The Dos and Don’ts in Ramadan

The Dos and Don'ts in Ramadan
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The Dos and Don’ts in Ramadan: There are certain deeds of action and abstinence that can help us derive the utmost benefit from the holy month of Ramadan Insha’Allah. Want to know more? 

Ramadan is the month of blessings. It is not treated the same in the scale of Allah SWT., as other Islamic months. Three of its pre-eminences include Quranic revelation, the presence of Laylatul Qadar, and Forgiveness of the past sins. 

Especially in modern times when life has taken a ninety-degree change. Muslims have different lifestyles, active and inactive hours. Muslims (younger and older both) indulge in various activities all night long, pray fajar and sleep until the prayer of noon or afternoon. 

These activities include playing games, late-night working, spending hours in entertaining affairs, and wasting time on the internet. The point is to control and eliminate the extra activities and to exert the enormous benefits from this beautiful month— no offense to any specific community. 

We struggled for our readers to help them have a better idea of Ramadan fasting and the importance of this blessed month. Our sole purpose is to help the believers attain maximum productivity level within this Holy month. 

What Actions Should you Perform in The Month of Ramadan: The Do’s

  1. Fast for gaining spiritual strength. Allah, The Exalted and Majestic, has said, “Fasting is done for Me, and I will give a reward for it, for one abandons his passion and food for My sake.” Sahih Muslim, 1151. 
  2. Fast with the intention to attain Spiritual Reward (thawab) and as an Expiration from the past sins. “Whoever Fast in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” Narrated by Abu Huraira, Book 31, Number 125. 
  3. Eat Suhoor; although it’s recommended and not obligatory. There are Physical and Spiritual benefits hidden in it. Allah’s messenger said,  “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is a blessing.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095. 
  4. Use Siwak (Miswak). Narrated by ‘Amir bin Rabi’a, “I saw the Prophet cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can’t count.” and Aisha said, “The Prophet said, “It (i.e. Siwak) is a purification for the mouth, and it is a way of seeking Allah’s pleasures.” Bukhari 31:154
  5. Make a habit of observing the Five Times Obligatory Prayers. Ramadan brings such a good chance to get closer to Allah Almighty. 
  6. Be more generous in your devotion to Allah and service to his creation. The messenger of Allah used to be more generous than the ‘blowing wind’ during the month of Ramadan. 
  7. Give Iftar; Feed people to break their fast. The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever feeds a person breaking his fast will earn the same reward as him, without anything being lessened from the reward of the fasting person. (Tirmidhi). 
  8. Make a lot of Sincere Duas as Allah accept the duas of a Fasting Person. The Messenger of Allaah (p.b.u.h) said: “There are three whose du’aa’ is not rejected: a just ruler, the fasting person when he breaks his fast and the prayer of the oppressed person. It rises above the clouds, and the gates of heaven are opened for it, and the Lord, may He be glorified, says, ‘By My Glory, I will answer you even if it is after a while.’” Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2050
  9. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ramadan is the best month to change for the better and fix your bad habits. 
  10. Practice Goodness. There’s a Hadith that says, “Every good deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied by 10 to 700 times during Ramadan.” Therefore, one must take the whole benefit out of it.

Some Act of Goodness to practice during Ramadan:

  • Purify the heart. 
  • Practice self-control. 
  • Do more for others. 
  • Be kinder. 
  • Be more forgiving. 
  • Give charity (sadaqah). 
  • Solve disputes. 
  • Say good words to others. 
  • Relieve a sad heart. 
  • Recite Quran Kareem. 
  • Learn a new Verse with its meaning. 
  • Maintain a good character and code of conduct. 
  • Be kind and respectful towards your parents. 
  • Feed Poor as a Fadiyah for the missed fast. 
  • Feed the animals and birds.
  • Study and learn about your deen.
  • Be extraordinary in Worship and devotion; such as praying Tahajjud, performing Qayam in the Night (Taraweeh), doing Dhik’ar, following the Sunnah prayers, offering Chasat Prayer, and all other forms of Nafl prayer. 

Any good deed, as small as smiling at your mother’s face is also counted for the multiplied reward. The ibadah of regular days becomes more gratifying and rewarding in Ramadan. Do not miss out on this opportunity. Gain as many rewards as you can. Ask for his mercy and forgiveness. Indeed Allah is the most generous and forgiving. 

What Actions Should You Abstain from During the Month of Ramadan: The Don’ts

  1. Don’t eat, drink or get involved in lustful pleasures during the fasting hours. 
  2. Don’t overfill your stomach with food at the time of Suhoor, for it makes a person lazy and indolent. No believer would want to sleep until Asar and miss out on the perfect opportunities. Allah’s Messenger said, “The best Suhoor for the believer is dates.” 
  3. Control the Negative Energies i.e., lying, deceiving, trying to fool others, jealousy, pride, lust, annoying attitude, quarreling, hurtful speech, and anger. The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” Sahih Bukhari 31:127
  4. Don’t delay breaking the Fast. Allah’s Apostle said, “The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.” Narrated by Sahl bin Sad Sahih Bukhari 31: 178
  5. Don’t Eat too much in the Iftar. Those who eat a lot have disturbed or bloated stomachs; this could result in sluggishness. Remember Fasting is the source of practicing self-control. You must let your stomach experience the starvation of the poor and deprived people. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food): Sahih al-Bukhari 5394. 
  6. Control your activity level. Don’t excessively waste your time on certain activities. I.e., Free chatting, gossiping, internet surfing, watching unnecessary movies, listening to haram music, whiling away the time while playing games. It is so to spend more quality time with your Creator. “So remember Me, and I shall remember you” — (2:152)
  7. Don’t mock, demean, or criticize those who haven’t fasted. Practice High moral standards. Narrated by Anas bin Malik, “We used to travel with the Prophet, and neither did the fasting persons criticize those who were not fasting, nor did those who were not fasting criticize the fasting ones.” Sahih Bukhari 31, 168. 
  8. Don’t be morally wicked. Don’t randomly ask people, “Have you been fasting?”. If you want to initiate a talk, then ask “How’s your Ramadan going?” Certainly, it’s more appropriate than asking; “Salam’ are you fasting?”; Some believers aren’t very comfortable to answer or explain their reason to you within a little time. Fasting is an obligatory form of worship, and it’s good to show your social sense of responsibility within a Muslim world. Still, it’s a private matter between Allah and his creation. There are chances you might force someone to lie for holding a defensive side. There are exceptions, fadiyah and kuffarah, in case someone’s missing out on a fast.
  9. Don’t make your fasting days be equal to those not fasting. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Fasting is not just (giving up) food and drinks, rather it is giving up lying, falsehood and idle talk.” 
  10. Don’t stick to a particular pattern in Ramadan. Always try to perform better, even it’s about learning one long sentence ayah from the Quran. Remember how it’s going to be multiplied in thawab and bring closeness with Allah. 
  11. Don’t show off your religiosity to the community for the sake of admiration or worldly praises. Usually, In Ramadan, Muslims are the better versions of themselves; Therefore, wishing to get acclaimed might deceive them. It’s Allah who sees the efforts, and He is the one who rewards the believers for it. The Messenger of Allah Said: “Shall I not tell you about what I fear for you more than the presence of the False Messiah?” We said, “Of course!” He said, “Hidden idolatry; that a man stands for prayer and beautifies his prayer because he sees another man looking at him.” (Ibn Majah Hadith 4202)

As Muslims, we should look at Ramadan as a fantastic opportunity to get closer to Allah ta’lah. The continuous Fasting of 29 to 30 days nourishes the soul, and help form a habit of bodily and spiritual purification.

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