Ramadan is approaching, meaning that Muslims around the globe will be doing all they can to prepare for this blessed month.
Of course, Ramadan includes fasting, meaning a lot of Ramadan preparation will revolve around equipping your body to do so. Despite this, Ramadan isn’t solely about fasting, meaning that preparing for Ramadan doesn’t only involve getting yourself ready for the fast. In fact, good deeds are a very important factor of Ramadan and should also be considered during the build-up.
The month prior to Ramadan is Shaban, and this is the time in which many Muslims begin their preparations. So, how can you ensure that you’re ready for Ramadan?
Donate to Charity
First thing’s first, you might get into the habit of donating to charity. This is important all year round, but Ramadan in particular is regarded as an especially charitable month. Therefore, you might give your Zakat in Shaban as this is a mandatory contribution for all Muslims that reach the Nisab threshold. In fact, many of the traditional scholars would give their Zakat in Shaban so that it could reach the poor in time for Ramadan so they too could make the most of this blessed month.
Otherwise, you might decide to take part in our Hifz Sponsorship to aid Hifz orphaned children, or contribute to The Mosque Project. On the 15th night of Shaban, also known as Shab e Barat, many Muslims mark the occasison by visiting the Mosque. However, not everyone in the communities we work with has access to a Mosque, making it difficult for them to follow religious traditions and practices. Everyone has a right to connect with Allah (SWT), which is why we make it our mission to support those who aren’t gifted with traditional spaces of worship.
As previously mentioned, Ramadan will be a time in which Muslims are expected to fast. Consequently, it’s a good idea to start preparing your body ahead of Ramadan by fasting in Shaban. This doesn’t mean that you need to throw yourself into fasting for the entirety of the month, but rather wean your meals down over time. For example, if you snack a lot throughout the day on top of eating your three meals, you might stick to your three meals per day without snacks. Similarly, you’ll want to opt for healthy foods as foods that are filled with sugar and white flour are responsible for cravings that won’t be helpful during Ramadan.
On top of this, you might decide to fast on certain days of the week, such as Mondays and Thursdays. This is a Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and he said “The deeds of people are presented to Allah on every Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every Muslim except for those who are deserting each other.” (Hasan)