How do we prepare for Ramadan?
Preparing for Ramadan requires holding the soul accountable for its negligence in its duties, or its negligence in not abandoning the desires or doubtful evidence that we fall into. this is the best month of the year. So, Muslims should act all good deeds in this blessed month to please Allah Almighty.
Ramadan is a way to clean the heart from all forbidden desires and this is the straight way to complete the other months of the year.
Allah holds man accountable for disobedience and following desires, so we have to prevent ourselves from continuing with it i.e., a sin whether small or major, whether it is disobedience with the eyes by looking at what Allah has forbidden, or by listening to musical instruments, or by walking in what does not satisfy Allah Almighty, or by consuming what Allah has forbidden such as interest, bribery, or other things that consuming people’s money unjustly.
Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” With this accountability, and with repentance and seeking forgiveness, we must welcome the month of Ramadan, a month of riches and profits, and the clever merchant seizes the seasons to increase his profits.
Take advantage of this month by worshiping, praying a lot, reciting the Qur’an, forgiving people, doing good to others, and giving Sadaqah(voluntary charity) to the poor.
On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the Shayatin are shackled, the jinns are restrained, the gates of the Fires are shut such that no gate among them would be opened. The gates of Paradise are opened such that no gate among them would be closed, and a caller calls:
‘O seeker of the good; come near!’ and ‘O seeker of evil; stop! For there are those whom Allah frees from the Fire.’ And that is every night caller calls: ‘O seeker of the good; come near!’ and ‘O seeker of evil; stop! For there are those whom Allah frees from the Fire.’ And that is every night.
Ramadan has a lot of virtues, so Muslims mustn’t waste this blessed time and be attentive to the following matters:
Worship on the night of Al-Qadr is better than the worship of a thousand months. That night the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit descend, by the permission of their Lord, for every decreed matter. It is all peace until the break of dawn.
When the first night of Ramadan comes the devils and the rebellious jinn are chained, the gates of hell are locked, and not one of them is opened; the gates of paradise are opened, and not one of them is locked.
There are many acts of worship, some of which are not found in others, such as fasting, standing, feeding food, i’tikaf, alms, and reciting the Qur’an in Ramadan.
At the end of Ramadan:
Muslims have an obligatory act “Zakat al-Fitr”. It is obligatory for every Muslim a day or two before Eid, just as the Companions used to give it to the poor and needy Muslims. It is as a purification of the fasting from empty and obscene talk and as food for the poor.
The Messenger of Allah would order paying the Zakat before going to the Salat on the day of Fitr.
Abu Sa’id al-Khudrl said, “We used to bring forth as the zakat on breaking the fast of Ramadan a sa’ of grain, or of barley, or of dried dates, or of cheese, or of raisins.” (Bukhari and Muslim.)