Allah the Almighty has blessed us with special hours such as the pre-dawn hours (sahar); with special days such as Friday, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and the Day of `Arafah; with special nights, such as the last ten nights of Ramadan and the night of Power (Laylat Al-Qadr) and with special months like the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is the most blessed month of the year. Since it is around the corner and as it is the case with respectful and dear guests that we get ourselves ready to receive them, we have to show Ramadan that it is the long-awaited-for guest.
- Start your day with light rak`ahs after Suhur and before Fajr Prayer.
- Make sure to pray Fajr in congregation to be given complete light in the Day of Judgment that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) promised those who pray Fajr in the mosque.
- Have a daily Qur’an reading assignment (wird). Reading one Juz’ (part) is the minimum that you can do in Ramadan. If you really cannot, then try to read as much as you can. If you have a recitation group after Fajr, this will help tremendously to make the task easy.
- Assign to yourself that task of reading the tafseer of one juz’; knowing the meaning of the vocabulary and the context.
- Try not to eat much. Follow the Sunnah (one third for food, one third for water and one third for air). This will help a lot in being attentive and not being lethargic during the Tarawih Prayer.
- Challenge yourself to observe Duha Prayer. The Prophet said that this Salah is the one of the sincere and pious people.
- Each day in Ramadan, teach yourself the meaning of Allah beautiful Names.
- Take a nap to be able to stay focused during `Isha’ and Tarawih prayers.