The good habits that we developed we need to continue to work on them and persevere in them. For example:
- Praying salaah in the musjid (especially Esha and Fajr)
- To read Qur’an every single day
- To continue with night prayer and make du’a in our sujood.
- To make du’a every day that Allah keeps us on the Straight Path
- To check ourselves on a daily basis and accuse ourselves of the sins we have committed and repent from them.
- To continue working on our character by pinpointing what can be improved about ourselves and working on it.
- To read and ponder over the Qur’an. To learn a portion of it by heart and recite it in our prayers. To also apply it to our lives as much as possible.
- To ensure all the fard duties are completed on time and to the best of our ability.
- To continue to give charity every single day
- To continue building our relationship with Allah by learning about Him. Knowing who He is through His Lofty names and attributes. Using those names in du’a to call upon Him.
- To continue praying extra salaah such as the 12 Sunnah and qiyaam.
- To fast regularly such as Mondays and Thursdays and the three white days of the month.
- To make du’a regularly and during special times.
- To appreciate what we have.
- To eat less and not over indulge.
- To try and finish the Qur’an minimum once a month which is a juz (chapter) a day.
- To memorise more and ponder over the words of Allah.
- To encourage family to do the same.
- To make du’a your Ramadaan is accepted and to make du’a you reach the next Ramadan.
- To lower your gaze.
- Longer sujoods.
- Have a separate portion for contemplation of the Qur’an even if it’s just a Verse a day.
Things to Give Up in Ramadaan
- Anything that you spend too much time on e.g the phone
- Unnecessary speech
- Try not to get angry
- Make plenty of tawbah
- Try to pray every salaah in the musjid
- Pray with khushu
- Finish the Qur’an slowly with contemplation and translation
- Make a list of your worst habits and try to give them up.
Targets for The Last 10 Nights
- Make sure you pray Isha and Fajr in jamaat without fail.
- In the last third of the night (or when you wake up for suhoor) make sure you have a list of du’as to make.
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.
Planning is extremely important, and it’s known that the Prophet (saw) would plan.
Try to plan daily targets (using a diary, your phone or even a loose piece of paper) of what you need to accomplish of the dunya and deen things; revising or going to the bank.
- I want to memorise the whole Qur’an in one month (too much)
- I want to memorise a few Ayaats in a few months (too little)
- I want to memorise one ayaat a day (a perfect amount as it is small and consistent).
Try to plan targets for Ramadaan from today. These can be started now such as increasing the amount of Qur’an you read in a day, the amount of salaah you pray in Musjid, getting up earlier for Qiyaam ul Layl.
Pitfalls in planning:
- Too much or too little
- Relaxing too much
- Not preparing for things that could potentionally go wrong
- Not stopping, checking and evaluating your targets and asking questions such as how is my plan going? What could be improved?