Simple to do and has a powerful impact. Maybe you want to prepare for Ramadan, but between school, work, family, and any other activities, you just have no idea how to fit in ‘Preparing for Ramadan’ time. Instead of making ‘preparing for Ramadan’ something separate from your daily activities, MAKE your daily activities a means of preparation for Ramadan.
For example, perhaps your mom asked you to pick up your brother from school on the day you finally had time to read a few extra pages of Qur’an. Instead of feeling upset and feeling like you have lost a great preparation for Ramadan opportunity, make the intention that you are picking up your brother to please Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and prepare for Ramadan by obeying your mother, helping your family members, building ties of kinship… and the list continues.
The point is that preparing for Ramadan does not have to be some magnificent, enormous, extra-special thing that needs to be done at a certain time of the day. Many of your daily actions can be turned into Ramadan preparation actions with a sincere intention, insha’Allah.
A beautiful Hadith about Ramadan
The Prophet (pbuh) said “Allah has said – every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me, and I shall reward it (in a special way)…A person who fasts experiences two joys, he is joyful when he breaks his fast, and he is joyful when he meets his Lord”.
Mash’Allah, what a beautiful reward awaits the ones who fast.
(Prophet Muhammad as reported by Bukhari & Muslim)