Do’s and Don’ts For Muslims fasting in Ramadan
Ramadan is a blessed month that increases a Muslim’s spiritual awareness, fortifies the worshiper’s connection with Allah, reminds us of our duties towards the needy in the community, but also reminds us of our own need for an increase in faith, asking God for mercy and forgiveness.
1. Performing Extra Worship
During Ramadan, we want to reap as much rewards as possible by exerting the extra effort to increase all possible forms of worship. This includes increasing our voluntary prayers by attending the Taraweeh prayers after Isha’ as well as Tahjjud prayers before Fajr.
2. Reading Daily Quran-
The month of Ramadan is all about the Quran. Reading and reflecting on the verses of the Quran is a virtue that has endless reward in store for you. For every letter we read from the Quran, we gain 10 rewards, so imagine being able to complete the whole Quran once or twice. That’s a bucket full of gold!
3. Increasing Dua & Dhikr
Allah calls upon us that we invoke Him constantly and turn to Him in repentance through making Dua. Never belittle the power of Dua especially in the blessed month of Ramadan. Don’t forget to also keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah. In these blessed days, make every minute count and don’t let it pass without making dhikr.
Giving charity by night and day, openly and secretly is an act so beloved to Allah that He promises a reward with Him and no fear will ever be seen upon that person doing the act nor will he grieve. Your wealth will never decrease by giving charity and you will always see it increase in multi-fold when you least expect it.
5. Breaking the Fast of Others and Feeding the Poor
Fasting during the month of Ramadan does not only teach us discipline and self-restraint, but it also builds our sentiments of sympathy and compassion towards those who are less fortunate than us. Feeding the poor is a means of attaining contentment of the heart by being the reason for someone else’s happiness.
The virtue of feeding those who are fasting is also an excellent means of reaping so much reward. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.” Narrated by al-Tirmidh
1.Arguing and Backbiting
The tongue can be extremely dangerous if it is not used wisely. Try holding your tongue as much as possible, especially during Ramadan so that we may receive the full reward of our fasting. If you get angry say ‘I Am Fasting’ and immediately leave the area so that you have a less of a chance of arguing back. Whenever people around are backbiting or gossiping, remind them that we are in Ramadan and such action can affect the reward of our fasting.
2. Sleeping Long Hours
Ramadan was not meant for sleeping all day and worshiping all night. Learn how to manage your time and make a balance around your times of worship and sleeping hours. Every minute is precious so we need to make some sacrifice and decrease our long sleeping hours during the day so that we may benefit from the blessings bestowed upon us during Ramadan
3. Not Lowering Your Gaze
Looking at things which are forbidden is an avenue towards a diseased heart. We need to enter Ramadan with a pure heart and observe it by maintaining its purity. Try to lower your gaze as much as possible.
4. Watching Useless Tv
Watching Useless Tv and listening to music during Ramadan has become so common in our day and age that sadly, it just goes to show just how ignorant people are regarding the whole purpose of this blessed month. Ramadan is a month full of forgiveness and change and we can’t expect to receive this blessing if we decide to continue holding on to our bad habits and not make an effort to change ourselves.
If you do wish to watch Tv during Ramadan, watch programs that will increase your spirituality and help you become a more productive muslim.
5. Marital Relations
A husband and his wife should not have any sexual relationship during the daytime of Ramadan while they are fasting.
May Allah make it easier for us all #Ameen
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