Ramadan is the blessed month to build good habits. We naturally get involved in more good habits during this month than the rest of the year.
Since it's pretty easy to build some great habits, why shouldn't we carry it forward for the rest of our lives?
Yes, though good habits are built during Ramadan, most of us tend to leave it as it ends. Making it harder to carry forward is only because we limit some habits only for the month of Ramadan.
To make the most use of the month of this blessed month and to carry forward some of the best habits even after, here are 5 good habits and tips to get hold of the habits throughout your life.
Spending most of the time reciting the Quran in the month of Ramadan is one of the top things to do. Though we all enter the month of Ramadan with the best of intentions, most of us cannot keep up with it.
Just as you find time during your busy schedule for the recitation in the month of Ramadan, you should also make sure to allocate time for it even after it ends.
Set a time every day for reciting the Quran. You can also download Quran recitation apps to motivate you to spend some time reciting — many apps send reminders.
It is also good if you can read through the translations of the Quran as it is not just the recitation that is important but also understanding what you recite.
This will help you connect more with the Quran and increase your love for spending time learning it.
During Ramadan, we listen to many Islamic lectures to increase our knowledge. This can also be done after Ramadan ends. Keep listening to the lectures, teachings, stories of Prophets and everything related to Islam daily. It'll eventually become a habit for life.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan disciplines the spirits. The late-night prayers and spending time fulfilling the religious duties is something done with so much commitment in this blessed month.
To ensure the continuation of the religious obligations for the long term, we must be consistent and carry out the prayers orderly with the same commitment as we do in Ramadan.
Never miss the prayers and take it lightly once Ramadan ends; instead, be regular on your prayers and pray on time just as you do during this particular month.
One thing we all find easy to do during Ramadan and find it extremely hard on other days is waking up for fajr.
As we wake up for suhoor during Ramadan, we are expected to stay up and pray fajr, but this is a habit that fades once Ramadan ends.
It is essential to maintain this routine as it is highly beneficial for our lives in this world and the Hereafter.
Naturally, our body and mind would now be accustomed to waking up during fajr time, making it easier to keep going.
To keep continuing this good habit, we must keep the alarm on that we had for suhoor and wake up every day. Missing even one day can make it hard to get it into the habit again. Keep niyyah (intention) and it'll work.
Most of us find it hard to fast during Ramadan as we are not used to staying hungry. For those who find it hard to fast all of a sudden when Ramadan begins, it is good to be prepared for it ahead.
According to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW), try fasting twice a week — every Monday and Thursday.
Following this sunnah will bless you with rewards and help you prepare yourself for the month of Ramadan. This way, your mind and body are ready for the blessed month.
Intermittent fasting on normal days before and after Ramadan is a beneficial method to get your body used to function for long hours without food.
You can continue to give Sadaqah even after Ramadan ends. The act of giving comes with great rewards, but unfortunately, most of us limit it just for this one month.
If you regularly give Sadaqah during Ramadan, you must not let go of the habit once the month ends. This rewarding habit will benefit you in the Hereafter and this world.
A simple act of kindness that you effortlessly managed to do during Ramadan, spreading smiles everywhere, should be a habit that needs to be continued throughout the year.
This will reward you and also increase your happiness and satisfaction.
Ramadan is a month that brings families close to each other. Suhoor and Iftar are when families sit and eat together, unlike normal days.
These times spent together as a family is priceless and is an opportunity to spread love with each other. The spirit of Ramadan is bringing unity and harmony to people and households.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is that we stop following this habit once Ramadan ends. It doesn't have to be Suhoor, Ifthar or the Taraweeh prayers that should be a time to spend with the family.
Make it a habit to sit and eat together as a family even after Ramadan. Prioritize family meals, especially dinners to sit and dine together. Use this valuable time to talk to the rest of the family and share your day's activities.
Ramadan is not just a month to refrain from eating and drinking, but it's a month to discipline the soul. Let us make the most of this month to reap the rewards and continue to be good, practising Muslims in the month of Ramadan and every day of our lives.
These simple habits and a few changes can significantly impact our daily routine. Leaving us with a calm and refreshed self throughout the year.
May Allah (SWT) help us all, Aameen!
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