Intend itikaaf by staying in the Musjid even for a few hours as according to some scholars there is no time limit for itikaaf.
Make a list of targets for Ramadan and include:
- Finishing the Qur’an multiple times
- Repent a lot and try to cry everyday
- Read a bit of tafseer, even if only one page
- Increase in Ibaadah (acts of worship)
Always make your intentions for Ramadan before it arrives in case your soul is taken beforehand, then you’ll get rewarded based on your intention.
Sufyan al Thawri (rh) said that there is no action better than seeking knowledge, if a person has the correct intention.
We need to make the intention to fast the day of ‘Arafah and not miss on the immense reward, even if you haven’t managed to fast any of the other days of Dhul Hijjah.
A sister should make the intention to fast the day of ‘Arafah and if she menstruates before then, she’ll get the reward.
Remember, the eyes, ears and tongue should fast too.
Some of the scholars of the past have said that sincerity has three signs:
- That praise and blame of the common folk become equal in your eyes.
- That you become oblivious of your own good deeds after doing them.
- That you forget about your reward for your good deeds in the Hereafter!
Sincerity is to protect one’s action from being observed by the people! Meaning you don’t need to tell everyone every good you do!
“They listen to the doctors and not eat meat due to the risks of cholesterol. But they don’t listen to Allah and they eat the flesh of their brothers by *backbiting* and so be sinful.”
– Sh. Al-Shuraym
Fill every second with the remembrance of Allah! If you are seeking knowledge and there is no increase in your actions then check your intention. There’s a defect somewhere.
As one of the people of the past said, I do not want to be a donkey taking care of errands all day long while death is approaching me.
Not that a person can’t get rewarded for doing errands and so on but we need time for all acts of worship.