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The Pre-Ramadan Preparation – The Taqwa Boost

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The countdown for Ramadan has begun. Some would say, “A long way to go still…”, while others would say, “It is so close!”. It’s a matter of perspective: how do we look at a situation. In the case of Ramadan, perspectives don’t count. The fact is that Ramadan is around the corner and we need to start our preparations. But, what should be the goal of our preparations?

Allah SWT says,

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” 1

The goal has been laid down: to have taqwa, to become righteous, to become the muttaqoon!

What is Taqwa?

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah states that taqwa includes doing everything that Allah has enjoined whether it is waajib (obligatory) or mustahabb (recommended), and avoiding all that He has forbidden, whether it is haraam (forbidden) or makrooh (disliked). 2

The scholars in Islam have said that:

 “Taqwa is an abundant treasure, a precious trait, an honorable substance, a great success and it assembles the best of both worlds. Those who have taqwa are the friends of Allah. Allah has promised them success at the time of death and deliverance from Hell on the Day of Judgement. They will abide forever in Paradise next to their Gracious Lord…….Every intelligent person envies such prestige and only a fool undermines such privileges. So beware! Do not become among the foolhardy lest you regret on the day when remorse and sorrow will have no effect.3

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This is the ultimate goal of our Ramadan preparations; to be among the righteous, for now and forever! 

Let’s talk facts. Do we expect to become muttaqoon overnight? The Ramadan moon is sighted and BOOM!!! the taqwa seed blossoms into a radiant flower within us? NO, of course NOT! 

In order to have the privilege of being among the righteous, we have to start now. For the moment, we can think about preparing ourselves with this goal for Ramadan and then, let this goal become a part of our lives too insha’Allah. We have already delayed our responsibilities as a Muslim for a long time or just attended to them in the month of Ramadan and have ultimately become “Ramadan Muslims”. This is the sad reality of the ummah today. So, how can we rectify our mistakes and achieve the goal of becoming muttaqoon?  Let’s find out:

1. Fasting The First Half Of Sha’ban:

‘A’ishah RAaa said: “The Messenger SAWS used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’ban.4

I refer to this as starting my “internal countdown timer”! These fasts tend to send a 30-day advance notification to your mind and body. You will experience the spiritual foundation being laid within yourself. You will have also succeeded in following the advice of the Prophet SAWS, and in turn obeying Allah SWT. Also, if your intention while observing these fasts was to please Allah SWT sincerely, you have managed to multiply your rewards!

2. Begin The Countdown

Put all your social media to beneficial and productive use. Share Ramadan posts, tips, ahadith, articles, ayahs and so on. When the hype goes up, the excitement grows and the preparation increases ten folds! By this, you will get into the spiritual ‘groove’ quite early, thereby, increasing your acts of ‘ibadah.

3. Stock” Your Mind

We know how to stock our pantry for Ramadan. How about doing the same with our mind? Confused? I am referring to seeking knowledge. Read, read and read more! Gather information on the sunnah practices to be observed during Ramadan, how to enhance rewards in this blessed month, how to purify yourselves, how to please Allah SWT and so on. The topics are endless and so are the resources. You are not expected to become an ‘aalim/’aalimah overnight. Start small: maybe one hadith/ayah per day with explanation, an inspirational article, stories about our Prophets or Sahabas, anything will do. Just make a start!

4. “Mirror Mirror On the Wall!”

Look past your skin, flesh and bones, deep into your soul. You know what kind of haraam activities you are involved in- big or small. Train yourself from now to get rid of them, one at a time. Punish yourself for repeating it and thank AllahSWT each time you refrain from it. Being a responsible Muslim, it’s time to learn self-control.

5. The Pre-Ramadan Plan

Education plans, career plans, wedding plans, etc. – we are great at all of it. Then why not a pre-Ramadan plan? You know your life, your schedules and your commitments. Keeping these in mind, chalk out a daily/weekly task plan (you could do this mentally too) that should include at least one Islam oriented activity- nafl fasts, nafl salaah, dhikr, Qur’an recitation, reading an Islamic book/article, listening to a lecture, charity and so on. The point is to ‘Islamisize’ your time. Of course, this is not only a pre-Ramadan, post-Ramadan or during-Ramadan plan alone, but something you should make a regular habit of throughout the year.

6. Sincere Dua’

Do not under estimate the power of dua’ and do not over estimate your capabilities. You may have had a sincere intention but maybe, you did not ask Allah SWT to help you achieve it. If that’s the case, you will eventually end up giving up on it. Remember that without the Will, Mercy and Help of Allah SWT, you cannot be successful. You must make an attempt to turn to Allah SWT. Ask Him to help you. Ask Him to make you steadfast in your pursuit, ask Him to help you attain His pleasure. We are the slaves of Allah SWT. Submit to Him with humbleness. Beg for His forgiveness, yearn for His Mercy, ask for His Guidance, for the ones who are truly guided are the ones guided by Allah!

Beg for His forgiveness, yearn for His Mercy, ask for His Guidance, for the ones who are truly guided are the ones guided by Allah!

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7. Small Beginnings

Start small. Set achievable goals. Do not overburden yourself. Else, you will run out of steam in a week. Always set aside some “me” time too, but bear in mind to keep it halal.

There are many ways in which you can make small beginnings. You can include sunnah salaah to your daily prayers, fast at least 1 nafl fast per month, read one page Qur’an daily, include the daily adhkaar before eating, leaving the house, entering the washroom, etc. This hardly takes 10 minutes out of 24 hours. Are we not ready to set aside such a small amount of time for the One who has blessed us with this life? Selfish we are indeed!

Brothers and Sisters in Islam, do not be “Ramadan Muslims” who only remember their religion in the month of Ramadan. Allah SWT is calling us to righteousness and success. How long will we live in this world? 40, 60 or maximum 80 years? What next? Have we polished ourselves with the taqwa that Allah SWT has asked us to? Have we submitted ourselves in totality to our Creator?

Make this Ramadan the turning point in your life. Break free from the deceptions of this world and indulge into the sweetness of eeman. Trust me, you will never regret!

Please share your suggestions on how we can boost our taqwa in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you. 🙂 You can comment using Facebook and Google+ as well. Just see comments section 🙂

Until next time,

Assalamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu!

  1.  Surah al-Baqarah, 2: 183
  2.  From the essay of al-Wasiyyah al-Jaami’ah li khayr al-Sunya wa’l-Aakhirah : http://archive.org/stream/AdviceForOnesAffairs-IbnTaymiyah/AdviceForOnesAffairs-IbnTaymiyah_djvu.txt
  3.  Taqwa: The Provision of Believers. Compiled by Aby Maryam Majdi, Al-Firdous Ltd from the works of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
  4.  Narrated by al-Bukhari, no. 1833; Muslim, no. 1956; Also refer: http://islamqa.info/en/13726
  5.  Surah al-Kahf, 18:17

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  1. fatima21angelic@yahoo.co.uk'
    Fatima

    Baraka Allahu fik..
    Subhanallah .. This is My first Ramadan and You have given me a clear guideline. And I agree we should all do this all the time. In Sha Allah. Keep up the good work.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      May Allah make it easy for all of us to follow His commands and take maximum benefits of this blessed month!

      1. Aishah Ahmed

        Wa’alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu

        Ameen. May Allah make it easy for you too and envelope us all in His encompassing mercy and forgiveness.

    2. hauwa_abbas34@yahoo.com'
      Hauwa

      Wow that’s amazing , hope its the best Ramadan for you sister!! May Allah make this month nothing but peace and fulfillment for you 😀

  2. ydahabo87@yahoo.com'
    Yasmin jillo

    MashAllah! Thanks for uplifting my spirit and to Aishah, jazakalahu kheir for the good work. I wish all Muslimahs would be like you who use their energy in the cause of Allah s.w.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      BarakAllahu feek. May Allah make it easy for all of us to follow His commands and take maximum benefits of this blessed month!

  3. mualmaa@gmail.com'
    mu almaa

    Maa Shaa Allah!! May Allah reward you abundantly for the post n In Shaa Allah, may make this pre-Ramadhan be our life time Ramadhan’s lives!!

  4. roosh14@gmail.com'
    Rooshna

    Walaicumussalam… Jazak Allahu Khairan for extremely helpful tips. May Allah help us in adopting them all. Ameen.

  5. biorashed.ru@gmail.com'
    Rashed-রাশেদ

    Masaallah!!! I have desire to pray Tahajjud prayer in every night before sehri!!!! Already um practising!!! Do’a for me brothers & sisters… zazakallahu khairan…. salam….

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      BarakAllahu feek. May Allah make it easy for you and us too to follow His commands and be among those He loves.

  6. mwahab@hotmail.com'

    Wa Alaykum Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

    Masha Allah! JazakAllahu Khair!

    Alhamdulillah, it is the most rewarding achievement to have Taiwan and by striving to continue to grow our Taiwan for the sake of Almighty Allah!

    May Almighty Allah have mercy and guide us all to righteousness! Ameen!

    1. mwahab@hotmail.com'

      Wa Alaykum Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

      Masha Allah! JazakAllahu Khair!

      Alhamdulillah, it is the most rewarding achievement to have Taqwa and by striving to continue to grow our Taqwa for the sake of Almighty Allah!

      May Almighty Allah have mercy and guide us all to righteousness! Ameen!

  7. dimplesdanni@hotmail.com'
    Aishah

    insha’Allah as new revert i hope to learn the Quran in arabic and be a good role model for my children so they know the greatness of Allah in their hearts not just their lives

  8. Ghazenfarbutt@aol.com'
    Ghazenfar butt

    I seek , Almighty forgiveness and show me the right path . Ameen very informative Ramadan plan, please Allah , I seek your help in getting near , thus plan.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      Sincerity in intentions and dedication to please Allah are the key factors which will help us achieve this goal. Allah will recognize our efforts and make it easy for us. May Allah forgive our shortcomings and guide us to the path that He loves.

  9. arifibrahimgrace@gmail.com'
    arif...

    Al hamulillah…I re start quran with understanding..n do full moon fast.this year I plan read prophet bpuh biography.in sha allah

  10. shireenhajeesmail@gmail.com'
    Shireen Hajee

    Assalamualaikum,

    I have been reading your posts and sharing it on FB. I would like to make a request to you that you, please, write about the uselessness of idol worship as stated by ALLAH (SWT) in the Quran in diff verses in diff places. E.g. Ask the idol-worshippers, can the idols hear or speak or see or even help them. And verses like these which can be used to impress upon my Hindu friends. I can do it myself but your posts are impressive. As my friends are far-off I think me sharing the posts results in at least few of my school friends reading them.

    I do the balaag personally to people whom I meet. And I do use direct strike method in order to make them understand the uselessness of idol worship using the same words as by ALLAH (SWT) in diff. verses. asking them Who created the universe? to which they answer, ALLAH. I also ask them if a fly were to take away something from the food offered to the idols, will these idols be able to bring it back from the fly. Also where ALLAH had told us to ask them, Can the Idols create even a blade of grass?

    Alhumdoolillaah, the answers that I get from the people are exactly the same words as narrated by ALLAH (SWT) in the Quran.

    And Wallah, this Balaag does really increase my faith in ALLAH (SWT), His Messenger (PBUH) and His Quran.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      Wa’alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu Sister Shireen,

      Your suggestion has been noted. In shaa’ Allah, I will try to incorporate it in my future posts. 🙂

  11. biorashed.ru@gmail.com'
    Rashed-রাশেদ

    Masaallah!!! I have desired to pray Tahajjud prayer in every night before sehri!!!! Already um practising!!! Do’a for me brothers & sisters… zazakallahu khairan…. salam….

  12. sameeyausman@hotmail.com'
    ummDaoud

    Such amazing tips but when i read this and other posts like it my heart fills with dismay as this will be the 2nd year in a row when i cant fast as last year i was expecting a baby and this time i am nursing him. I am do grateful that allah gave me a child but Without the spiritual boost of the fast no matter how much i read or make dua or pray its not the same for my iman level. My husband consoles ne that inshallah next year but we can never be sure of that. What should i do to make thw best of ramadan without fasting???

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      May Allah reward you for your intentions! Sister, whenever I feel the ‘spiritual boost’ lacking, I usually listen to lectures about the life of our Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam and the Sahabas radiyallahu anhum, repeatedly! Their lives are filled with so much inspiration which will immediately get us on our toes. Also, if you are a non-Arabic speaker, you can search for a Qur’an translation that you understand very well. Listen to it and experience Allah talking and commanding you. You will definitely feel the bubbles of eeman bursting within you.

  13. simplenagpal786@gmail.com'
    simple nagpal

    Asalam alaikum..
    I am a born hindu. I am marrying a muslim. I started reading quran and sahih-al-bukhari. I believe in Allah (swt).
    I read and listen quran translation in english. I do not know how to pray.how can I please Allah (swt)…what should I do in Ramadaan..when I m a born non.muslim and do not know how to offer salah.
    Please advise.
    JazakAllah Khairan

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      Wa’alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu

      May Allah guide you to the righteous path and make your heart inclined towards the sweetness of this deen!

      I would advise you to take IOU’s Diploma course: THE NEW MUSLIM which is completely free of cost. It covers all the details that would prove highly beneficial to you, in shaa’ Allah. Please visit this site for further details: http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com/opencampus/

      If you have any queries on how to register and further procedure, kindly e-mail info@iou.edu.gm.

      I hope this is helpful, in shaa’ Allah. 🙂

      1. simplenagpal786@gmail.com'
        simple nagpal

        Insha Allah..I will definitely read about it on the online university.
        I am already registered on it.
        JazakAllah Khairan
        Your information was very helpful 🙂
        Allah guide us all to the right path
        Aameen.

  14. iruma@hotmail.co.uk'
    irum

    great reminder. Can you plz throw some light on sunna izkar in Ramadan. And itekaf rulings specially for women’s with kids to look after.
    Thank you

  15. saidaa.ahmad@gmail.com'
    Saida

    BarakAllah feek. . Masha Allah very nice advice insha Allah let’s start doing these activities for the sake of Allah this Ramadan and ask Allah to keep it even after Ramadan with us..

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  17. faizan.jeems@gmail.com'
    Muhammad Faizan Khalid

    Jazak ALLAH khair sister Aishah. Masha Allah you are a very kind and helpful person. May Allah forgive you and give you more wisdom and energy to spread the message of Islam Aameen, please pray for me as i am struggling for the job as well as pray for my health too. I am mentally depressed and negative thoughts come into my mind when i pray. I am sure you will help me by giving good advice.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      BarakAllahu feek. Ameen to the dua’s.

      May Allah ease all your worries and grant you complete shifa’.

      Negativity is the work of Shaytan; one of his tricks to pull you into the depressions of this dunya. Busy yourself with the dhikr of Allah and the Qur’an with its understanding. Beg for His forgiveness. Talk to Allah, literally. Pour your heart out to Him and you will see how better you feel. Ask Him to ease your sorrow and send tranquility upon you. Ask Him to help you to be patient in these times and be among those who are grateful to Him in difficulty and in ease. Trust Allah with the most sincere of intentions and know that He alone can help us. Remember that Allah never burdens us much more than we can bear. Allah has told us that:

      Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.[Surah Ash-Sharĥ, 94:6]

      Remember, that His promise is always true…

  18. najeebclc@yahoo.com'
    najeeb

    Add this small but powerful dua of Hazrat Noon a.s

    Fa’daa rab’bahu anni mughlouban fantasir.

    ‘ So he asked O my Lord, I am poor/overpowered, please help me.’ Surah Qamar, ayat 10

  19. hibo.89@gmail.com'

    “You must make an attempt to turn to Allah SWT. Ask Him to help you. Ask Him to make you steadfast in your pursuit, ask Him to help you attain His pleasure. We are the slaves of Allah SWT. Submit to Him with humbleness. Beg for His forgiveness, yearn for His Mercy, ask for His Guidance, for the ones who are truly guided are the ones guided by Allah!” MASHA ALLAH! what a true inspiration! i loved and enjoyed every bit of this article. AISHAH AHMED we needed this most! JAZAKA ALLAH sister. may ALLAH SWT bless and reward you for this educative article.

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  21. lets_follow_islam@yahoo.com'
    sonia

    JazakAllah khair….only Allak pak can give u rewards for these efforts u r doing for us to help us to see the right path…jazak Allah

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      BarakAllahu feeki Sister. May Allah accept it from us and may He give us the ability to strive on His path.

  22. yusufth.mulei@gmail.com'
    yusuf thomas

    Jazaka Allahu kheiran and may Allah also bless everyone who has put tireless n priceless effort to see this account nourishing. May Allah , make us easy for everyon to learn n reflect His Seen and reflect to our life. Jazaka Allahu kheiran

  23. khanakhlaque7@gmail.com'
    Akhlaque Khan

    Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah. Jazak Allahu Khair for this beneficial article but i want to know whether we can keep fast for the first half of Shaban or anytime in the whole month.

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  25. khairuddin.ayubi@gmail.com'

    Asalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!
    May Allah Reward you sister Aisha for the excellent topic which really helped me in boosting my taqwa. I would also like to add that if only we Muslims try to make a plan before Ramadan we would be surprised to see that Almighty Allah would maximize the possibilities of our good actions in the month ahead. May Allah reward us with the best of rewards both in this world and the hereafter.

    1. Aishah Ahmed

      Wa ‘alaykumassalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu

      Ameen! Yes, that is true as Allah always makes it easy for us when we turn towards Him.

  26. tycoonmeenat@gmail.com'
    Ibrahim B Ibrahim

    Alhamdulillah Jazaakallahu’kyaran….may Allah guide us and give us strength and faith
    to worship him….4ever with all our abilities.(ameen)

  27. kami_103@yahoo.com'
    Kamran Sabir

    Jazak Allah khairun sister for such a great article to understand the purpose of Ramadan.
    I just want to suggest all my brothers and sisters that to implment the system of justice in the land of Allah is also Taqwa.
    So we have to start from our family,friends and society to raise the standing of Muslims.

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  33. aijazpalla59@gmail.com'
    Ahmad Aijaz Palla

    Jazakallahu khairann katheera May Allaah bless you and reward you for all your good works In Sha Allaah this will be the best Ramadan for all believes and IN Sha allaah more and more disbelievers will come to accept Allah’s Deen. Do remember in your prayers.

  34. babaganashettima07@gmail.com'
    Babagana Shettima

    This is what I wanted it inspired me motivated me and boosted my eeman. Great post may Allah bless you

  35. israt.khandaker@gmail.com'
    Dr.Israt Jahan

    Assalamualaikum. I am a doctor by profession. A mother of two children ( age 15yrs and 15yrs. )My husband is also a doctor. .I try to live with Taqwa. All day long l try to follow my sunnah besides my profession.
    I want do more pray , more nafal ibadah, more rescite of Quran, more night nafal pray.But I can’t do that for my whole day tiredness. Some time I afraid of Allah, when will he angry with me. I think it is very less ibadah for me I do.In Ramadan, it more busy time for us women. I want to do more strong Taqwa and more nafal ibadah and more sunnah. Please give me guide line I can do practice over my business and tiredness. Thank you. Allah hafiz.

  36. bushranaheed76@yahoo.com'
    bushra

    asalam o alaikum
    mashaa ALLAH the article.u rite its.out standing nd beneficiel for all of us Aisha.
    i hope.every one whi reads.this will surely act upon this in this ramadan nd making this bestest ramadan insha ALLAH as myself i realy appriciet of ur work for our deen ALLAH SWT gives knoldge of his deen to every one nd also give hidaya to act upon it
    jazakALLAH.

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  38. munawar_baig@yahoo.com'
    MonaAbbas

    Assalamualaikum
    Masha Allah sister.may Allah involves everyone to spread the msg of peace n , give hidayah to every knowledgeable sister to work like u.

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