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The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. Once again, I have a chance to abstain from fickle distractions and concentrate on what is truly important. Sadly, I practise this restraint only once a year 😦

Anyhow, I was fortunate enough to be forwarded this Ramadan Checklist of duties to be carried out EVERY DAY for the next 30 days. I have already made an excel sheet of these items and intend to update the dates on which I was able to follow up on them. Hopefully, by the end of this month, I should be able to fill up at least 50% of the sheet 🙂

So, here’s the list :-

  1. Had my Suhoor(saheri – the meal before the fast starts)  as late as possible before Fajr (daybreak)
  2. Got up for Fajr on time and prayed Fajr with its Sunnah
  3. Made my morning Dhikr (thinking of Allah)
  4. Prayed all prayers on time and on earliest time possible
  5. Made the recommended Dhikr after every prayer
  6. Prayed all the 12 rakah of Sunnah prayers
  7. Made Qunut/Dua for the Ummah(populace) in a prayer
  8. Made Dua for my parents
  9. Commanded one good
  10. Forbade one evil
  11. Prayed more than 1 fard(obligatory) prayer in a mosque (males)
  12. Read the Tafsir of one verse of the Quran
  13. Read one new Hadeeth and its meaning
  14. Read 1 page of the Quran as a minimum
  15. Attempted to increase in knowledge (Reading/Listening)
  16. Attempted to practise one Sunnah of Rasulullah(Prophet Muhammed, saw)
  17. Made one person smile
  18. Made my parents smile, hugged and kissed them
  19. Did not argue, nor backbite with anyone
  20. Did not harbour ill feelings in my heart against anyone
  21. Did not do anything I was unsure about its permissibility
  22. Tried my best to take care of my body
  23. Gave charity (monetary)
  24. Preserved or removed a harm from the environment
  25. Made Dua for the Prophet (saws)
  26. Make Tawbah(ask for forgiveness) and Istighfaar 100 times
  27. Pondered 10 minutes about struggling for this Deen
  28. Did a special deed that is secret between myself and Allah
  29. Gave some of the extra food from Iftar to my neighbours
  30. Made my afternoon Dhikr
  31. Prayed my taraweeh prayers and witr prayer
  32. Read Surah Mulk before going to sleep
  33. Wrote down/updated my will
  34. Pondered about my Death and of the Day of Judgement
  35. Prayed absolute minimum 2 rakah Tahajjud prayer
  36. Asked Allah for Jannah and refuge from Jahannam
  37. Went to sleep in a state of Wudu (requisite state of cleanliness).
  38. Went to sleep without ill feelings towards anyone.
  39. Fed/Clothed one needy person or gave a gift to one.
  40. Took extra care to groom and maintain myself
The last point is a little misleading. It does not mean that I should spend at least an hour in the parlour 😀 . It just means that we must be that much more careful about hygiene in this month than in any other.
This is a long list and just looking at it, I wonder if I’ll be able to cover the aforementioned 50% of it. But just thinking about Ramadan brings about a happiness that is difficult to describe. All I can say is that in my family, we look forward to this time of the year with all the eagerness of kids waiting their turn at the merry-go-round 😀 . This is one time to think and reflect, to let go and draw closer, to give and to receive, to be hungry, yet fulfilled, to say sorry and mean it, to hurt as little and love much more, to hold the tongue and say kind words, to forgive and forget, in short, this is a chance to rewrite the slate, clean all the mess of the previous year – all the anger, hurt, harsh words – just rub them off and start afresh.
 
On that note, all I can say is, from tomorrow, I’ll try to be a better person each day. For today, I ask for forgiveness for what I did or things that I said which caused grief.
 
Happy Ramadan people.
 
Let the FASTS begin 😀
 
 
 



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