Ramadan 2014- Be in it to win it!

Asalamu Alaykum Everyone,

Ramadan Mubarak! 🙂

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  • “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the Pious).” (Quran- Al-Baqara, 2:183)

Here, I have some very useful practical tips for myself and for all of you to help towards productive preparation for Ramadan. Put them into practise, inshaAllah! #Ramadan2014

Five Practical Tips to Help Towards a Productive Ramadan:

  1. Download a copy of the Ramadan Timetable – Save it on your phone & also print a copy of it and stick it on your Bedroom Door (or anywhere else you find suitable); proper preparation prevents poor performance.

  2. Learn the Duas that one should recite at the start of the Fast and when opening the Fast – These Duas are recited for every Fast to indicate and affirm the intention of the Fast; this will allow you to remain disciplined. (I have attached the link to my previous post which contains these Duas:  https://faithiswheretheheartis.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/ramadan-2014-be-productive)

  3. Make a Nutrition plan for Suhoor/Iftaar Considering that the Fast is about 18 hours and you will be having just two meals (Suhoor and Iftaar)- achieving good nutrition during Ramadan is extremely important. The main things to focus on are: Hydration, Protein & Fiber (at Suhoor), Avoid eating fried food, Reasonable portions (don’t over-eat), and also consider a Multivitamin/Mineral/Superfood supplement.

  4. Set a daily alarm  Don’t snooze! I have set my alarm to wake up about half an hour pre-Suhoor so that I can spend this time in the remembrance of Allah (SWT). There is a very good App called ‘Sleep Cycle’ (available on the App Store for FREE). “It is a bio-alarm clock that analyses your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase.” (http://www.sleepcycle.com)

  5.  Wake up in the right environment – It is important to get some sleep after you have finished your Tarawee prayers. However, there are some people who don’t sleep during this time, but instead turn to Social Networking sites and waste their time. Rather, that valuable time could be used otherwise. How about we make the most of that time? You can use this time productively towards increasing your Imaan and in the remembrance of Allah (SWT). Well, just remember that everything we do in this world is for the akhira (hereafter) if your intention is right. Also, I highly recommend switching off your phone when praying Salah.

Self discipline is key, for it will enable you to create a balance between Deen and Dunya during Ramadan and make the most of this blessed month, inshaAllah.

Ya Allah (SWT) keep us guided on the right path and may our Imaan continue to be strengthened in Your remembrance. Ameen.

Reminder: “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do Hearts find rest.” (Quran, 13:28)

 

Ramadan 2014- Be Productive!

Salaams Everyone,

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Right now I feel spiritually content and focussed in life, Alhamdulillah. Furthermore, with 7 days until Ramadan 2014, I can already sense that ‘Ramadan’ feeling within my Heart.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explained that Ramadan is a month whose beginning is Mercy, whose middle is Forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the Hellfire. This makes it an excellent time and opportunity to ask God for His Forgiveness. It’s also a great time to open our Hearts by forgiving others. Let us use these days before the start of Ramadan and the days during Ramadan to open our Hearts to those who have wronged us and forgive them as we ask Allah (SWT) to forgive us.

  • The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey- then an equal number of other days (are to be made up). Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. (Quran- Al-Baqara, 2:185)

My Ramadan preparation starts today and this involves learning the Duas that one should recite at the start of the Fast and when opening the Fast. Here are the two Duas that everyone should aim to learn/ simply refresh their memory of these Duas. #Ramadan2014

The following Duas are recited at the start and end of each Fast to indicate and affirm the intention of the Fast:

Dua at the start of the Fast- (Suhoor)

Dua (Suhoor)

  • “Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan.”
  • “I intend to keep the Fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.”

Dua when opening the Fast- (Iftaar)

Dua (Iftaar)

  • “Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu.”
  • “Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my Fast with Your sustenance.”

My next Blog Post ‘Ramadan 2014- Be in it to win it!’ will be up soon, inshaAllah. It will contain some very useful practical tips to help towards productive preparation for Ramadan.

It would be nice to hear what all of you are doing in preparation for this blessed month? Let me know by using the hash-tag ‘Ramadan2014’ in the comments box. 🙂

Reminder: One of the distinguishing features of Ramadan is Forgiveness.

Thank you!

Salaams Everyone,

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My Faith is a big part of my life, Alhamdulillah. I started my Blog just over Seven weeks ago; first and foremost my Blog is a continuous inspiration and guidance for myself and I am very grateful to Allah (SWT) that my Blog is inspiring others too. I feel very honoured with all the appreciation and support shown! It’s a blessing from Allah (SWT) that I am continuously thankful for. May Allah (SWT) reward everyone for their efforts.

Ameen.