Ramadan Planner: How to adorn this year’s Ramadan

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Ramadan Planner

(Part 1)

Introduction to fasting

The literal meaning of fasting is to abstain. In Islamic terminology, a person who is able to fast is said to be abstaining from eating and drinking, sexual intercourse, and so on in order to fast from dawn to dusk. Fasting obligatory for every adult Muslim. In this regard, the Holy Qur’an says, “O you who believe! Decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (2: 183)

Ramadan Planner: What to do before the arrival of Ramadan

1) If you have a special trip or a big job, fix it with extra labor before Ramadan.

2) Finish the necessary shopping for fasting before Ramadan.

3) Be determined to spend this Ramadan. It is better to make a written plan for Ramadan. This written plan will help you to move forward on the path of religion. In this case, you can include the following Ramadan planner in your plan-

Ramadan Planner: Fasting by fulfilling the right

Fasting is the main duty of Ramadan. Allah says, “So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it.” (2: 185)

Fasting is not only abstaining from eating and drinking and having sexual intercourse with one’s wife but also abstaining from all kinds of sins from dawn to dusk. The same is found in the hadith. Narrated Abu Huraira (R), The Prophet (SAW) said, “Allah does not require a person to abstain from food and drink by not abstaining from sin, lying, wrongdoing, and foolishness by fasting.” (Bukhari).

If one abstains from sins, lies, wrongdoings, and foolish deeds and fasts completely, then it will be called fasting by fulfilling the right. In order to get Allah’s forgiveness through fasting, one must be free from all sins. Abandoning only food and drink, if you cannot give up sinful deeds, it will not be real fasting.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “Only abstaining from food is not real fasting. Real fasting is the abolition of useless and obscene words and deeds.” That is, one has to take training in giving up forbidden things through fasting. One must refrain from all kinds of lies and sins. Many times we gossip while fasting and backbiting

about each other. This should also be avoided. Our main responsibility is to take fasting as a training to build a sin-free life by saying ‘no’ to all kinds of sins including backbiting, slander, usury, bribery, terrorism, etc. just as food is said ‘no’ during the day in Ramadan. So before Ramadan, we swear that we will not commit any sin InshaAllah.

Recitation and study of the Qur’an

It has been mentioned in the hadith that the reward of every act of worship is increased seventy times in the holy month of Ramadan. Therefore, one should recite the Qur’an as much as possible in this month of Qur’an revelation. Because fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for the servants in the court of Allah. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for people on the Day of Resurrection ….” (Musnad Ahmad)

A lot of our time is spent going to the office or getting stuck in various tasks. We can use this time for the recitation of the Qur’an. We can recite from there by launching various Islamic apps. In Ramadan, that time can also be utilized through various periods, including reciting, dhikr, reciting Darood on the Prophet, without spending time talking about different tasks. Many recite the Qur’an quickly in Ramadan to finish it. As a result, the recitation is often not pure. The Qur’an should be recited slowly with Tajweed, avoiding a quick finishing mentality. Thus, one should try to finish the Qur’an by reciting it slowly. Otherwise, you have to be satisfied with it as much as possible. It is important to keep in mind that the quality of the recitation is more important than the quantity.

Besides, the Qur’an has been revealed in the holy month of Ramadan for the guidance of the people. Therefore, it is very important to understand the Qur’an with its meaning and interpretation. Therefore, a significant amount of time must be allocated in this Ramadan to understand the word of our Lord.

Sahih recitation education

Sahih (correct) recitation is an essential condition for pure prayers. So if your recitation of the Qur’an is not Sahih, make time for this in Ramadan. Many mosques offer Quran training courses on the occasion of Ramadan. Try to learn Sahih Recitation by enrolling in these courses. Or take the training of Sahih recitation from a good reciter. If you make a concerted effort, you will be able to learn Sahih recitation in one month, InshaAllah. Besides, for those who can recite the Qur’an, if they also take part in this great work, the quality of their recitation will be more beautiful.

(To be continued)