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Ramadan Checkpoints

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Zahra Anwer

Associate Editor at Destination Riyadh

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Because food is just one part of Ramadan.


1. Fast with sincerity.

If we do not know why we are doing certain things, we can easily miss the point behind the action itself.

“There may be people who fast and get nothing from their fast except hunger, and there may be those who pray qiyaam and get nothing from their qiyaam but a sleepless night.” (Ibn Maajah)

2. Stand up for your success.

There are five opportunities for redemption every day, if you’re blessed to be alive. Muster up your lazy self and start praying. We have all heard hadiths about the importance of prayer, haven’t we? It’s never too late to star

3. Sabr it!

Fasting is not just day without food and drink. Use Ramadan as a training ground against greed, impatience and harsh words. If controlling our words were easy, we’d never be promised Paradise for doing it. Think about it!

“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it and ignorant conduct, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhari)

4. Share your blessings.

Buy less food this Ramadan and give the extra food and money to the poor and needy.

5. Be grateful.

Witnessing Ramadan is a blessing that deserves major gratitude. Remember it’s a month-long gift from the Almighty. Don’t waste it.

“By Allah, if it were said to the inhabitants of the graves, ‘Wish’, they would indeed wish for a day from Ramadan.” – Ibn al-Jawzi

6. Mend fences.

Reach out, repair bridges and share a meal together. Stop waiting for an apology and be the first to make things right.

7. Give.

Find it in your heart to give wholeheartedly. Remember no one has ever become poor by giving. Give a smile, a helping hand, a good word to lift someone’s spirits, food for the needy, money or anything else within your means.

8. Don’t mock others.

For many, Ramadan is the beginning of a major turning point. Don’t mock them for starting their journey towards Allah, it’s never too late to start.

9. Ignore the detours.

Don’t let your sins bog you down. Allah doesn’t care about the quantity of your sins, He cares about the quality of your repentance.

One supplication to really focus on this Ramadan:

“O Allah, help me remember You, to be grateful to You, and to worship You in an excellent manner.” (Abu Dawud)

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