Ramadan is a time where Muslims all over the world refrain from food, drink, and physical relations during daylight hours. While most people tend to focus on the food aspect of Ramadan, this holy month is a great opportunity for Muslims to transcend animalistic needs and instincts and focus on spiritual growth.
Here are some tips that make your Ramadan a truly special month!
Avoid Negative People
We all have toxic people in our lives. They are the people who are naysayers, make fun of your goals, or plain don’t like you. Well, try to avoid those types of people this Ramadan. Not only will it make you happier, but there is also a bonus of avoiding the huge sin of backbiting. It will also help you hunker down and focus on achieving your goals for Ramadan too.
Eat Suhoor (pre-fasting meal before dawn)
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Researchers have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. Can you imagine the benefits of eating a nice balanced suhoor before you embark on your fast? Eating suhoor ensures you will have the energy to face the day of fasting and free your mind to reflect on deeper thoughts.
Have a Plan
While these tips are generally helpful, we should all have specific goals in mind for Ramadan. Is it to complete the Quran? Pray every night of tarawih at the masjid? Whatever your goal may be, make sure to map out a plan of success. For example, if you want to complete the Quran, break up the Quran into blocks each day to read. If you want to be at the masjid every night, make sure you plan out your meals and arrange for things in your home to be taken care of. Whatever your plan is, ask for help so that you can reach your Ramadan goals inshallah.
Avoid Idle Talk and Engage in Dhikr
Take this month of Ramadan do avoid chit chats and rather focus on the tasks you need to attend to. This does not mean to be unfriendly but avoid unnecessary conversations. This allows you to stay focused on what you need to accomplish and efficient in your tasks which is an ideal win-win deal! Doing dhikr also keeps remembrance of Allah close at hand too.
Go Easy on Iftar (post-fast meal)
While it’s normal to want to binge eat after you break your fast, try to avoid overindulging. While traditional foods for breaking fast are deep-fried, just eat a few dates and drink some milk. This way you can pray without having a bloated belly! After that, you can try some light protein with a few veggies. That way, you get healthy nutrients, and you can avoid losing lean muscle mass.