Ramadan is a time for us to grow closer to Allah, to reflect, worship and to nourish our souls. While we refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, it’s important to remember why we are doing so and how we can use the month to achieve the ultimate purpose of Ramadan: to attain taqwa (God-consciousness).
Below are some tips to help you take care of your soul and benefit from the spiritual rewards of the holy month.
Take time for reflection
Our daily lives are very busy and we are connected to one device or another most of the time. If we aren’t using our laptops, we are on our phones, or watching television. It’s important, especially in Ramadan, to create spaces that are calm and quiet to allow you to reflect and reconnect.
This doesn’t mean you need a total digital-detox, but perhaps consider taking just 10 minutes every day to sit alone in a quiet space to reflect. It may feel strange at first, but guide your thoughts towards your relationship with God, your purpose in life and how you could improve.
Being caught up in the busy pace of modern life for far too long, we may have forgotten how to sit still and simply think and reflect on the glory of God. It’s important that we find time to spend more time in worship to heal our soul.
Increased remembrance of God (dhikr)
The Qur’an states, “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace,” (13:28).
While we actively remember God, the mind is relieved from anxieties and worries, promoting peace and happiness within us which can help you become more focused and productive.
This is also a good time to learn all you can of the many virtues of Ramadan and increase your religious knowledge in general. Reflecting on the Qur’an and sunnah will help you move closer to God and understand your duties as a Muslim. Seek forgiveness for any transgressions, work on improving your character and make sincere dua for yourself and those suffering all over the world.
Make a mosque in your home
Many Muslims may be able to perform tarawih prayers at the mosque this year as Covid-19 restrictions have eased in many parts of the world.
But it’s also important to create the spirit of Ramadan within your homes too, to make it easier to increase our worship during the blessed month. What’s more, some may still be unable to pray at the mosque or feel uncomfortable doing so as people continue to suffer from Covid-19 across the globe.
If you can, it’s important to create a designated space in your home that’s solely used for worship and give it the respect of a mosque. Ensure it is a tranquil space free from noise and other distractions to allow you to focus on individual or collective worship with your family.
Support your loved ones
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever,” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).
Let’s use this blessed month to increase our support for those whose lives could be saved or made so much easier with our support. The Prophet (pbuh) was the most generous of people, and he was even more generous in Ramadan.
Reach out and check in with friends and family living alone, older neighbours and anyone who is unwell or going through a hard time. It is important to remember that we can really help others, and we have many shared experiences, especially following a difficult few years through the global pandemic.
Give charity to those in greater need
The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged the sharing of food, saying: “He who breaks another’s fast earns the same reward as the one who fasted, without diminishing the latter’s reward in the slightest,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).
While many of us will enjoy wonderful meals at suhur and iftar, millions around the world will have no choice but to go hungry.
Islamic Relief supports those in need with vital food packages throughout the month of Ramadan and beyond. Last year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we helped provide over 1.2 million people with food to break their fasts.
Donate to help us support even more vulnerable people this Ramadan and become closer to Allah as you help His people.