Ramadan is a serious business, it is a great act of Ibaadah in the sight of Allah.
The blessed month of Ramadan comes with such strong vibes that announce the coming of the sacred month to the world like it is the only month we have to lead a pious life.
Well, Ramadan is not the only period Muslim should aim to be pious, but this holy month no doubt increases our levels of piety and righteousness.
Preparations for Ramadan should prominently occupy the hearts of Muslims, and if by now someone is still afraid to meet the holy month, then such person needs to purge his heart of such fear and prep himself for the holy month.
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In two weeks times we are in Ramadan and certainly, the whole month would help us to purify ourselves to get closer to Allah and devote ourselves to the essence of our creation through varieties of acts of worship.
As much as we expect rewards from Allah for the numerous acts of Ibaadah we engage in in this sacred month, it behoves that we prepare our bodies and souls to reset our spirituality.
So, how prepared are you?
Are you really prepared to observe Ramadan with every rewarding acts of worship that come with it, or you just think Ramadan is coming and so let it come?
Remember fasting is for no one but Allah, so your level of preparedness should be high by raising the level of your spirituality.
Ramadan is a serious business, a great act of Ibaadah in the sight of Allah. It is an act of worship that is exclusively meant for Allah.
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We might not know what fasting for 30 days mean to Allah, but Ramadan will certainly leave two things with us- Piety and Righteousness.
So, to have these two, we have to meet Ramadan with a high degree of preparedness.
You can ask yourself how much attention you pay to your five daily salawaat (five times daily prayers) Do you observe them at the right time or you delay them?
With few days to the month, you should have cultivated (if you haven't) the habit of waking up in the middle of the night to observe Tahajud (vigil). This is one of the acts of worship we should be covetous to practise.
Endear yourself to observing vigil because more of it would be requested of you during the last 10 nights of the holy months.
Again, reading the Qur'an is one of the best practices in this month. Ramadan is a month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the prophet and it is incumbent on you to read, reread and ponder on the words of Allah.
Allah says Q2 vs 185 that: Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong).
Ramadan also encourages love through charity. Giving alms to the poor is one of the hallmarks of Muslims and this should be done generously. Give to those who do not have no matter how small. However, do not give to show off because showing off your good deeds would only rob you of your rewards.
Finally, do have it in mind that fasting in this month is compulsory on you. Allah makes it mandatory on every eligible believer as Allah says in the Q2 vs 183
"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness"