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Preparing for Ramadan

Another year has come to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan and the countdown is on! How are you preparing to make this the most memorable and beneficial month of 2010?

Allah says in the Glorious Quran, “O you who believe, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may attain righteousness” [2:183]

Ramadan has come to lift us up out of the deep muddy waters we may be stuck in and deliver us from darkness to light. The Prophet (pbuh) has said that in this month, the gates of Paradise are open whilst the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. It is a month of opportunity, a month of repentance, a month of worship and a month of remembrance. It is the month in which the Qu’ran was revealed, where the victory of the Muslims came about in the Battle of Badr and when Makkah was conquered by the Muslims allowing Islam to flourish.

With Ramadan fast approaching, the Muslim has an opportunity to cleanse his soul and start a new page in bettering himself. It is his chance to declare sincere repentance from all sins committed in order for him to be eligible for Allah's reward in the blessed month. We can view it as a detoxification of the inner self!

As young Muslims we should not let this opportunity pass but instead seize the moment with both hands. To make this a productive month, we should strive to do good by bettering ourselves in our prayers, as the rewards are heavily increased, and make more dua for yourself and others because the supplication of a fasting person is never rejected by Allah the Most Forgiving. Quran should also be recited more frequently and as the hours will be longer; it will give us more time to read, study and reflect on the greatest miracle given to mankind. Keep all your daily prayers upon their set time and try your utmost to pray during the night, as the Prophet (pbuh) said that he who prays the whole night prayer behind the Imam; it is as if he has prayed the whole night! Also try to do extra acts of worship such as giving in charity and keeping good manners, refraining from bad habits and being kind to others.

So, Ramadan is less than a week away and if you haven’t already, start to get in your ‘spiritual mode’ in time for its arrival and make this the best Ramadan yet!

The Prophet (phub) said that Allah said, “Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward for it…”

Useful websites that you can go on to help you get through Ramadan are:

Productive Ramadan - http://www.productiveramadan.com/
Ramadan Checklist - http://www.scribd.com/doc/277033/Ramadhan-action-checklist

Check out how the other mynet users are preparing for Ramadan on the forum:

Ramadan Diary 2010 - http://www.muslimyouth.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=300

If you know of any useful information that could be of benefit to all us, post them up!

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thnx alot 4 this...ramadan is near, so hav to start practicing a lot of new stuff...proud to say that i hav the habit of fasting as i fast evry monday and thursday wid my parents.its sunnah... from sources i found out our prophet used to fast on isnin (monday) and jumarat (thursday)..
i wana tell every1 to do it.its a vry good practice..

[1] mohsina rahman at 14:55 on 16 Jun 11 report this
 

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Oh thanks for that Madz! Looks good, I'll download that soon :)

[2] Learning at 17:55 on 11 Aug 10 report this
 

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[3] Madz at 15:30 on 11 Aug 10 report this
 

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Well tomorrow is the 1st of Ramadhan for me.
To prepare, I fasted today and yesterday, found them
slightly hard... but it's all good! Trying to cut down on how
much music I listen to and listen to more religious things like
Quran and Dua.

[4] Learning at 14:01 on 11 Aug 10 report this
 

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