Ramadan is fast approaching and with only days away I thought I should refresh our memory on some of the benefits of properly observing the month on Ramadan.
12 Things to Avoid During Ramadan:1. Dont sleep during the day and pray all night. By doing this you are converting the day into night and the night into day, which is not the purpose of fasting.
2. Avoid being lazy and inactive during the day.
3. Dont waste time playing games during the day. Rather, please Allah by increasing in your worship of him.
4. Avoid having Iftar parties. Ramadan wasn’t meant to be a food extravaganza.
5. Dont ask your wife to spend Ramadan in the Kitchen. Eat something light and quick – she isn’t Biryani woman.
6. Spend the last 10 days worshipping Allah rather than trying to prepare for Eid! A day that is better than a thousand months is in these last 10 days. You can’t afford to miss this.
7. Dont stay awake the full night. Your body has a right over you, and when it wants rest, then rest.
8. Avoid excessive socialising after Taraweeh
9. Avoid shopping a lot in Ramadhaan.
10. Dont eat the full night.
11. Dont loiter around at night rather than worshipping Allah.
12. Eid doesnt require loads of preparation. Don’t fall into this trap! Keep it simple, and it will be blessed
Fasting during the month of Ramadan has the following benefits:
- We can become closer to our creator if we are showing our obedience to ALLAH (God) who commanded us to fast during the month of Ramadan.
- Gaining spiritual self purification and full submission to ALLAH (God). Many of us are neglectful to our duties towards Allah. However, many of us observe Ramadan with great determination in which we ask for forgiveness of all of our sins and transgressions of the past years.
- Gaining motivation not to approach what is prohibited. If you can during fasting forbid yourself from eating food, drinking and having intercourse with your partner of marriage (things that are allowed) then you will be able to forbid yourself from doing what is prohibited, such as drinking Alcohol, gambling, prostitution, cheating, etc…
- Understanding the feelings and sufferings of the poor and you will be more willing to give donations and charities to those who are in need.
- Getting closer to relatives through mutual invitations and contacts. We are told to mend any bad relationship we have with our relatives and friends before the month of Ramadan begins. We should not begin the month of Ramadan with hard feelings towards anyone and the one to say sorry and ask for forgiveness first is indeed better in the eyes of his creator.