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Ramadan Kareem!!-are you prepared??
Allahu akram

Three weeks ago, I was at Gbagi market in Nigeria with my mum, doing some last minute shopping before returning to my base. We priced a sachet of milo, the refill pack only to hear it costs 550 naira ..Ah tori kini?? But the reply was, ramadan is on the way..

Allahu akram

And here, I had to do more shopping but rather than the surge in the prices of items, what I noticed was Ramadan Kareem beautifully inscribed on them. In fact, in due course, large bill boards would rise, welcoming all to the blessed month. The very controversial Coca-Cola company when it comes to Islam is not left out in this. When you buy a pack of large Coca-Cola drinks, u get a cup and a tray, all for the season’s best. In essence, the business community is prepared for Ramadan for its economic benefits.

How about us??

In every home and culture there is a way of making Ramadan special and this involves a lot of preparation. It is traditional to find people buying new plates, bowls, trays and cutlery. A friend invited me to breakfast at her house three days ago and I was surprised to see so many beautifully wrapped items and I couldn’t but wonder if her family would need to buy anything more for the next two years.

As a kid, I looked forward to the first time I was going to fast, just because my elder brothers were already fasting and at iftar, would get a ‘whole tin’ of milk to drink each while we(the too young to fast) would look on, or if lucky get a little to add to our pap too.

Have you ever seen anyone who rather than lose weight actually gain after Ramadan? I have.. Lol

But is it enough that we store food, buy new stuffs and then wait for Ramadan?? or do we actually need to prepare ourselves in certain other ways??

For a start, u might need to start eating less so as to get used to not eating 🙂 ..very practical isn’t it??.. But no, Ramadan isn’t all about not eating from morning till dusk.. It is a test on our ability to live without our normal comforts.

So, if you’r already thinking of sleeping, or playing some games the whole afternoon( so as not to feel hunger) and eating the whole night( so as to have enough stored for the next day), please change your mind.

As you prepare the food you would eat in Ramadan, prepare your body and  soul as well. Prepare to get the full benefit of the month.. Allah(SWT) described the reward for good deeds using corn as example but in Ramadan this is further multiplied.

I can remember some friends would stop seeing movies during Ramadan ..this means more time for the recitation of the Qur’an, to attend lectures, to help fellow Muslims etc

Qur’an recitation is one of the very good deeds in Ramadan. If u aren’t so good at it yet, you can get someone to teach you to improve on it. If the one you have now is bulky, you can get the divided one, or a pocket Qur’an so as to have it with you always, making it easier to recite.
You can also have a detailed plan on how much of the Qur’an you’d recite. The Qur’an is divided into thirty juzz. Reciting one juzz per day means reciting the whole of it in thirty days. It is better to have a big plan so that even when you fall short of it, you would have  done  something worthwhile. Last year, I wanted to recite the whole Qur’an twice but made plans of reciting it thrice. I didn’t finish the third one, but was happy enough.

Tahajjud is very important. If u have not been waking up to perform it over the year, you can start now so it becomes easier for you in Ramadan.

The other voluntary prayers should also be observed.

Charity is a good deed, you may start saving to help people in Ramadan.

You can also plan on giving iftar (inviting others to your home to eat). This is very rewarding.

It is not too early getting ready for I’tikaf. I enjoin you not to take a particular day as your Laylatul Qadr but to seek it throughout the ten days of Ramadan.

May Allah help us to get the full benefit of the month and please share any idea you have on other ways to prepare for R.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 20:44:55

    MashaAllah! May Allah (SWT) bless u for this interesting reminder!

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  2. ammeerrahh
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 20:59:38

    Amin, thank you!..u can subscribe to get automatic updates from this blog..May Allah accept all our Ibaadah

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  3. em-o-tu
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 17:17:59

    thank you very much sister amira for the heads up.may Allah continue to increase your knowledge and ours too.

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  4. ammeerrahh
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 19:42:20

    Amin..thnks so much..May Allah help us all to get the full benefit

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  5. haleemah adeniran
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 00:40:50

    jazzakunllahu khairan….May Allah make it easy 4 us all..!

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  6. Anonymous
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 02:51:33

    amine… bless u all , ramadan karim,

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