HOW DO I MAKE MY RAMADAN PERFECT?
You would make your Ramadan “as perfect as possible” by the following:
1- By being sincere and doing your best concerning every aspect of worship.
2- By starting early, BEFORE Ramadan. Prepare ahead for Ramadan and start working for your Ramadan concerning all aspects of your worship.
3- Work on your fasting; start fasting Mondays & Thursdays and/or the lunar days (following the sunnah of the Prophet). You can add to these or you lessen. What is important is start moving, so that when Ramadan is around, you are ready. 4- Work on your qiyaam (late night prayers). Start by extra two raq`as after your night prayers before your sleep and then gradually try to wake up before Dawn prayer and pray alone at night. Start slowly and go for more.
5- Most important is to start working on your Qur’an. Start reviewing it as much as you can. Slowly, then speed up. Then, when you reach Ramadan you would be comfortable in your prayers and wouldn’t feel you still need to stretch your Qur’anic alertness.
6- Much more important is to start NOW praying and asking God to make Ramadan easy for you and to accept it from you at its end. The Prophet’s companion used to pray sincerely for six months before Ramadan, asking Allah to help them with their coming Ramadan. Then after Ramadan, they would pray for another six months asking God to accept their Ramadan.
7- Work on your charity, on your family relations, on your moral code, on your self-discipline. Well, self-discipline is most important of all, since it is the goal of Ramadan, to finally achieve a pious self when we get out of Ramadan. So, start working ahead.
8- To achieve all this, you need to have a time plan and to be strict with yourself. You have one Ramadan in the year and you need to set your goals right.
9- Make sure not to waste time in Ramadan. Do not surrender to the way many of our societies __today__ have re-formed the month as a month of leisure, lovely foods and family visits. There is no time to waste in Ramadan. This is the month of achieving highest communication with the Divine. So, make sure your time is not wasted in social events or watching TV serials or even in overeating or overcooking.
Your goal in this month is to reach God. So, set your goal, work on it and you will achieve it in sha’ Allah.