This year, the COVID-19 situation will mean that your Ramadhan will most probably be quite different to what it usually is. The mosques are closed, and iftar parties are off. If you are working from home and are in quarantine or social distancing, the only people you will be around are your family members. If the thought of a different kind of Ramadhan has you nervous, here are 7 things you can do to help prepare yourself for Ramadhan at home
1. Purify your heart and set the right intentions
The key to making your Ramadhan a spiritual journey is having sincerity and purity in your heart. Make dua to Allah to help rid our heart of diseases, sins, and that Allah softens your heart to fully embrace the blessed month of Ramadhan
أَللّٰهُمَّ اٰتِ نَفْسِىْ تَقْوَاهَا وَ زَكِّهَا اَنْتَ خَيْرُ مَنْ زَكَّاهَا اَنْتَ وَلِيُّهَا وَ مَوْلَاهَا
“O Allah, grant my soul its piety and purify it, for You are the best to purify it. You are its protector and guardian” (Muslim)
2. Get rid of bad habits
One of the biggest culprits to a meagre Ramadhan is wasting time. We are only given one month to gain the mountain of rewards Allah has offered to us. Delete mindless time wasting apps off your phone. Gradually reduce your screen time whether it’s Netflix/Youtube/Social media etc. Detach yourself from chatting needlessly on Whatsapp groups. Fix your sleep pattern to prepare for longer nights of ibadah.
3. Prepare your mind
When we are fasting, we should become more aware of our actions. Fasting is to refrain from more than just what we consume in our mouth. Start working on your patience; be extra vigilant with your conversations: ensure you are not backbiting, slandering or talking about useless things.
4. Increase and perfect your acts of Ibadah
Before Ramadhan arrives, try to really perfect the acts of ibadah you are currently doing. Pay attention to your wudhu, try and deepen your khushu’ in prayer, make sure your compulsory ibadah is in the best form going into Ramadhan. Try and pray more sunnah prayers as well so your mind and body are ready for the Ramadhan marathon and can hit the ground running instead of wasting the first week or two getting in the groove.
5. Set your Ramadhan goals and start your action plan
When setting Ramadhan goals, try and use the SMART technique. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Try not to set goals that are too big and overwhelming. It is better to start with small realistic goals and be consistent rather than start off big and fade off a week later. Knowing what you want to achieve in the month will help you stay focused.
6. Strengthen your relationship with the Qur’an
In addition to increasing your recitation, try to improve your tajweed. Read the translation and tafseer of a few verses a day and really contemplate on their meaning. Think about how each verse applies to you, and how it fits in with a larger frame of reference, eg: family/community/ummah. Qur’an journaling can help you keep track of your tadabbur/reflections.
7. Seek knowledge
Arm yourself with as much knowledge about Ramadhan as you can. Find out the virtues of this blessed month and about our Creator. There are so many blessings that can be reaped during this holy month; the more you know about Ramadan the more you can apply, hence multiplying your rewards. The more you learn about Allah, the closer your will feel to His love and to attaining his pleasure.
Insha’Allah, by taking these steps, you will be ready to welcome Ramadhan no matter what the circumstances are.
This post originally appeared on TP Edits