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IslamiCity.com - 10 great goals to set for this Ramadan

IslamiCity.com - 10 great goals to set for this Ramadan


7/10/2012 - Religious Family Interfaith –
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By: IslamiCity
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Eat, drink and be moderate 


Almost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we 
just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move 
afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the 
spirit of Ramadan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not 
self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our 
stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, 
even in Ramadan. 


Give a dollar a day in charity...or five or 
ten 


The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon 
him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let's open our hearts and 
dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds 
up. Whatever you can give, it's the intention that counts. 


Memorize 4 new Surahs 


Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting 
task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in 
Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. 
Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want to memorize a 
longer one the following week. 


Go to Tarawih prayers 


Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an 
exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. 
Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The 
community spirit is part of Ramadan's blessings. Don't miss it this year. If 
going every day is not possible, try going at least once week. 
Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the 
recitation of the Quran will be finished 
Call the local mosque and find out which day the 
Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only 
hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the 
heart-rending Duas that follow it. 


Stop swearing and/or backbiting - with a special 
box 


It's hard not to shoot our mouths off when 
someone's upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about 
someone to our family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of 
letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got 
to wage Jihad against our bad habits. 
Try this: get a box and every time you catch 
yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or 
less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like 
punishment. 
At the end of the month send the money to a charity 
or buy a gift for the person whom you've backbitten the most against. 


Call/email your relatives 


You'd think that given the easy access to email, 
competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep 
in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the 
case, as we get caught up in life's "busyness." 
Strengthening ties with family members and keeping 
in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very 
pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a 
Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going. 


Go on a technology diet 


Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do 
this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After 
Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The 
same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to 
spiritual elevation this month. 


Read 5 minutes of Quran a day...just five, not 
more, not less 


Even if you feel you've got absolutely no time, set 
a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You 
can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice

is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the 
month of the Quran. 


Forgive everyone who has hurt you 


Still got a festering wound from the fight with 
your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a 
heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes 
treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive 
those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but 
it's also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to 
Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we lesser beings forgive too? 
If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, 
forgive at least three people. 


Happy Ramadan !!!

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