What Should We Do When Ramadan Begins?

The Blessed month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the new moon and is usually followed by a rush of greetings to welcome the new month. Various Muslim-majority nations have personalised greetings in their native languages. Amongst the most common greetings are “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem”.

Hadees: Rasool Allah SAWW recited the following Ayat whenever he saw the new moon:

اللَّهُمَّ أَهْلِلْهُ عَلَيْنَا بِالْيُمْنِ وَالإِيمَانِ وَالسَّلاَمَةِ وَالإِسْلاَمِ رَبِّي وَرَبُّكَ اللَّهُ

Allahumma Ahlilhu `Alainā Bil-Yumni Wal-Imani, Was-Salamati Wal-Islam, Rabbi Wa Rabbuk Allah

“O Allah, bring it over us with blessing and faith, and security and Islam. My Lord and your Lord is Allah.” ~Tirmidhi: 3451

Afterwards, we should prepare for Taraweeh and sleep early for the first Suhoor.

Sadaqa al-Fitr (Fitrana)

Hadees: Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar, “Allah’s Apostle SAWW has made Sadaqa-tul-Fitr obligatory, (and it was), either one Sa’ of barley or one Sa’ of dates (and its payment was obligatory) on young and old people, and on free men as well as on slaves.”

Popularly known as Fitrana, Sadqa al-Fitr is the charity money liable on every Muslim at the end of Ramadan, whether they were able to Fast or not. This charity can be termed as a means of thanking Allah SWT for the precious month of Ramadan. Any underprivileged person can celebrate Eid al-Fitr with this money by buying clothes, food and other means of joy for themselves and their families. Hence, it is advisable to pay the Fitrana any time before Namaz e Eid al-Fitr so that the deserving can make preparations accordingly. The head of every family can pay the Fitrana on behalf of all the family members.

The minimum amount payable for Zakat al-Fitr for every Muslim, including children, is the equivalent of 2.25kg of flour, rice or other staple food, amounting to Rs.200 in Pakistan 2022. You can pay more if you want to if you’re Blessed in abundance. The recipients eligible for this money are the same as the people you can pay Zakat to:

  1. The poor (low-income households)
  2. The needy (someone who is in difficulty)
  3. Zakat administrators who distribute
  4. New Muslims
  5. Slaves and captives
  6. People in debt
  7. People stranded or travelling with few resources

Manage Your Time in Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, is just around the corner. It is an extremely blessed month where Muslims across the globe Fast for 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the Shawal moon. Muslims practice sawm meaning self-restraint in this auspicious month. In broader terms, sawm means refraining from food, drink, sexual activity, and all forms of immoral behavior, including lies and unkind thoughts between dawn and dusk.

Since we can never be sure whether we’ll be alive next year or not to experience this promising month, we must strive hard to make the most of each blessed day during this Holy month. Every Muslim must prioritize Prayers, recitation of the Holy Quran with translation, and understanding of the Ahadees-e-Mubarak to incorporate them naturally into our routine. We must also take rest so that we can retain energy and not fall ill or weak. Family, relatives, friends, and work must also not be neglected.

Before going to sleep every night, we must plan out the next day completely, including a healthy breakfast for Sehri. Iron and set your clothes for the next day before sleeping, keep some fruit in your children’s lunchboxes at night too. You can put your smart gadgets like phones and laptops on charge and sleep. Don’t forget to set the alarms for Suhoor and work though.

Organise your days in such a way that you don’t stress yourselves out during the first half. Schedule tasks that require more focus and energy after 2 pm. Start your Iftar preparations around 5 pm. Grab a nap in between, if possible so that you’re fresh and energetic for the Taraweeh Prayers. Effective time management in Ramadan is simply rearranging your priorities so that you can devote time to Almighty Allah. Keep your weekends for enjoying Iftar/Suhoor with friends and weekdays with family. Don’t waste time watching TV/movies/series or playing games. Avail every free second you have for Ibadah (worship), including Quran recitation, doing Zikr, learning Ahadith from Sahih Bukhari, listening to Islamic lectures from renowned scholars, and making abundant Duas for the Muslim Ummah.

Useful Time Management Tips for Ramadan

  1. Set Achievable Goals: Setting Ibadah as your numero uno priority, set easy goals for yourself so that you feel accomplished at the end of every day. For example, your goal can be, “I’ll explain the importance of Namaz and Taraweeh to my children from 4 pm to 5 pm every Saturday of Ramadan.”
  2. Time After Suhoor: Instead of sleeping again, you can use this time for making Dua and/or recitation of the Holy Quran with Tajweed.
  3. Avoid Multitasking: Since multitasking consumes a lot of strength, avoid it as much as you can during Ramadan to save your energy for all your basic priorities.
  4. Avoid Socialising: Since Ramadan is the month of Itikaf, you should take a break from socialising with humans/animals and focus on building your relationship with Allah SWT.
  5. Take Care of Yourself: Keep your body, mind, and soul fresh by eating and drinking healthy. Neither overeat nor eat lesser than usual. Make sure you sleep at least 7 hours every day. Our body is Allah’s Amanat so make sure you take good care of yourself every day.

Nothing is impossible if you actually want to do it. Plan realistically so that you can apply and get fantastic results In Shaa Allah. Don’t allow the Shaitan to misguide you during this divine month. Follow the tips given as far as possible. May Allah SWT increase our guidance and Taqwa, Ameen. Good luck!

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