Preparations for Ramadan

Jummah Mubarak

Assalamu alaikum brothers and sisters

I pray that this post finds you in excellent health, in shaa Allah

Ramadan is in approximately 3 more days, in shaa Allah, based on the sighting of the moon

May Allah make us live to see this Ramadan and make it full of rewards and blessings for us. Ameen. May Allah make it a means for us to enter Jannah. Ameen.

Here’s some ways of preparing ourselves for this blessed month:
• do our prayers on time - correcting our intentions and concentration
• pray optional prayers alongside our compulsory salahs
• always seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to Him even where we don’t know if we have sinned for Allah knows what we do not know
• avoid sins which may result into major hypocrisy
• trust in Allah with everything
• constantly supplicate to Allah; making every task that we do into a form of worship
• say the following after or before the following activities, increasing our dhikr of Allah:

“Bismillah” before anything.

“Allahu Akbar” on going up:
*standing up from sitting down;
*sitting down from lying down;
*going up the stairs/slope

“Subhanallah” on going down:
*lying down from sitting down
*sitting down from standing up
*going down the stairs/slope

“Alhamdulillah” be grateful for everything. Some people are much more unfortunate than us and when we think something is bad; there’s a lot lot worse going on elsewhere in the world. So be grateful at all times. In addition say “alhamdulillah”:
*That you are Muslim
*When successful
*When something happens that pleases you
*After eating/drinking
*That you are alive when many others are not but long to be
*having a family and friends
*having food, drink, clothes, shelter etc
*That you have the ability to type, see, hear, think, breathe, etc
*Every blessing; too many to count. Subhanallah.

“In shaa Allah”:
*When wanting a thing
*wanting something to happen or not
*when speaking about a matter (ie. “In shaa Allah, I will reach Ramadan”, “in shaa Allah, this will/won’t be done today/tomorrow etc”)

“Ma shaa Allah”
*When something happens (Allah willed it to happen) as an expression of gratitude towards Allah that this event took place

“Astaghfirullah”
*after committing a sin between you and Allah. (If committing a sin between you and someone else then first make amends with the person you have wronged)
*even if you don’t know you have sinned; to increase your status to Allah in shaa Allah and through fear of becoming a hypocrite
*after any good deed; in the hope that Allah will forgive you as a result of your good actions and will instead replace your bad deeds with that which is good in shaa Allah
The Prophet (s.a.w) used to seek Allah’s forgiveness more than 70 times a day. (Bukhari)
Let’s follow his (p.b.u.h) example

•eat less
•give up bad habits
•go to bed early to wake up early to perform Tahajjud and supplicate while everyone else is asleep you are remembering Allah and thus your status is being increased to Allah in shaa Allah.

Please let me know in the comments section if there are any other ways you can think of for preparing for Ramadan

JzK.

Alhamdulillah it’s Friday again. Remember Surah Al Kahf and supplications again today

May Allah accept our efforts from us. Ameen.