Ramadan – the time of the year when the air is abuzz with Quran, worship and obedience to Allah. People from every nation, color and race redirect every effort towards pleasing their Lord. As the month of fervent worship and sincere repentance is drawing to a close, you might want to prepare early for it. But is this the right time to begin? Well, history shows us that the Sahabba would start preparing for this month almost 6 months prior to it! What does that tell you? Yes, it’s high time! Changing the entire clock and schedule of your body overnight is not a great idea so start today and let it adapt till Ramadan arrives. Meanwhile, we are going to acquaint you with 5 ways to prepare early for Ramadan.
5 Ways to Prepare Early for Ramadan
Read more and more Quran
If you are not a regular reader of the Quran and struggle to read the Arabic language, now is a good time to start. Begin with a page a day and your reading speed will have doubled by the time Ramadan arrives. So you’ll get to read more and more Quran with each passing day of Ramadan and of course, each deed in multiplied 70 times during the blessed month so do the math and imagine what golden opportunity lies ahead of you to win a mountain of good deeds.
Fast Mondays and Thursdays
Why Monday and Thursday?
It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 745; al-Nasaa’i, 2361; Ibn Maajah, 1739; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1044.
If you start fasting early on, your body will have adapted to long hours of no-eating and will have disciplined itself. You’ll have to struggle less with fatigue when Ramadan starts and will make the most of its early days, when most people find it hard to cope up.
Pray on Time
If you are not doing it already, start praying on time. Your life will be much more disciplined than what it is today. Moreover, prayer brings your heart and life closer to Allah. So when you enter Ramadan, your heart and soul will be attached to Allah. Many people fail to recognize the importance of this. Don’t be among them. You will miss the soul of Ramadan if you miss out on this one.
Start Praying Tahajjud
Tahajjud is a golden time to get ALL your Duas answered – including your Tawbah. Get at it right away.
Start eating small portions of nutritious food. Cut out the junk. Hydrate yourself well. You’ll need plenty of energy to sail through Ramadan.