7 Ways to Get Prepared For Ramadan

With Ramadan just days away, it’s easy to end up feeling under prepared and overwhelmed. Whether you’re currently busy with work, exams, family or studying, we’ve put together a handy list of the top 7 ways you can start preparing for Ramadan today. With a well thought out plan in place ahead of time, you will have everything you need to hit the ground running and maximise your ibaadah in this amazing month.

1. Getting Prayers in Check
If praying the five daily prayers is something you tend to struggle with, try and make sure you are praying as many times a day in the lead up to Ramadan. You could try downloading an app or checking timetables from your local mosque. Or maybe setting reminders on your phone, all of which will help you do your best to get into a good routine before the holy month starts. The rewards are there for the taking, don’t miss out on them, get started as soon as you can!

2. Get Some Fasts In Before Ramadan
Whilst its Sunnah to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, if you haven’t been fasting in preparation for Ramadan yet, there’s still time to start! Ideally, Monday and Thursdays are great for extra reward, but if this is not possible, try and squeeze in a few days wherever you can. This allows us to skip those first few days of low energy, headaches and brain fog that can happen when we are not in the habit of fasting. Instead, you will already be in the zone and so maximise your time in a productive way, whilst feeling great.

3. Start Clamping Down On The Caffeine
I’m sure you are aware of the dreaded Ramadan caffeine withdrawal headache. The inability to focus due to that dull aching feeling. It’s very hard to go cold turkey on caffeine so the best thing you can do is try and start cutting down from now.
If you can’t go without, you might want to try switching up your routine and have your tea or coffee later in the evening instead of first thing in the morning, (as long as doing so doesn’t affect your sleep schedule!)

4. Have a Quran Plan in Place
Ramadan is the month of the Quran and with this in mind, it is super important to have access to a good translation of the Quran, Whether you like having a physical copy or prefer to use an app, do your research and make sure you are ready to go before the start of the Holy Month.
It’s also beneficial to try and think about what your goals are for the month. Do you want to achieve a full read through in Arabic? Or in both Arabic and English? Whatever your target, try and start planning how you want to set up your days to be sure you hit those goals.

5. Have a Food Plan in Place
Whilst it’s unlikely to have a food plan for the entire month, it’s a really good idea to think about what you want to eat each day, at least for the first week of Ramadan. Have all the ingredients you need ready so that you don’t have to worry, and if there is anything you can prepare or cook in advance, do that too. The last thing you want to be stressed over is what to cook and running around doing last minute shopping, especially on a first fast whilst that caffeine headache has got you!
Keep meals as healthy as you can and whilst indulging here and there is natural, the lighter the meal the more likely you are to be able to go on to achieve other goals such as attending taraweeh or reading Quran and Tafseer. It’s good to remember the following hadith:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’”

Sahih – Sunan Ibn Majah 3349

We honestly understand the struggle of remembering this when the samosas are out!

6. Invest Time Into Watch a Pre-Ramadan Series
It’s a great idea to start getting into the zone ahead of Ramadan starting. You can catch up on spiritual and educational reminders on Islam and make a plan of content you will keep watching through the month. There are a few Ramadan Preparation talks and also talks that you can continue following throughout Ramadan. For example Yaqeen Institute’s 30 day faith revival series for preparation, as well as fantastic short bite Ramadan topics, such as the Angels and Jannah Series. Many scholars offer tafseer after each day of taraweh. Find a speaker you enjoy listening to, and a series you can connect with. Be consistent, start preparing and do your best to see it through Ramadan.

7. Get into an Exercise Routine
There are a whole host of fasting-friendly workouts that you can do before Iftar. It may sound strange to exercise on an empty stomach but this is an ideal time for a number of scientific reasons. Keeping up with regular movement throughout the holy month will keep you feeling revived, happy and energised with lots more energy to spend on achieving your Ramadan goals!

Conclusion
We hope this blog will give you a platform to start your preparations. It’s good to remember that intention is key so try and approach Ramadan with a sincere intention to draw closer to Allah SWT. Do your best to make the most of every moment and try to build on your efforts from the day before. May Allah SWT allow all of us to witness this Ramadan and make it your best one yet.

Inshallah, Ameen!

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