wish Zabeha Pork wasn’t closed down.. I could have made 10 X more featured contents than you. Now I have to start from scratch, and I have a husband editting my posts to see what is unappropriate or not.
    Grr… I’ll get my fc glory days back one day. Watch and see!

  8. This is going on Ahadith per day….like TODAY!

  9. lol at islam ish. so thats what happen to zabeha pork. lets see, when the husband is forced to listen to his wife, people say he’s whipped [insert whip cracking sound], what’s the wife’s equivalent?

  10. Bless you Kamran my boy. I don’t know why folks are always like “Ima stay away from the Xanga world during Ramadan” as if it’s a super haram activity. There’s lots to benefit from here as well.

  11. now is there anyway i can contact this mufti abrar mirza, cuz im sure he is busy in his hardcore ibadah, and ofcourse his famous tahajjud sessions, Hardcoooore!!!

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