Ramadan is an amazing opportunity that Allah SWT gives us to spiritually recharge, and improve ourselves.
If you are wondering how you can get the best out of this month, here are a few tips to get you started:
Tip #1 Make a plan
As the famous saying goes” if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This Ramadan set yourself a plan that is both achievable and beneficial. The simple act of writing a plan, will in fact help you manage your time to ensure your goals are met and that leave this month feeling accomplished.
For example, write down how much Quran you want to read this month and set aside time each day to do this.
Tip #2 Manage your time
Your time, is the most valuable asset you have this month, and if you manage it wisely you will reap the rewards.
Avoid wasting time on things that are unbeneficial like hanging out, excessive Iftar parties, watching tv and addiction to social media. When you take advantage of your spare time, and use it to perform acts of worship, such as Salah, reciting Quran, and Thikr, you will experience the beauty of this month, and feel closer to Allah. If you find yourself sitting with nothing to do, you can say Athkar like Subha’Allah, Alhmadulilah, Lailaha ilallah, and Allahuakbar.
These words that are light on the tongue, but very heavy on the scales.
Tip #3 Consistency is key
The most beloved deeds to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they’re small. Yes, even if they are simple and easy to perform, so as long as they are consistent, and this is your secret to success. Ramadan is a perfect time for change. Develop a good habit, or apply a new sunnah this month that you know you’re going to be able to continue, not only throughout Ramadan but also in the months ahead.
Tip #4 Seek out the right environment
In the same way that a plant requires the right amount of water and sunlight to grow, the environment that you place yourself in, has a big impact on how your Iman will grow this Ramadan.
Make an effort to attend Salah in the masjid, join a Quran halaqah, seek out gatherings of knowledge, because these are the environments that will help you make the change towards the better.
Tip #5 Push yourself to the limit.
Finally, Make this Ramadan better than your last. Never underestimate your potential, and always remember that Allah SWT is giving you this opportunity to shine. The more effort that you put in this month, the greater the benefit – think about the forgiveness of sins, being saved from hell fire, drawing nearer to Allah SWT, and make that your motivation to keep going.
Push yourself to the point you surprise yourself.
May Allah grant you all success this month, and may He be pleased with your fasting and worship.