4 Shaban 1442
Provided you have practiced the previous exercise you will have identified where you need to work on. Today’s task is to write down what you need to do to prepare for Ramadan.
Consistency is key – Aim to be consistent. Write what you know you will be consistent in. Don’t enter a burn-out stage. Write things that you aim to be consistent in during and if possible beyond Ramadan. Remember, the key is to turn good deeds into habits! The Prophet ﷺ also informs us that the deeds that are loved most by Allah are the most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.” [Bukhari 6465] (slightly paraphrased). So, quality over quantity. Set little sustainable things to do leading up to Ramadan. Besides, we may need to fulfil other responsibilities in this Month.
So, lets dive in
Write “What I want to do to prepare for this year’s Ramadan”
- Do you want to say all your prayers on time?
- To Recite Qur’an often?
- Do you aim to learn beneficial Islamic Knowledge?
- Engage in Tahajjud?
- Practiced seeking istigfar (forgiveness)
- Increase in Dhikr?
- Perform Wudu frequently?
- Practice gratitude?
- Make dua?
- Practice Sunnah fasting? (For example it was narrated that the Prophet used to fast a lot in Shaban. Your approach can simply to pick Mondays and Thursday fasting. You can go a step further and incorporate the 3 white days.)
Look at previous post on Barakah Actions for some inspiration: BARAKAH ACTIONS
By writing and seeing what you want to incorporate, you gain clarity. There is a huge difference between thinking of what you want to do and seeing what you want to do written down. You are able to restructure yourself, plan and incorporate them leading on to Ramadan.
Bonus: Hadith on Shaban fast: Mother Aishah raḍyAllāhu ‘anha reported: The Prophet ﷺ did not observe voluntary Saum (fasting) so frequently during any other month as he did during Sha’ban. He observed Saum throughout the month of Sha’ban.
Another narration is: He ﷺ observed Saum during the whole month of Sha’ban except a few days. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Commentary: We learn from another Hadith the reason why the Prophet ﷺ kept greater number of Saum in the month of Sha’ban. He did so because deeds are presented before Allah during this month. For this reason, he liked that when his deeds were presented, he should be observing Saum (Nasa’i on the authority of Usamah رضي الله عنه In spite of this distinction of Sha’ban, Muslims have been ordered to observe Saum in the first fortnight only, and not in the second in order to maintain their energy and vitality for the obligatory Saum (i.e., Ramadan). The Prophet ﷺ had greater spiritual strength and Saum did not cause him weakness due to this strength. Again, by virtue of this strength he would sometimes even observe Saum which is termed “Saum-al-Wisal” (observing Saum continuous without a break in the evening). But he has forbidden his followers from such Saum.
*They are in no particular order of importance.
Till next Monday Fi Ammanillah!
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