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As we enter another Ramadan, what better time to give thanks to Allah (SWT) for the blessings He has given us, allowing us to reach this Holy month once more? 

However, it is important to ensure that we are fully prepared to make the most of this auspicious month. We must maximise every moment of our time, given the infinite possibilities for reward and blessing that Ramadan can offer to us. Undoubtedly, we are all privileged to be given the opportunity to partake in Ramadan once again. 

As we prepare to pray, recite and worship, it is also important to remember why we should be performing good deeds all year round. Although the rewards for such acts are multiplied during Ramadan, and on Laylatul Qadr in particular, this is the perfect reminder of how we should lead our everyday lives throughout the year. 

It is important to practice our faith and lead by example, strengthening our relationship with Allah (SWT) and doing all that we can to be the best we can possibly be. 

Some examples of how we should be practising in our daily lives include the following.

Fasting

Fasting is one of the biggest ways in which we can show our devotion and dedication to Allah (SWT) during Ramadan, yet it involves far more than simply abstaining from eating and drinking between the hours of sunrise and sunset. In addition, those participating in the fast must abstain from committing sinful acts and thinking impure thoughts, in order to fast with the mind and spirit as well as the body.

During the fast, we are purifying ourselves and being reminded of our brothers and sisters around the world who do not have the privilege of regular food and nourishment as we do. By complying with the wishes of Allah (SWT), completing the fast and sharing our wealth and good fortune with others, we can gain substantial rewards.

Taqwa

“Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.”

(Qur’an 12:90)

 We must strive to attain taqwa throughout our lives in order to repent and worship Allah (SWT) as He commands of us. It is important to understand exactly why we must continually work to achieve closeness to Allah (SWT), in order to fulfil His wishes. 

Indeed, the reward of taqwa is better than all the joys of this world.

Obedience

Obedience and discipline are additional traits that we should work to adopt during Ramadan. This is linked to the act of fasting, as we must remain pure and selfless in order to cleanse and purify our minds and bodies at this holiest time. By abstaining from such things, we are following the wishes of Allah (SWT) and being given a constant reminder of the importance of remaining humble. 

Ramadan is one of the greatest symbols of obedience, and as a result, the rewards are great. During Ramadan, we can obtain closeness with Allah (SWT) as well as being granted countless blessings and rewards both now and in the Hereafter.

Giving

If you are eligible and choose to pay your Zakat during Ramadan, you will already be familiar with the rewards that giving to those less fortunate can bring during this Holy month. Donations during Ramadan will help those most in need – whether it is vulnerable orphans, families in extreme poverty, or innocent people suffering as a result of conflict or natural disaster. 

This Ramadan, please consider joining our generous donors and give what you can to help your brothers and sisters around the world enjoy a blessed month – one of the best rewards of all. 

May Allah (SWT) accept our humble fasting, prayers and worship. Ameen.

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