The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Night Before Ramadan

It is only a matter of hours - 24 hours in some places, shorter still in other areas - where all Muslims all around the world will embark on fasting during Ramadan.

What Should You Be Doing the Night Before Ramadan?

1) If you have not already done so, you should plan on preparing your meal for Sahur (early morning meal before the start of the fast). Sahur meals should be simple, so do not invest too much of your energies in doing this.

2) Reserve some hours in your night for quiet reflection, reading the Quran, and prayer. Get used to doing this every day during Ramadan.

3) To achieve this, you will need to turn off the tv, radio and stop surfing the web for distractions. Again, this is something you should get used to during Ramadan, so you might as well start the night before Ramadan.

4) Declare your intention for the fast that you will be doing the following morning. "I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan". In Arabic: "Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri Ramadan".

If you have an hour to spend, we recommend you watch the following video lecture by Sheikh Waleed Abdulhakeem on Ramadan, its history, its meaning, and practical tips on performing the fast during Ramadan properly, as well as on adopting the necessary attitude and behavior to achieve the maximum benefits.

The night before Ramadan, the first thing we did was to watch the video below to prepare ourselves for Ramadan 2010!

The Night Before Ramadan

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Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

The Ramadan Series will send you emails with practical tips on how to gain and maintain the physical and spiritual energy necessary to embark on increased religious oligations so that you will reap the benefits from this blessed month. This includes special Ramadan duas to say during the month. Do sign-up today!

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