Ramadan is just around the corner. A few days down the line, the air will be all abuzz with spirituality. Muslims around the world will busy themselves in preparing themselves for the month that brings heaps of opportunities to draw closer to Allah. All hectic activities of the year are going to be planned before or after Ramadan, the days are going to be rescheduled around Suhoor and Iftaar, plenty of Ibaadah (worship) will commence, and people will begin disciplining their mind, soul and body yet another time.
Because of the spiritual enlightenment it brings, we like to call Ramadan “The golden month of the year” and rightly so. The 30 days of fasting are not just aimed at restricting people from eating and drinking. No!
Rather they bring discipline into our lives. When we are fasting, we tend to refrain from doing any evil deed. Feeling hunger pangs, we tend to understand how the poor must feel when they have nothing to eat. When we give, we tend to cleanse our wealth and feel the happiness of bringing benefit to others. There is so much of beauty surrounding Ramadan. We only need to reflect and ponder.
Here are 4 Golden deeds which help a believer make the most out of the Holy Month.
Being one of the pillars of Islam, Salah is quintessential even in the other days of the year. However, Ramadan is the time to maximise on your Salah. Pray extra and voluntary prayers. Pray as much as you can. The reward for each good deed is 70 folds, which applies to your Salah as well. Now here’s the trick, if you find it hard to pray on time, you can download one of the Salah apps which constantly remind you to keep at it.
Recite the Qur’an
Read as much of the Qur’an as you can. If possible, complete the entire book within the 30 days of Ramadan. And go beyond mere reading the Qur’an – try to understand it. If you a slow reader, listen to the Qur’anic recitations from the Qur’an apps and read its meaning on the go. It should be relatively easier that way since you can listen while commuting to work or college or even driving.
Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah)
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that if we remember Him, He will remember us. He reiterates it by saying that the more we remember Him, the more our hearts will find rest. In a world so stressful, what better stress buster than to take a moment and glorify the Creator, to seek forgiveness for all our wrongs, to praise Him – and what better time to do it than Ramadan.
Ramadan is the best time of the year to give charity because again, each deed is multiplied 70 folds. So if you are giving out 1 buck, you earn the rewards of giving 70 bucks. What’s more, charity does not restrict itself to money. You can pass on a smile to somebody, put a morsel of food in your wife’s mouth, remove a harmful object from somebody’s path, give out a date, donate a copy of the Qur’an – all these are acts of charity and guess what – they are not at all heavy on your pockets.