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Let’s Get Ready for Ramadan 2023 – How to prepare for Ramadan 2023
The Prophet said, ‘People neglect this month which is between Rajab and Ramadan; in this month the actions of the people are presented to God, so I like my deeds to be presented while I am fasting.’
How to prepare for Ramadan 2023 in the last days of Shaaban?
Nowadays we are in the blessed month of Shaaban. The question is how to achieve the target as Muslims in Shaaban to be prepared for Ramadan? If we look at the sunnah and focus on the hadith that was narrated by Usamah ibn Zaid –may Allah be pleased with them-: “I said to the Prophet,’ O Messenger of God! I did not see you fasting in any month as you do in the month of Shaaban.’
That is a month to which people do not pay much attention, between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.
Receive an Extra Reward in Shaaban
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to fast more throughout Shaaban to receive an extra great reward. This serves as a reminder to focus on our acts in Sha’ban and enhance our worship and improve it, rather than disregarding this month waiting for Ramadan.
You can enhance your consciousness of Allah (Taqwa) and build virtuous habits in preparation for Ramadan by simply taking some steps in your prayers and worships such as reading more Qur’an, praying voluntary prayers (Nafl), and following the Sunnah of our Prophet (saw) by fasting more.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him,
and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him. When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks (something) from Me, I give him, and if he asks My Protection (refuge), I protect him”.
So you must struggle yourself (in the Cause of Allah) to get a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth.
Embrace the month of preparing for Ramadan:
You can get ready for Ramadan in a variety of ways within Sha’ban, in addition to fasting. Set goals for yourself for Sha’ban and Ramadan in terms of what you want to achieve in your worship – remember, making the intention to do good is a reward in itself!
To get you started, here are a few suggestions for your day:
Make a basic relationship with the Holy Quran reading, recitation, understanding and memorization schedule and stick to it, don’t be worry, you can commit if you really ask that from Allah (SWT).
Help in need people who are homeless or poor by feeding them in Ramadan, you can contribute to prepare Ramadan banquets during the whole month.
Spend time with your family and your relatives you haven’t seen in a long time, specially the elderly people (your grandpa and grandma for example). and be smart to make this time is a quality time.
Make a commitment to stop most of the negative habits, giving up sins and ask Allah for forgiveness.
Participate in one of the volunteering activities.
“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression”.
Make a Tahajjud prayer schedule
this will make it simpler for you to pray at night throughout Ramadan.
Begin saving for Sadaqah.
and prepare how and where you will spend this Sadaqah. Remember, you’ll spend less money on food throughout Ramadan, making it the ideal opportunity to invest in your akhirah!
Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was the most generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan when Jibril visited him every night and recited the Qur’an to him. During this period, the generosity of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) waxed faster than the rain bearing wind”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
During this month, make an effort to come closer to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and follow him.
We can do so by learning more about his Seerah and expanding our understanding of things like as the du’as he enjoyed and the people he beloved (so we can follow them and consider them as our role models).
“Say, “If you love Allah, then follow me, and Allah will love you, and will forgive you your sins.” Allah is Forgiving and Merciful”.
May Allah accept all of our efforts in the month of Shaaban and allow let us live to witness the holy month of Ramadan. May Allah bless us and help us in enhancing our worship, and may He provide us the opportunity to come closer to Him and His Messenger (PBUH) during this blessed time, Ameen.
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