A crescent moon can be seen at sunset, marking the beginning of the Islamic month of RAMADAN.
Ramadan is the month of food worship where Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. This will help you to purify the soul, refocus attention on Allah, and practice self-sacrifice.
Here are a few tips on how to welcome the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar.
1. Create A Ramadan Countdown
Whether this is done mentally or by keeping physical signs around the home, school or office will help create hype and buzz in your mind and amongst the people around you. When you and others are counting down to the same event, it becomes part of regular conversation and excitement spreads.
2. Spring Clean!
Most Maldivians get busy with re-painting the walls, polishing the furniture and mopping til’ the house shines.
Along with this, you need to clean up your lives, your thoughts and your feelings. Ramadan is not only about cleaning the material goods around you, but purifying your mind, body and soul.
3. Strengthen Ties
In order to strengthen ties with family and friends, start in the kitchen, since a good meal is the best excuse to invite your family and friends over and spend a nice time together. Well, it’s not all about having a nice meal together, but many good memories revolve around food, whether it is preparing food or eating it.
You also need to strengthen ties with Allah. Developing and maintaining this reliance and ties with Allah requires time, effort and the desire for closeness. Ramadan is a perfect chance for us to reevaluate, strengthen and develop our relationship with Allah.
4. Say ‘Good Riddance!’ To Bad Habits
Stop the bad habits you have now and don’t wait until Ramadan begins.
– If you sleep late, start sleeping early.
– If you are a social media junky, start cutting down.
– If you don’t pray, start praying.
It might sound much easier said than done, but once you’ve committed yourself and purified your intentions, these bad habits will be easier done with than you ever expected.
5. Shut Up
Fasting is to refrain from more than just what we consume in our mouth. Start working on your patience. Be extra vigilant with your conversations, ensure you are not backbiting, slandering or talking about useless things.
I wish you all a very blessed Ramadan.
“Let’s make Ramadan a month of inward and outward reflection and spirited transformation and NOT just about food.” – Amina Wadud