So a few of my friends have asked how to make the most of this Ramadan and that they were feeling spiritually low. I sat down and thought about it and here are my simple ways to recharge our imaan (faith) this Ramadan and inshallah for year to come.
1. Tune out Distractions/Drama + Decrease Socializing
-Spend as much time as you can by yourself by making dua, dhikr, etc.
-This isn’t to say to not be nice to people and turn down invites to iftar dinners, but don’t make food the focus of your Ramadan
2. Read more Quran + Review the Meaning
-Find a Quran Translation You Find Easy to Understand
-Find a Quiet and Peaceful Place to Read Quran (I like to read Quran after fajr up until sunrise and then pray Ishraq after)
-The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Whosoever offers his morning (fajr) prayer in congregation, then remains seated making the dhikr of Allah until the sun rises, and thereafter offers two rak’ats, they will receive the reward of performing a Hajj and Umrah.” (Sunan Tirmidhi, no: 586)
3. Make Dua Daily
-Create your own dua list
-Dedicate a special time to make your dua with sincerity and focus)-After Fajr or Every Salah
-Here is my list of duas: http://www.scribd.com/doc/101667123/Dua-List-Final
4. Add one Small Sunnah to Your Routine
-Add the Sunnah Before Fajr
– 2 rakahs after Maghrib, Dhuhr, Isha
5. Slow Down Your Salah!
-We all rush through our salah, but try to slow down and understand what you’re saying and what position you’re in relation to Allah in your salah. Think to yourself: ok I’m in prostration to Allah, this means I am submitting myself to Him, I’m in Ruku, I am in a position of weakness and am proclaiming His strength.
-Great Lectures about how to gain tranquility in salah:
The Prayer! The Prayer! The Prayer! -Mokhtar Maghraoui(Short Imaan Booster)
Understanding Salah-Mufti Ismail Menk (Short Imaan Booster)
Sweetness of Salah-Sh Omar Sulaiman(Short Imaan Booster)
Sweetness in Prayer (Salah) – Moutasem Al-Hameedi(1 hour)
Salah in Focus-Abdul Nasir Jangda(1 hour)
Khushoo-Shaykh Yaser Birjas(1 hour)
Meaning of Tashahud-Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda(50 mins)
6. Learn Daily Duas
-Post Duas Up On Your Fridge so whenever you open the fridge you read the dua
-Post Duas in Common Places like Your Front Door (Dua When Leaving the House and Dua when Entering on the Other Side of the Door)
6. Reconnect with the Seerah
-Seerah Series by Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda: http://www.qalaminstitute.org/category/podcast/seerah/
-Omar Ibn Khattab (RA) TV Series:
-Omar ibn Khattab (RA) TV Series Study Guide
7. Learn Tafsir, Learn the Meaning and Memorize Short Surahs (Juz Amma)
-Juz Amma Tafsir by Nouman Ali Khan
-Word for Word Translation:
8. Make a Dua List (of Things You Need in Dunya/Deen)
Make a dua list where you divide your needs for your dunya (immediate needs) and your deen (i.e. spiritual needs). Also, make a list of things you’re grateful for and thank Allah for them.
9. Ask Forgiveness for People You May Have Hurt
Write an email, text or call someone you may have hurt recently or in the past to ask for their forgiveness and also make a point to forgive others who have wronged you as well!
10.Make a Commitment to Repent for and Stop Any Sins You Are Engaged In
This is easier said than done, but if you look at the way your life is going you’ll begin to realize your sins have already caught up with you or will catch up with you one day or another. Key is to keep struggling against the sin(s) or temptation and never give up.
11. Attend Tarawih Prayers
Here some tips to get the most out of your tarawih prayers:
12. Learn About the Stories of the Companions of the Prophet SAW
-Learning About the Companions can be a source of Inspiration for Us
-Here is a Great PDF: http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/books/compprophet.pdf
-Youtube Sh. Zahir Mahmood lectures on Youtube, he has some great short clips about the Companions that are Imaan Boosters. There are other lectures too so find them on Youtube.
13. Make a Commitment to Fast Mondays and Thursdays
-Plan now to fast the extra 10 days after Ramadan–you’ll get used to fasting so why not fast Mondays and
14. Try to do Ithikhaaf if You Can in the Last 10 Days
If you can’t go to the masjid and stay in the masjid for the full 10 days at least dedicate a few hours on weekends or evenings and make the intention of it counting as an ithikhaaf and inshallah you’ll get the reward for it from Allah. Dedicate the last 10 days of Ramadan just for you and Allah time to ask Him for any of your needs, forgiveness, and use it as a time to realign your life according to the Quran and Sunnah
15. Make it a Habit to Go to the Masjid for Salah
If you’re attending the masjid for Isha and tarawih then after Ramadan stick to at least coming