Every year, for the past few years, I have one intention only when it comes to Ramadan….and that is to have a better Ramadan than the previous year.
With that being said, having a better Ramadan for me doesn’t include making better savouries than the previous year or trying the new gourmet samoosa fillings and is the latest craze on Instagram. I’ve been asked on many occasions how my Ramadan prep is going, and I’m so tempted to tell people off, but I resort to saying something along the lines off “I haven’t started yet.”
It’s taken me years to realise and appreciate the true gift of Ramadan. For me to long and yearn for the feeling of bliss that I’m enveloped in when this auspicious month arrives. And therefore, my Ramadan build-up has very little to do with food but everything to do with spiritual preparation.
During the months’ of Rajab and Shaban, I increase my fasting on Monday’s and Thursday’s. I also, whenever possible, fast the three white days (full moon, 13th, 14th,15th) of the Islamic lunar calendar. I increase my Quran recitation after fajr salaah (morning prayers) and increase my daily dhikr. This for me is becoming Ramadan ready. I start limiting screen time (social media and the already little TV I watch). I start spending my time more in the remembrance of Allah rather than waste time away.
During Ramadan, I switch of completely from social network. Every account is logged out off and apps removed from my phone. I know how 2 minutes can easily turn into 20 while scrolling through my Instagram feed, hence the drastic measures I have resulted in taking. My time in Ramadan is more valuable than the strongest currency and I need to be accountable for every minute that I spend. I don’t know if I will be blessed to experience another Ramadan; hell, I don’t even know if I’m going to see the one that is just weeks away. And for this reason, I feel I need to make the most of this time that I have.