RAMADAN with WISDOM [Part 3] “Plan Ramadan Smartly – 1”
Muslims are so happy that the Ramadan is a …… days from now. We are ready to do good deeds, keep away from bad deeds, and ask forgiveness hoping you sins will get demolished. But at the end, we are disappointed for failing to utilize the month. Many try to make a Ramadan Planner, to make the most of Ramadan, and many fall short to accomplish them. So plan Ramadan smartly.
The goals should be; precise and specific, that you are clear what, how, and why to do, realistic, consisting of progressive tasks and steps; relevant, to you, don’t just try to imitate others, know your ability; and within the reach of time
Mind your desires
Desires are one of the most important factors that make human being to forget, neglect and reject their true purpose of life. List out your common desires, the sinful, futile, destructive etc,. It may contain watching movie, spending time with friends unnecessarily, mocking the weak, lying, shouting at your parents and so on. Once you have a list, the next step is to decide not to do it again. And remember, Shaythan is being locked in the month of fasting. Prophet (S) said to say that you are fasting when someone comes to quarrel with you. So train your mind to utter these words when wrong desires pop out off your mind. And if you fall short, don’t beat yourself up. Try hard, and moreover pray to Allah to help you with your wrong desires.
Keep your time
Each and single minute in the month of Ramadan is valuable. Don’t miss out a second. Know the good deeds that help you to be close to Allah, and make certain our intention. Most of us spend lot of our time in social media. This is the time for worship. Use your facebook, whats app, twitter for dawa use. Avoid others.
Remember your goal and know the correct way
It is important that you know the correct way to your goal. There are some deeds in Islam, where you are rewarded more than other deeds. So learn them and pray to Allah through such highly benefitting actions.
Make a Du’a and Dhikr List
The Du’a list should include the prayers in the Quran and prophetic tradition and that which you involves your afterlife, betterment of yourself, your family, the community, the sufferings, for forgiveness and acceptance of Ramadan. Besides Du’a, remembrance of Allah (Dhikr) should always make busy your mind and tongue.
Prophet (S) said: “The invocation of one who fasts will be answered each time he breaks his fast (at night)” [Ibn Majah]
Your family and friends, Are they ready?
“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.” [Quran 66: 6]
There is lot of evidence stating that a person has an important role to play in the destiny of one’s family and friends. You were busy forgetting the life hereafter for your family; you joined your friends in the entertainment the life. Now it is your turn to call them to the ultimate enjoyment of worship. Get your children involved in the enjoyment of Ramadan. Make your children think that Ramadan is special. Let your meal, recitation of Quran, seeking knowledge be together.
Keep your ties of kinship, at least by a phone call
Make a list of your relatives, categorize them with the farness they are, schedule your time for a visit, and make a call that you cannot visit. The reward is big. Prophet (S) said: “Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim).
Repent to Allah for your faults
It is most important that you should repent to Allah for all your sins, known and unknown. List out all the sins you can possibly think of. Yes, the list might be too long, ask forgiveness, with sincerity, tears flowing out of eyes. Beg Allah to support you from doing those sins again. Moreover, ask pardon for those sins you don’t remember.
“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.” [Sahih Muslim]
“Verily Jabriel approached me and said: Whomsoever reaches the month of Ramadan but does not have his sins forgiven before his death and due to this he enters the Hell-fire, may Allah distance this person” Jabriel then ordered me to say Ameen, so I said Ameen”. (Ibn Hiban)
Add on Sunnah
There are quite a lot optional actions of worship one can do. Try to learn different optional activities, prioritize according the reward and your ability and accomplish one by one. You include both permanent and temporary acts of worship.