Ramadan Recharge at Home
By: Maliya Naz
Ramadan Mubarak to all those that are observing! May the spirit of Ramadan show us the way to peace and harmony.
Allah is with those who restrain themselves.
Here are some tips to make the most of this blessed month. These tips are designed to help you set your intentions and goals for the blessed month of Ramadan.
Quran journaling is a great way to express your personal thoughts about specific verses from the Quran in a private writing space, allowing for a deeper connection with the ayaat and surahs. Pick a Surah from the Quran you want to focus on and write down what stands out to you in the ayaat. Research the Tafseer and then write down reflection questions. What are the key lessons or themes in this Surah? Ask yourself how you can apply the Ayat in your life. Write down practical tips. For example, Surah Al Insan verse 21 talks about the garments of silk in Jannah. List down what you know about Jannah as described in this surah so far. Make it your motivation in doing more good deeds daily.
Self-Reflection and Dhikr
Create your own personalized dhikr routine.
- When you say, Subhanallah 33 times, count 33 beautiful creations Allah has made - the moon, stars, ocean, plants, etc.
- When you say, Alhamdulillah 33 times, count 33 things you’re thankful for – your family, hearing, vision, access to clean water, food, etc.
- When you say, Allahu Akbar 34 times, count 34 moments in your life Allah has helped you through – times of need, moments before prayer, deep in dua. Reflect on how He guided you to Him.
Make A Dua List
- Track your daily progress and write down the duas you want to memorize. Begin by praising Allah, thank Him, Glorify Him. After, send Salam and Blessings upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Ask for forgiveness and for Jannah. Finally, recite the new dua you learned and make special dua for those in your life, including the entire Ummah. For instance, you can say something like, “Oh Allah, I ask You to help the ummah around the world with whatever they may be going through. I ask You to have mercy upon the ummah, guide the ummah, and unite the ummah.”
Beautify your soul and space
- Try creating a small worship area in your home. Keep your prayer mat, Quran, tasbih, and any other things you need for worship in this area. Decorate this area for the month of Ramadan. This area should be a place where you can reflect and feel serene. In this space, you want to focus on the relationship between you and your Creator.
Practice Acts of Goodness
- Try implementing acts of compassion towards your family members, friends, and strangers. Just smiling at someone and asking about their day is an act of kindness and charity. More, importantly, aim for consistency and quality over anything. Donate to nonprofits and volunteer in your free time. Ramadan is all about selflessness and discipline, kindness, and faith.
Learn the beautiful names of Allah
- Every Name is a means of becoming close to God. Take the example of Abu Bakr. He wasn’t poor like Bilal, nor was he martyred like Hamza, nor was he tortured in Makkah like the family of Yasir, but he was better than all these people. Munthir says that Abu Bakr wasn’t better because of extra siyam or salah, but rather because of the actions of his heart. Studying the Names of Allah gives us access to that. We have to monitor our hearts continuously.
My current favorite names of Allah are Al-Mujib, the one who responds, and Al-Qayyum, the One who maintains every soul. It is always paired with Al-Ḥayy. Qayyuum = maintainer, always looking after something. Someone who is a qayyim must be working on something 100%. Allah is the Qayyim of the heavens and the earth. He takes care of everything. Our hearts are beating and we are breathing because of Allah! We do not maintain ourselves, Allah maintains us. Allah is the One who will take us from one stage to the next.
May Allah SWT accept our efforts this Ramadan and allow us to see and benefit from the next Ramadan. Ameen!
Beautifully written! Love love the designs 😍 Would love to download the first and second one but it’s blurred?