Ramadan ready?
April 08 2021 01:17 AM
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Shefa Ali
Shefa Ali

By Shefa Ali

As I sit here writing this piece, many of us all over the country are anticipating the results of today’s announcement about further Covid restrictions in Qatar. I hope and pray whatever is announced doesn’t have a negative impact on us all. So much uncertainty these days, but one thing for certain is its Ramadan next week.
Ramadan is a major event for Muslims all over the world and just like any other event, it is best to prepare for it in advance with a daily action plan. The planning requires goals of education and thoughtful spiritual experience. To avoid disappointment and frustration at the end of the month, I will create a daily action plan to get the best out of Ramadan.
As the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has narrated that the value of any action is dependent upon the intention. A person gets a reward for its intention as narrated in (Bukhari Shareef). In Islam intention has supreme importance, so plan your month with good intentions and make a daily plan to stay on track for the whole month.
If you intend to perform good deeds every day, but are unable to for some reason, Allah will reward you for your intention as if you have performed the good deed.
Part of my planning will involve food prep. I will write down what I am going to have for Iftar every night in Ramadan. This way I will know beforehand what I am cooking for every Iftar, which days I would like to go out for Iftar and which day I want to invite people over, if Covid restrictions allow.
This Ramadan I would like to focus on increasing my knowledge, I will read as much as I can and also watch some of the Ramadan series that the scholars and speakers have on You Tube.
Even if you are not Muslim you may want to use the month of Ramadan to take a look inwards and use it as a time for reflection and knowledge seeking.
I wish you and your family a blessed Ramadan, safe healthy, happy and safe.

- The author is a consultant and coach. Instagram handle: @miss_shefa,  Website: missshefa.com



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