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Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, the month of mercy and forgiveness, the long-awaited month of the year. It is where people find themselves eager to revive their hearts, form a bond with their Creator and simply cleanse themselves thoroughly from within! Therefore, is it not natural for one to be keen on making the most out of this blessed month by avoiding the distractions and obstacles?

Many of our daily routines and practices act as potential obstacles for us during the month of fasting, thus hindering our productivity and *golden* opportunity for spiritual growth. We must not allow that to happen, rather we should benefit from every moment to come in order to prevent ourselves from being disappointed at the end of the month.

The ‘Not-to-do’ list:

1) Having the wrong intentions

The reward a person gets from fasting during Ramadan is simply tremendous. This is why it becomes a major loss for one if the entire month is fasted for the sake of showing-off rather than for the sake of Allah swt (1).

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah SAW said:
“Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied for him, between ten and seven hundred times for each merit. Allah said: ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I shall reward for it.'” 1
Purify your intentions every single day in order to not miss out on such a great reward!

2) Overeating at suhur/iftar

Due to the special meals that are prepared during the month of Ramadan, people tend to overeat, hence, gain weight by the end of the month. This, however, is a habit that MUST be avoided, because the quality of our prayers are thus affected. Overeating at suhur could lead to missing or being late to fajr prayers. Similarly, heavy iftar meals result in late maghrib prayers. Moreover, the feeling of satiation discourages one from standing for taraweeh- Ramadan’s special bonus!

The importance of moderate intakes of food is vividly portrayed in this hadith:

Miqdam bin Ma’dikarib said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah SAW saying: ‘The human does not fill any container that is worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat what will support his back. If this is not possible, then a third for food, a third for drink, and third for his breath.” 2
Ramadan is a month of spiritual growth and excessive consumption of food will only result in negative consequences, thus we should try our best to avoid that.

3) Over-indulging in lavish iftar parties

This is an especially negative point for women, as they are given the responsibility of preparing the meals. Spending an entire day trying to host an iftar party results in less time for worship and spiritual nourishment as well as exhaustion by the end of the day, hence, the inability to pray taraweeh. Moreover, the majority of these iftar parties involve more of idle talk and time wastage rather than quality ‘ibadah.

Tips:

  • Take a simpler approach when hosting an iftar party (where you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen)
  • Avoid attending all the gatherings you are invited to
  • Introduce activities in gatherings to include more ‘ibadah such as fund raising for charity, reading duas, sharing reminders and prophetic lessons, etc. 3goals-of-ramadan-image

4) Engaging in useless activities and wasting time

This would include watching TV, playing games, engaging in useless debates, gossiping and idle talk. Gossiping and backbiting are not only useless but are also forbidden in Islam.

Allah swt (1) warns us in the Noble Qur’an about this condemned act:

“O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.” (Surat Al-Ĥujurāt; 49:12)

We should avoid wasting time during the month of Ramadan as every moment grants us the opportunity to gain Allah’s forgiveness. Enormous rewards can be earned if time is spent wisely and for the sake of Allah swt (1).

Tips:

  • Reciting, learning and memorizing the Qur’an
  • Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah swt (1)
  • Prepare an iftar meal for the orphans and poor
  • Donate money and clothes to charities
  • Distributing water to the poor, etc.

5) Unhealthy meals

Unhealthy, oily food is very common during Ramadan, but these must be avoided as they unfortunately lead to obesity and heart diseases. They also affect the quality of our ‘ibadah due to the fatigue caused by fatty foods.

Tips:

  • Avoid eating oily, fatty foods
  • Increase you intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Drink adequate amounts of water to avoid dehydration
  • Have more sunnah and energizing foods, especially at suhur e.g. dates, olives, watermelon, honey, etc. 4

Ramadan is a beautiful month revolving around ‘ibadah, a gift from Allah swt (1) to erase our sins and to help us establish a strong, long-lasting bond with Him. Do not waste this chance by pursuing trivial activities. Treat it as your last Ramadan, thus stimulating yourself to maximize your rewards.

May Allah swt (1) make us from those who fully utilize this month and from those who win His acceptance and forgiveness. Ameen.

Resources:

  • Avoid burnout during Ramadan- Productive Muslim: http://productivemuslim.com/avoid-burnout-during-ramadan/

Did you like the article? :) Let us know in comments section what was the best tip and if there is any tip you would like to share :) 

  1.   Sunan Ibn Majah
  2.   Jami’ at-Tirmidhi
  3. http://productivemuslim.com/avoid-burnout-during-ramadan/
  4.   http://productivemuslim.com/avoid-burnout-during-ramadan/
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        1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

          JazakAllah khair for the feedback brother
          I am studying Islamic Economics at the Islamic Online Univeristy.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala.
      Indeed, we should all try our best to implement what we learn, may Allah help us to do that, Ameen.

  1. shabana.madathil08@gmail.com'
    Shabana Nurudeen

    Jazakkallah khair.. When ever I got distracted with duniya simply go thru ur articles and that makes me calm and help me obedient to my Creator.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa jazakum
      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad you are finding this blog useful
      BarakAllahu feekum, may Allah help you to do good deeds at all times, Ameen.

  2. simplenagpal786@gmail.com'
    simple nagpal

    Asalam alaikum
    The articles on the blog are always motivating. ALLAH (s.w.t.) bless us all

    Is is permissible to listen to Quran arabic and english translation that we download from the internet in our mobile phones.
    How shoukd we listen to it. Is there any special ruke to follow.can we listen it while doing put houselhold chores and play it on some audio player and while travelling in a vehicle.

    Please advise
    JazakaAllah Khayran

    1. Tariqbaig19@gmail.com'
      Mohd. Tarique Baig

      wa alaikum as salaam , as long as u are listening and not disrespecting you can surely play it on a player :) and about keeping it in mobile phones , i think the mobile should be taken care of as we do with The Quraan. Not keeping it here and there as The Holy Quraan is kept in it . Let the experts say more about it :)

  3. simplenagpal786@gmail.com'
    simple nagpal

    Asalam alaikum
    The articles on the blog are always motivating. ALLAH (s.w.t.) bless us all

    Is it permissible to listen to Quran arabic and english translation that we download from the internet in our mobile phones.
    How should we listen to it. Is there any special rule to follow.can we listen it while doing household chores and play it on some audio player and while travelling in a vehicle.

    Please advise
    JazakaAllah Khayran

    1. Rabi_lone@yahoo.com'
      Rabi Lone

      In Surah Al-A’raaf ayat#204. So, when the Qur’an is recited, listen to it, and be silent that you may receive mercy. [i.e. during the compulsory congregational prayers when the Imam (of a mosque) is leading the prayer (except Surat Al-Fatiha), and also when he is delivering the Friday-prayer Khutbah]. [Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol.9, Pages 162-4]

  4. salisgambo1@yahoo.com'
    Mohammed Salisu Gambo

    Alhamdullah and jazakumullahu big khair.
    Kindly assist with the to-do list and most preferred and sunna duas during Ramadan.

  5. scratist1@gmail.com'
    Bawa Yakubu

    Indeed I enjoyed reading the article and it really revived me on certain aspects regarding Ramadan and not Ramadan alone, but one’s personal life. Talking about the fatty foods I am aspiring to become a footballer one day but am still searching for my lack, redy about the fatty foods and how it makes you gets tired during the month of Ramadan is something I learnt quite well. I’ll learn to abide by it and not only in this month but for the rest of my life to avoid fatique which is essential to my health standards.

    My best tips its the 5th point about unhealthy foods. Great tips there. May Allah reward your good work.

  6. ziyaadj@outlook.com'
    Ziyaad

    JazaakAllah ghayr, really practical anf useful tips. May Allah (swt) grant us understanding and ability to practice.

  7. atherally@gmail.com'
    Athar

    Assalam o Alaikum,

    Always learned a new lesson from your articles. May Allah give us strength to obey all commandments of Quraan and Sunnah !!! Aameen

    JazakaAllah Khair

  8. Fathia4618@gmail.com'
    Fathia

    Mansha Allah it is very important to understand the value and important of Ramadan. I liked this article because it reminded the valuebility of Ramadan.i will visit this article and refer to my Muslim brothers and sisters.

  9. ariffmohamed75@yahoo.com'
    Ariff

    Assalaamu Alaikum !
    Indeed this is an eye-opener,I found it very useful and since it is printed version,I can read it for my son and discuss it with him.
    JazaakAllah!

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam
      JazakAllah khair for the feedback brother, I’m glad it was useful.
      Yes do share it with friends and family so that all may benefit in sha Allah!

  10. saimartin@live.com'
    Sainabou Martín Sonko

    MaashaAllah! What a beautiful reminder it is for all Muslim brothers and sisters. May Allah (S.W.T.) make it easy for all Muslims practice all the tips for the month and avoid the undesirable elements in it. Fa TabaarakaAllah!

  11. naiyera@aol.com'
    Naiyera

    truely useful we all know most of these informations but gentle reminder like this will make a change eventually . So that we all practice this blessed month in a most productive way not just throwing and attending Iftar parties!
    I really liked the idea of connecting Iftar party with a fund raising it will go long way in terms is multiplying the sawab.
    Want to thank you for the article.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakiAllah khair for your feedback sister, we really appreciate it!
      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad you found it useful :)

  12. muhammad.aminu600@gmail.com'
    Aminu muhammad shehu

    assalamu alaikum, l have learned alot through your ramadan tips jazakumullahu khairan fiduniya wal akhirah. Thanks.

  13. Nihal.Kilany3@gmail.com'
    Nihal Kilany

    It’s very useful and the idea of writing such an article in this time is marvelous and beneficial to whoever reads it Thank you. However I believe you might have written more points other than those, as people waste Ramadan in many other ways like over sleeping, not pray on time ( where Ramadan is an opportunity for developmemt in Ibadah ) , nit making duaa right before Iftar ( as it is -by GOD’s will – accepted ) , … etc

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for the feedback
      True, there are many other points to mention as well, may Allah reward you for your input :)

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Allah
      Ameen :)
      To receive notifications about new articles kindly subscribe to the blog, a green box should appear when you open up the blog, fill in your details and in sha Allah you will be updated!

  14. Bnkhanrn@gmail.com'
    Bnkhan

    These articles are so beautiful . They motivate you to be your best. May Allah swt shower you with His mercy for sharing!

  15. Roma4yac@gmail.com'
    Romana

    MashAllah that’s really very helpfull Allah give you reward of spreading such a nice tips and I really make routine according to that and if we think that’s our last Ramadan than we really get and collect much more Rehmat in that Ramadan so also remember me in your prays and remember my name (romana) in your prays thanks

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad you found it helpful
      In sha Allah, do remember is in your prayers as well
      Ameen

  16. khawla92@ymail.com'

    It was too beneficial to me I benefit a lot from this articles inshal we will work with this tips inorder to gain more time to worship allah thanks and jazakom allah khir.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I’m happy to hear that it was beneficial sister Khawla :)
      May Allah help us implement these tips, Ameen

  17. hawayusifsamba@gmail.com'
    hawa Yusif Samba

    Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil aalamin, jazaakallahu akhaira Sheik. May the almighty Allah bless you more for this reminder.

  18. ThidaNaknawa@gmail.com'
    thida

    I have one question
    If we hear the Azan call
    Should we stop intake of food or we can continue till Azan call end….

  19. jibriel3@gmail.com'
    Jibriel Suale

    JazakaAllah Khayran.

    Very Very Useful. May Allah ( SWT) reward you for your efforts.

    The blog is always filled with beneficial articles.

  20. m_naeem32@yahoo.com'
    Mohammed Naeemuddin

    Jazakallahakhair for these helpful tips. Keep fasts whole of the month with eagerness and zeal. Even if you can’t observe fast due to some serious illness or for any other reason permissible in shariah, strictly avoid eating before others out of the respect for the sanctity of ramadan. To all intents and purposes, you must appear as if you are fasting.
    Try to recite the Qur’an distinctly and with understanding. Along with frequent recitation, be careful to grasp the meaning of the Holy Qur’an with a clear impact of its message on your mind and heart.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Some other things to avoid can be:
      Vain talk, wasting time, getting angry, not helping out others, complaining a lot, being impatient, not making dua’ during the special times, and the list goes on…

  21. maryamnenemuhammad@gmail.com'
    Maryam Muhammad

    Ma Sha Allah. Jazaakillah khairan sister. It was certainly helpful. May Allah have mercy on us all, strengthen our imaan, increase our taqwa and grant us Jannah In Sha Allah. Ameen.
    Ramadan Mubarak.

  22. zinaza41@gmail.com'
    Aziza

    Assalam Alaykum.
    Thanks alot for this article. I am alone now for two weeks but I think I Will try to make ftaar for other Who go to mosque until I get back home. Thanks à lot

  23. althea_abdulkarim@yahoo.com'
    Thea

    Salam… MashaaAllah , an awesome reminders not only the month of the holy Ramadhan but the whole life itself, i really like to read an Islamic article coz it’s most beneficial to us, and thought about the day of ressurection for preparation and also a beneficial to us in this world, alhamdulillah for the information regarding the obsevance of the Hily month, jazaakhillahukhair Sheikh Dr Billal Phillips for the good knowledge you’ve for us, may Allah reward you more and Blessed inshallah… Shukran maasalamaa

  24. Salifuwaris@rocketmail.com'
    Abdul-Waris

    Masha’Allah this is a very helpful article, love all the tips, may Allah guide us, forgive us and strengthen us on the right path. Ameen

  25. sissinou@alquds.com'
    yassine tayeb

    ohhhh ibadah means worship cause i’m a native arabic speaker and at first i read it like إبادة which means extermination and i was shocked like what? ramadan is a month of killing? hahah
    it’s a good article by the way very helping

  26. misbahiram16@yahoo.com'
    misbahiram

    Very nice it is!It realy guide us to spend ramadan i realy liked it inshallah wil try to fulfill actually we must do it
    May allah give us opertunity to do it

  27. robietafatimah@gmail.com'
    Robieta Fatimag c Torres

    MashaAllah ..InshaAllah we benefited all your said articles Very informative base on Ramadan activities and lead to the purifications of our souls ti be closer to the Creator ( Allah Subhan waTa a’la

  28. abusafianu35@yahoo.com'
    Abu Safianu

    Please Sheikh can I have intercourse with my wife during the month of Ramadan? Especially during the lailatul-Khadr period.

  29. aliabatool7@gmail.com'
    Alia batool

    jazak ALLAH. it is very usefull blog and keeping in view the surroundings we have now a days it is very important for the revival of emann.

  30. muinat.Ibrahim@yahoo.com'
    Muinat

    Jazakallah khaira, it’s a form of reminder which is appreciated. May Allah reward you both in this world and hereafter.

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  32. athena_asamiya@hotmail.fr'
    Yasmina

    Assalam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
    This is well written and full of advice. One of the tips at the end says to eat fruits a lot, which is absolutely true but better have them in the evening than in the morning. The sugar in the fruits will make the body making insulin to drop the sugar level and will increase cravings during the morning/day. Also, because of the sugar, better eat more vegetables than fruits because sugar makes still fatty even if it comes from fruits ! Eat some but not too much. Think about cucumbers, tomatoes (full of water !), avocados (good fat and filling !), fatty fish (salmon, tuna, they’re filling and with good fat, better than meat if meat eaten often), especially during evening. On morning, better have stuff like bread, pasta, etc. and drink WATER ONLY. Please :)

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu,
      JazakiAllah khair sister for your suggestions, very helpful mashAllah :)

  33. Aamirkhan0024@gmail.com'
    Aamir Khab

    Masha’Allah very well written very informative..
    May Allah swt give us the opportunity to perform Ramadhan according to what He wants.

    Ameen..

  34. dhuruaafiya@gmail.com'
    aafiya

    Jazakallah… Vry usefull article spcly for womens who spend lots f tym making iftaris. I’ll try to avoid all tis things in sha allah.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for the feedback brother, may Allah accept it. Kindly keep us in your dua’s and share these articles with family and friends!

  35. ben.angkayah@yahooo.com'
    Ben Saudi

    Alhamdulillah =)

    Shukran for this Reminder, this really helped me a lot and remind me of my responsibility and gave me wisdom of what this Holiest Month is all about, hope to share this In shaa Allah.

    Jazakallahu khairan!

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for the feedback brother
      Please do share it with friends and family so that all may benefit in sha Allah!

  36. idristetteh@gmail.com'
    Idris Tetteh

    Maasha Allaah! Alhamdulillah. It was very very useful, far beyond compliments. I only wish it could go viral to reach about a billion Muslims worldwide in shaa Allaah. All the tips were very important and must be applied not only in Ramadhaan but in other months as well. The tips which really touched me were: Read and memorize the Qur’an, and provide food for the orphans and provide water to the poor.

    Allaahu Aq’bar! Allaahu Aq’bar! Allaahu Aq’bar Kabeera! Jazak Allaahu khairan wa feeka barak Allaahu yaa habeebatee. Shukraan.

    May Allaah help you study well and complete your course successfully. May your studies be beneficial to all humans on earth. May Allaah guide and set your affairs in order. Ameen Thumma Ameen Yaa Rabbi!

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for the lovely feedback brother, may Allah accept it.
      All praise is due to Allah for making it useful to others, may He help us implement it, Ameen.
      Do share these articles with friends and family so that all may benefit in sha Allah :)
      Ameen to the generous dua, wa iyyakum.

  37. afsheenrasheed@yahoo.com'
    Afsheen

    السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    gr8 advice.. very well written.. may Allah SWT enable us to put these tips into practice and successfully reform ourselves this Ramadan. May He SWT reward you and bless you with the success of this world and in the hereafter. Aameen
    جزاك الله خيراً كثيراً كثيرة
    رمضان كريم

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      و عليكم السلام و رحمة الله و بركاته
      JazakAllah khairan for the feedback :)
      Ameen, wa iyyakum

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  39. revoqidus@gmail.com'
    Asad A

    Please remove this stupid share-button bar/column on the left. It is literally obstructing a chunk of the whole paragraph and is a major turn off for readers!!

  40. rrquinzonrn@gmail.com'
    ameera quinzon

    Assalamu alaikom! A timely reminder for another Ramadan is coming in about 3 months’ time. In sha Allah this would help all of us to help us in observing the importance of this holy month.

    Thank you sister, Ibtihal for your help.

    May Allah reward you with more valuable insights that you may continue helping others to be mindful of Allah and HIS attributes.

    JazzakAllahu khair!

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