Roadmap to Ramadan
Years ago someone gave me a planner consisting of thirty personal targets that one should aim to complete within the month of Ramadan. I never managed to follow the planner, but I intend to do so this year…and also to share, so here goes:
- Send a neighbour some food for Iftar.
- Feed a homeless person.
Feed a poor person in another country.
- Greet everyone with a smile and salam today.
- Pray all five daily prayers in congregation.
Donate money to charity.
- Read a section of the Qu’ran daily with the aim of completing the Qu’ran by the end of Ramadan.
Contact family and friends you haven’t been in touch with for a while. Perform Taraweeh prayers. Pay your Zakat-ul-Mal – if you’re unable to do so, give extra to charity.
- Provide food for Iftar for thirty people.
- Undertake I’tikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan.
- Memorise a portion of the Qu’ran every day.
- Invite a less fortunate non-Muslim friend to Iftar.
Make Du’a for less fortunate Muslims around the world.
- Raise money for charity.
- Make friends with a non-Muslim and tell them about Islam.
- Pray Isha and Fajr at the mosque.
- Read a book about Islam.
- Watch less TV.
- Refrain from backbiting.
Perform Tahajjud and other extra prayers. Seek forgiveness a hundred times a day and forgive others. Dhikr , say thirty-three SubhanAllah, thirty-three Alhumdulillah and thirty-three AllahuAkbar after each prayer. Zakat ul-Fitr . Give a gift to your parents to show your love and appreciation.
- Visit the graveyard or attend a Janaza prayer and make Du’a for the deceased.
- Visit a sick person (70’000 angels seek forgiveness for you when you do this).
- Remember to write your will if not done so already.
- Attend a gathering to gain more knowledge about Islam.
I’m going to cross one off as I start doing each activity…and hopefully get as close to thirty as I can by Eid-ul-Fitr. I guess it’s more a collection of desirable good deeds than a set of actual compulsory tasks.
UPDATE: I’ve managed to get through about a third of the tasks, mostly the personal rather than social ones, but on the whole the list helped me to bring some focus to my Ramadan…next year, I’ll have a better approach. Inshallah. For the time being, I do feel renewed, cleansed and a little optimistic for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years 🙂