The long-awaited month of Ramadan is knocking at the door. As the month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for attaining goodness and blessings from Allah, Muslims around the world are looking forward to welcoming the month through fasting, praying, giving charity and reciting the Holy Quran.
Here are some ways that may help us to receive Ramadan and fully obtain its rewards.Supplication to reach Ramadan: It is mentioned in a Daeef Hadith that when it was the month of Rajab (the 7th month of lunar calendar) the Messenger of Allah used to make Duwa to Allah so that Allah (SWT) allows him to reach Ramadan. The Messenger of Allah used to supplicate Allah (SWT) saying: ‘Allahumma barik lana fi Rajaba wa Shaban, wa baligna Ramadan (O Allah, Bless for us Rajab and Sha’ban and Grant us the grace to witness Ramadan). We can make Duwa to Allah (SWT) saying: Allahumma Ballighna Ramadan (Oh Allah, Let us reach the month of Ramadan).
Ubadah Ibn Samit (Ra) said that when the blessed month of Ramadan would arrive the Messenger of Allah used to teach us the following Duwa: ‘Allahumma Sallimni li Ramadana, wa sallim Ramadana li wa sallim hu li mutaqabbala (O Allah! Preserve me for Ramadan, Safeguard Ramadan for me and Accept it from me).’ (Tabrani). Another Duwa mentioned in Hadith that we can make after seeing the new moon of Ramadan. At the sight of the new moon (of Ramadan) our beloved Prophet (Pbuh) used to supplicate: ‘Allahu Akbar, Allaahumma ahillahu 'alaina bil-amni wal-imaani, was-salaamati wal-Islaami, what-tawfeeqi lima tuhibbu wa tarda, Rabbuna wa Rabbul Allaahu. (Allah is the Most Great. O Allah, Bring us the new moon with security and Faith, with peace and in Islam, and in harmony with what our Lord loves and what pleases Him. Our Lord & your Lord is Allah.).’ (Jame Tirmiji).
Making a plan: Muslims should make a good plan for the whole month to organise their days and nights during Ramadan so that they can take Suhoor (the blessed meal consumed by Muslims immediately before the dawn prayer time) and Iftar (the evening meal after sunset to break the fast of Muslims during Ramadan or other months is called Iftar), perform the five time prayers and voluntary prayers on time and recite the holy Quran daily. We can make a list of things to achieve in Ramadan like giving charity and making I'tikaf (a time for reflection and prayer in seclusion) in the mosque.
Learning the rules of Fasting: A Muslim who doesn’t know the provisions of the fast can’t observe fast properly. So, learning the rules of fasting, including the things that invalidate the fast and requirements for ensuring the validity of the fast is very important for all Muslims. It is very important to know the way of the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions in fasting.
Feeling happy: Reaching the blessed month of Ramadan is a great blessing from Allah (SWT) because it is the month which increases the rewards of the righteous deeds. It requires all Muslims to recognise the Generosity and Grace of Allah and to thank and praise Him. So, when the month of Ramadan comes, the Muslims who are alive should be thankful to Allah for prolonging their life to reach this Holy month. Allah (SWT) says, “Say in the bounty of Allah and in His Mercy, in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.” (Surah Younus: Ayat 58).
Being prepared for fasting: During the month of Ramadan the reward for every voluntary (Nafl) prayer rises to the level of that of obligatory (Farz) prayers and the reward for every obligatory (Farz) prayer rises 70 times that of normal obligatory prayers. Muslims should prepare themselves mentally, physically and spiritually for the month beforehand, so that they can acquire the maximum blessings and mercy from it. A Muslim should make a list of bad habits and make an intention to overcome them one by one before Ramadan. They shouldn’t wait until Ramadan begins. It will help them leave sins like backbiting, smoking, etc. A Facebook junky should reduce screen time and spend more time reading the Holy Quran. Everyone should try to go to bed earlier than usual so that they can wake up for Suhoor (pre-dawn meal). An alarm clock can help them wake up on time for Suhoor.
The writer is a national award winner Qari and Khatib of Baitush Shafiq Mosque (near National University), Gazipur.