Ramadan is our divine and holy period in which we are instructed to fast from dawn to sunset. Fasting Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. During this month all Muslims, regardless of age, gender, race and ethnicity are invited to ‘Change’.
Yes, we want to change this month. We want to be the better versions of ourselves in spirituality, emotionally and physically.
The wisdom, power, and impact of Ramadan is beyond our understanding. We are blessed with a time to reflect, renew and improve ourselves. We are blessed with a time to be self-disciplined, caring, compassionate and visionary.
Here are some sweet tips you can perform this Ramadan to reap easy rewards.
“Allah, the Most High said: ‘I am as My slave of Me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me to himself, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a gathering better than that. And if he seeks to draw nearer to Me by a hand span, I draw nearer to him by a forearm’s length, and if he comes to Me by a forearm’s length, I draw nearer to him by an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I come to him quickly.’” (Al-Bukhari 7405).
You can say tahmeed, tahleel and tasbeeh as a form of dhikr.
Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praises be to God).
Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah).
Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to God).
Eating a nutritious suhoor and a light Iftar. Ramadan should be our opportunity to enhance our eating habits and enable us to see positive changes in our spirituality as well as our body. Intermittent fasting has been making a global impact encompassing major similarities to Muslims fasting in Ramadan.
The benefits of fasting has proven to initiate positive changes in cellular processes and hormone levels in the body. Alongside healthy eating, fasting can cause weight loss of 3-8% over 3-24 weeks. Fasting has been shown to have major benefits for insulin resistance and lead to an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels.
“Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
“Whoever prays at night in Ramadan out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (Quran 38:29)
The reward for reading Suratul Ikhlaas three times is the same as the reward for reading the entire Qur’an!
When you share your plate or table with someone else who is fasting, Allah (swt) rewards you with the reward of fasting!
“Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward.” (Muslim)
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