Checklist to Keep the Spirit of Ramadan Alive
Posted on August 15, 2013
With Ramadan officially behind us, it's easy to fall into the same routine we espoused pre-Ramadan. One of the signs that our Ramadan has been accepted is that we undergo a change after the month is over. While nothing can truly replace Ramadan, we're providing a simple checklist to help keep the spirit of Ramadan alive well after the month ends. What do you do to keep Ramadan alive? Share below or e-mail us at [email protected]!
- According to hadith, fasting any six days of the month of Shawwal (immediately following Ramadan), is as if you've fasted the entire year.
- The Prophet (S) was in the habit of fasting on Monday and Thursday.
- It is also recommended to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th days of the lunar month.
- Get in the habit of praying all your sunnah prayers throughout the day.
- Pray Duha prayer in between Fajr and Dhuhr.
- Pray the Witr prayer after Isha.
- Wake up in the last 1/3 of the night for Tahajjud.
- Continue reading the Quran after Ramadan. Set realistic goals for yourself, whether it's a page a day, a juz every week, etc. Do what realistically works for you. Remember, the most beloved acts in the eyes of God are those that are consistent, even if they are small.
- Set long-terms goals for the memorization of Quran. Sit down and figure out when you want to have a certain surah memorized and work hard at meeting your goal.
- Read Surah Al-Mulk every day to receive protection in the grave and Surah Al-Kahf every Friday.
- Continue to give charity and spend in the way of Allah (S). Donate what you can, if that means once a month, once a week or once a day - whatever works for you.
- Don't have money to donate? Donate your time. Volunteer at a local shelter, at your masjid, at an elderly home or donate your time to family members who can use your help.
Going to the Masjid
- Continue going to the masjid for congregational prayers including Friday prayer.
- Attend different lectures and social activities at your local mosque. Keeping ties to the masjid is important to feel a sense of identity and connection to your Muslim roots.
- Don't fall apart once you make a mistake. Allah (S) loves those who quickly turn to Him for forgiveness and guidance after committing a sin.
- Ask for forgiveness at every available opportunity, during and after prayer. When waking up, before going to bed, etc.
- Stay in the habit of making du'a for anything and everything. The Prophet (S) urged us to make du'a for anything, even for the laces of our shoes.
- Make du'a frequently, wherever you are, no matter the time of day.
- Make du'a for yourself, then your family, then the community you live in, and finally for the ummah as a whole.
Self - Evaluation
- Keep yourself in a constant state of self-evaluation. Think about your day every night before going to sleep. Thing about the good things and the not so good things you did that day. Ask yourself specific questions:
- Did I pray all my prayers on time with correct wudu?
- How did I treat my parents/spouse/siblings?
- How did I use my tongue? Did I lie, cheat, backbite, gossip?
- How did I use my eyes? Did I look at or watch something I shouldn't have?
- How did I use my ears? Did I listen to something I shouldn't have listened to?
- How did I use my hands/body? Did I do something physically I shouldn't have done? Did I go somewhere I shouldn't have gone?
- Evaluate yourself weekly to see the bigger picture. Did you keep up with your Quran and prayer goals? Did your spiritual growth increase or decline?
**All photos courtesy of The Atlantic Ramadan In Focus series