The month of Ramadan requires special preparation because it requires complete dedication on part of Muslims. Below are a few easy ways to help prepare our minds and hearts for this upcoming Month of Mercy.
Intention to prepare: One of the most essential elements of preparing for the arrival of Ramadan is to make the intention for preparation for “every action is judged by its intention”. The preparation begins the day you start practicing humility and patience and learn how to control your desires and anger.
Increase the worship: To start preparing for the blessed month of Ramadan, it is best if you start increasing your worship. This will allow you to adjust your routine for the arrival of Ramadan. Increase all forms of worship such fasting, recitation of Qur’an, Charity, voluntary Salaah and others.
Determine specific days for fasting: To adjust your body to fasting, it is best that you start fasting beforehand. You should define specific days for fasting. For example, if you fast every Monday and Thursday, you will be more fully prepared for Ramadan making the adjustment much easier.
Read the Qur’an regularly: For individuals who have not prepared for reading and reciting Qur’an during Ramadan, its recitation while fasting becomes difficult. It is best if you start reading the Qur’an after Fajr salaah on a daily basis just to prepare for the Ramadan spirit.
Adjust sleeping habits: Ramadan teaches us to adjust the way we lead our life. Therefore, before the arrival of Ramadan, it is ideal if you start adjusting your sleeping habits. You should start off by going to bed early and rising early. If you are used to this routine, you will not feel sleepy and tired when Ramadan arrives.
Define objectives: Ramadan is the ideal month to embark on your journey to fresh objectives. If you are a smoker and want to quit this habit, you should start off with this month. If you want to be an early riser, Ramadan is the perfect month for you.
In essence, Ramadan is the most blessed and rewarding month. Therefore, all Muslims should try their best to prepare for this auspicious month of Ramadan. Regular recitation of Qur’an, voluntary charity and offering prayers will help prepare you for the Ramadan spirit.