I will say this again: Time. Flies. Fast.
Ramadan is ending but Eid or Hari Raya is coming closer than ever! I’m sure everyone is getting prepared for the upcoming celebrations. We’re talking about the menu on the first day of Raya, whose house to visit first, what to wear, where to take photos and the list goes on and on!
But until then, there are still things you can do to make use of the last week of Ramadan before Raya arrives.
So what are the 7 things you should definitely do before the holy month of Ramadan ends?
#1 Fill The Remaining Days with Worship
One of the nights, known as Laylatul Qadr or Night of Power is when God revealed the Quran. It is not known exactly when, except the fact that it falls on the odds nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. Muslims supplicate the late nights with prayers, dhikr and duas to seek forgiveness and mercy from past sins. If worship falls in the night of Laylatul Qadr, then it is as if the person has worship for an equivalent of 84 years. To make sure that you do this, remember to set an alarm to make sure you wake up at this time to worship. Don’t forget to make time to read the Quran and do dhikr as well. Make use of the time you have. This is something you don’t want to miss.
#2 Remember Your Intentions
Ramadan comes only once a year and last for only a month. Things get crazy and some of us may lose the intentions we set in the beginning of Ramadan. You can’t go back in time but only if we could right?
So what to do?
Make use of the time you have now. Don’t dismiss your intentions just because you feel as if it is too late. There’s no such thing. There is a plenty of time left until Ramadan is over. So get the list of intentions you had or if you haven’t, write it down. Keep it close to you where you pray so you can grab it whenever you pray. Another idea is that you can create a reminder of the list of your intentions on your phone everyday so you won’t ever forget since we always keep our phones close.
#3 Giving Back
If you have a roof over your head, water to shower, food on the table, clothes to wear, and a place to call home with your family, then you are very lucky. Not many people are as lucky as us. So remember to always give back to the community because they really need your help. You can also give them food or clothes that you don’t wear anymore that are still in good shape. Giving back is so important. Remember that. Don’t miss the opportunity to do this during the holy month of Ramadan. Remember that there are more rewards if you do this during Ramadan.
#4 Minimise distractions
Only 7 days left until Ramadan ends. It won’t come again until the next coming year. So to make most of the time here is to minimise distractions.
Yes – limited time on your phone (bye social media!), TV, video games and don’t even think about watching Netflix! These things will always be there. The last 7 days won’t. I know it’s hard to do so. It’s not as easy as I say it is. So the best way is to set a timer on how much you can spend on social media. Or, you can also set a time when you can spend it on social media. For example, you can only go through social media from 9 pm to 9:30 pm or watch TV only for an hour. The rest of the time you have, you supplicate with prayers, reading the Quran or do dhikr.
#5 Self-Reflect During Ramadan
Ramadan has always been the time for many to self-reflect. Am I a good person? What have I done this year that made me a “good person”? Am I kind? Am I a good Muslim? Did I do things I said I wouldn’t when Ramadan first started?
Self-reflection is a good thing. But the thing is, if you tell yourself in your head that you will become a better person or a better Muslim without writing it down, chances are you might just forget it in the next 5 minutes or an hour later. So get a paper or your notebook and write down things you feel you need to improve on. Writing down the bad habits you want to change will also help. Set solutions for every bad habits and see if it works. Evaluate yourself every week. See what changed and what hasn’t. Writing things down is the best way to see whether you are actually doing things you say you should or shouldn’t.
#6 Spending Time With Your Loved Ones
Work can get hectic. Energy drained after a day of work. If you are one of the many that did not have a chance to spend time with your loved ones in the beginning of Ramadan, well this is your chance. Make time to break fast with them or pray with them if you haven’t had your chance to do so. This is the last week of Ramadan. There are little things you can do as a family before Ramadan ends. Perhaps cook together for Iftar. Prepare pre-dawn meals together. Going to Tarawih together. There are so many things you can do during Ramadan as a family before it’s over.
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The last days of Ramadan are very special for Muslims. Not only the days are encouraged to be supplicated with worship but also as a time to self-reflect and evaluate what we did or didn’t do during the time of Ramadan. Time flies so fast (yes, I said it again) and it feels as if it’s moving way too fast for us to even keep up. So, don’t waste anymore of the time you have now while Ramadan is still by our side. And always tell yourself it is never to late to start changing for the better and to carry out what you practice during Ramadan even after it ends.
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