Ramadan for new converts is a golden opportunity to connect their heart and soul with Allah (swt). It is a time when they can turn towards Him in sincere repentance and ask Him for help through the difficulties they face. The importance of Ramadan is summarized in one powerful Hadith:
“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards then all his past sins will be forgiven.”
Even though every Muslim across the world feels excited about the Holy month, Ramadan for new converts can be quite a daunting task. For those new to fasting, it looms largely, especially when it falls in the middle of summer and the days are long and scorchingly hot.
Add to this the social anxieties and tonnes of questions which crop into the heart. And all this can take the joy right out of Ramadan.
To help you make the most out of Ramadan, we’ve compiled some practical advice which helps you float through the month in good health and high imaan .
Here is a compilation of practical advice to make your Ramadan easy.
Practical tips for Ramadan for new converts
Keep yourself hydrated
Long hours of fasting can dehydrate you and you cannot make the most of Ibadah with a dehydrated body. So post Iftar and during Suhoor, drink as much fluid as you can.
There is a set of people who end up feasting during Ramadan rather than fasting. Understand that your ultimate goal at the end of the day is not to bask in the flavor of delicacies and hog down everything you can set your eyes on. At the same time, don’t neglect eating altogether. Eat nutritious stuff during your Suhoor and Iftar time. You can’t go about fasting an entire month if your body is not well nourished.
Know your goals
Your goal is not to starve aimlessly. It is to develop God consciousness. Every act you do during the month of Ramadan should be done mindfully in order to discipline your soul. Habits like lying, gossip, cheating, etc. are hence eliminated from your life during this month.
Remember that it is from the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to take a midday nap so don’t deprive yourself of that rest.
Maximise your good deeds
For every good deed you do, you get 70 times more rewards during the month of Ramadan. So it’s a smart move to maximise your good deeds. If you were planning to give in charity, now is the best time to give. If you were planning to join a Qur’an learning course, this could be the moment you were waiting for.
Turn it into a way of life
The practical lessons of self discipline and God consciousness should not come to an abrupt end when Ramadan departs. Rather, they should stay with you for another year, till another Ramadan draws near.