The month of fasting is only a month away and many of us haven’t really given much thought in how we’re going to be preparing for Ramadan. And by preparing, we don’t mean stocking your freezer with samosas or other meal-related preparations.
Every year, many of us get caught up in the food-related aspect of Ramadan. In fact, it quickly becomes all we think about. But here’s a newsflash: Ramadan is not about the food. Yes, we abstain from eating and drinking (among other things) from the time of suhoor to iftar, but the purpose of that is so we focus on other things.
So how exactly do we go about preparing for Ramadan? We can start by fasting the additional fasts that our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) fasted every week. It’s a great way to get your body prepared for the days of fasting. That way when Ramadan begins, your body won’t be shocked by the sudden lack of food and you can focus on other things, instead of simply the lack of food.
Guarding our mouths is something else we are encouraged to do during Ramadan, and this is something else you can begin doing before. Think carefully about the things that come out of your mouth. Is it kind? Is it helpful? Is it constructive? Or is it idle talk? Gossip is something we should guard ourselves against the rest of the year too, and so it’s important to get into the habit before.
The purpose of abstaining from food and drink is to become closer to Allah. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it in the months before or after Ramadan! Regardless of whether you’re fasting or not, think about the ways you can bring yourself closer to Allah. Whether it’s increasing your recitation and reading of the Quran, doing dhikr, praying nafl salah, or making dua, etc. Increase yourself in taqwa or God-consciousness by remembering Allah in all things in your life.
After Ramadan passes, we often lose sight of all the lessons we learned but it’s important to remember them year-round. Because they’re things we ought to be doing year-round, and not just in Ramadan. So preparing for Ramadan is a great way to get back into that mindset, and inshAllah, keep it for the whole year.
A reminder for myself before anyone else.
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