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Ramadan is one of the eagerly awaited months for Muslims. The month is full of blessings and mercy that showers upon Muslims from Allah. It is believed that prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) used to start preparing for Ramadan six months before its arrival.
Although, Ramadan is one of the most awaited months for Muslims but those who do not prepare for it fail to gain enough significance of it because of a sudden change in regular routine. When a Muslim is not prepared well in advance for the month he/she spend almost first ten days of Ramadan to get accustomed to the sudden change in usual routine.
Routine that changes in Ramadan
Usually, Muslims’ day starts early morning around 5:30 when they wake up for ‘Fajr’ (early morning prayer). However, in Ramadan, Muslims wake up around 3:30 or 4 which means more than 1:30 hours before. Muslims wake so early to have breakfast with the intention to fast from dawn to dusk.
Moreover, Ramadan comes once in a year. Which is why Muslims fast for a month once in a year. It is hard for unprepared Muslims to fast for first ten days of Ramadan.
Muslims generally pray five times a day which is obligatory for Muslims. Many Muslims do pray extra Namaz for their own benefits and to please Allah. But, in Ramadan, the number of prayers increase. Muslims have to pray ‘Taraweeh’ in the end of the day which takes more than one hour, in Ramadan month.
The human body takes some time to acquire new habits. It is obvious that while acquiring new habits or change in routine people will not able to gain enough significance.
Without wasting time, Muslims should get into habits and routine few days ago of Ramadan to gain enough significance throughout the Ramadan.
Habits that you can acquire in advance
Fast more often: The best way to prepare for Ramadan is to start fasting more often, in order to take control of your habits, stomach and desires. According to Islamic books, some days are special for fast that pleases Allah more. Fast on Monday and Thursday to make a habit of fasting.
Abu Hurairah reported that the most the Prophet (peace be upon him) would fast would be Monday and Thursday. He was asked about that and he said: “The deeds of people are presented to Allah on every Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every Muslim except for those who are deserting each other.” (Hasan)
Shabaan is a month that is observed before Ramadan in Arabic calendar. It is believed that deeds are lifted up in Shabaan. Fast more in Shabaan which will help you in the month of Ramadan.
Read Quran more: Mere reciting Quran is not enough unless it is not understood. There is no point of reading Quran unless you do not know what Allah is saying. The more you read it the more you gain knowledge and wisdom.
Get Quran which is translated into your known languages to know its meaning. Get the knowledge and apply the knowledge in your life. Since, rewards of deeds increase in Ramadan you will gain more reward if you are aware of what Allah says in Quran and you are applying them to your life during Ramadan and afterwards.
Aishah (RA) related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Muslim)