Praying Sunnah Salat
“Allah will build a house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in observing 12 sunnah rakat (as follows) 4 rakat before and 2 after Dhur, 2 after the Maghrib, 2 after Ishaa, and 2 before Fajr.”
Sometimes, we are busy or in a rush to an extent that we tend to skip sunnah salat during our daily 5 prayers. Yes, fardh salaat are high in ranking but when we mess up in our fardh salat, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will take in to account the sincerity behind the sunnah salat and reward accordingly. This Ramadan, take the initiative to add sunnah salat to each of your prayers and increase the reward even more. Keep in mind, during Ramadan, the reward of sunnah salat is equal to that of fardh as oppose to during rest of the months.
As a human being and Muslim, we should be aware that giving charity on a daily basis increases your rank in the eyes of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. So, by increasing the amount of charity given during Ramadan, we not only help ourselves but benefit those around us as well. For example, feeding the poor and hungry, providing clothes to the needy, or even a smile to begin with. Remember the Prophet PBUH said that a smile is also counted as part of charity.
Pleading to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى to Forgive All Muslims
“Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.”
The Muslim Ummah is connected to an extent that if one is in pain, the entire Ummah does and will suffer. Just as a part of our body is in pain, yet the entire body suffers. Similarly, when we pray for ourselves yet keep the Muslims around the world in our prayers, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى accept our duas. Why? Because we are all connected. Recall the teaching of the Prophet PBUH to be merciful towards one another and that He was sent as a mercy upon not just Muslims, but the entire human kind.
Preventing Unnecessary Talk
Ramadan is meant to teach us of incorporating good habits and eliminating the bad ones from our lives. Hence, if we fast, yet we are on the phone all day gossiping, net surfing without a proper purpose, engaging in arguments and small talk, the purpose is automatically defeated. Therefore, learn to spread positivity starting from within ourselves.
Increasing the Remembrance of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى
I understand our lives have so much going on and Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is much more aware of that before we even entered the situations as such. However, giving extra time to the Lord who bestowed the blessings we have in our lives deserves to be bowed down to. Not only because He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is our God and its an obligation but also because He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is the most high and merciful to be blessing us with goods despite our shortcomings and flaws. Increasing the Dhikr of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will help us achieve this purpose.
Visiting the Sick
“There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in paradise.”
Often, we take our health for granted as we do not pause to think about what we have and others may be longing and pleading to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى for that very same thing. In order to keep ourselves in tact with reality, we must not forget those who are sick and battling between life and death. Visiting them will not only grant us rewards, but also give us a sense of humbleness and appreciation of what we have.
Let’s take the initiatives mentioned above and watch the peace of mind and heart sink in by itself inshaAllah.