Ramadan is the month of blessings and it is the time to start fixing and adjusting our schedule accordingly. The Holy month of Ramadan, is not only for abstaining food, drink etc during the day time but is also encouraged for believers to spend more time devoting themselves to Allah (SWT) through prayers and performing good deeds.
It’s essential for every Muslim to leave every useless, worldly and bad thought behind and only think about Allah Almighty.Here are 8 goals suggestion for us to climb the self-improvement ladder:
Moderate intake of drink and food
Usually when it’s time for Iftar, some of us just keep on consuming large quantities of food or an unbalanced diet until we can hardly move afterwards.
People who don’t maintain moderate food intake and overindulge will contradicts the purpose of the fast. Part of the benefits of fasting is to help us develop a healthier lifestyle, which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence.
As how our Prophet emphasized this one rule in eating: “fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.“
Do Sadaqah and charity
During Ramadan the rewards of our good deeds are multiplied exponentially, and giving Sadaqah at this time allows us to reap the blessings of our charity ten-fold or more.
We have to always remember that giving Sadaqah brings Barakah to our wealth and can even prolong life. The month of Ramadan is one of the best times to give Sadaqah.
Hunger allows us to understand better the difficulty of being hungry, and makes us more sincere in our giving.
Read Quran and memorize new Surah
Ramadan and rewards go hand in hand. The mention of Ramadan brings charity and Quran to our minds. In this era where time is never enough for anyone, most Muslims hardly find time to read the Quran.
However, Ramadan brings the divine opportunity to bring ourselves closer to Allah (SWT) through Quran. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week.
Even if you feel you’ve got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone to be consistent in reading Quran. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.
Do the Tarawih prayers
After fasting for entire day the thirst and hunger reaches its peak. So it is a common desire to eat as much and as often as we like while breaking the fast.
This routine may affect our physical health in a negative manner such as it may cause fatigue or sluggishness which cause interruptions in our sleep.
But try your best to go for Tarawih prayers. As now we are in the middle of RMO, it’s best for us to pray at home together with our family.
Not only offering this prayer brings us closer to Allah Almighty and brings out the Ramadan’s blessing of family bonding spirit, it also provides a chance to do some physical activity which keeps us from eating much.
Stop swearing and backbiting
In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to apply changes against our bad habits. In order to become a better person in more discipline way, you can try this tip!
Get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.
At the end of the month you can send the money to a charity or invest it in a way to help others.
Get in touch with your family, relatives and friends
Truth is, sometimes we get too caught up with our life that we forget to keep in touch and ask people we care about their life and how they are doing.
Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with.
Well if the feeling is a little bit awkward due to have not talking to each other too long, you can use this Ramadan card, then call family and friends to ask them how their fasting is going.
Go on a technology diet
This means spending less time on Internet, TV, phone and entertainment. Instead make use of the extra time and opportunity to offer prayers, recite Quran and involve in charity activities.
These will help you deal with the lifestyle change during Ramadan. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month and make the best of our time by doing spiritual activities.
Forgive everyone for inner peace
Those times when you get into an argument(s) with a family member, friend, classmate or anyone. You know your facts are right or that you’ve been wronged with an insulting remark, sarcastic comment or rudeness. Which is understandable why you decided to hold a grudge
But how can we move up the ladder of spiritual development when we hold bitterness and anger towards another person? By forgiving others, apart from positively affecting our health and our minds, it’s a necessary step to closeness to God.
Let us take the chance during this Ramadan to open our hearts and forgive those who have wronged us as how we beg Allah to forgive us.
The miracle of Ramadan is that it’s not only purifies souls but also the physical body of the believers. We are encouraged not to waste our time in vain. Through fasting, Ramadan teaches us self-control and paves the way to a healthy lifestyle.
For the whole month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to walk in the shoes of the less fortunate and be thankful to Allah (SWT) for everything that we are blessed with and make the most of this chance to shape us into becoming a better Muslim. May our deeds will be accepted by Allah SWT.