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You are about to embark on a remarkable journey, along with a billion other souls across the world, to challenge and push yourself to greater heights. Coming soon is a remarkable season of goodness, intense spirituality and soaring faith, with unimaginable opportunities for reward and virtue. But all of this requires adequate preparation and planning. Don’t let Ramadan this year catch you by surprise. Remember that failing to plan is indeed planning to fail.
أتاكم رمضان شهرٌ مباركٌ ، فرض اللهُ عليكم صيامَه ، تـُفتـَحُ فيه أبواب السماء و تـُغلــَقُ فيه أبواب الجحيم و تـُغـَلُّ فيه مَرَدَة ُ الشياطين ، فيه ليلة هي خير من ألف شهر ، من حُرمَ خيرها فقد حُرِم
Ramadan has come upon you, a blessed month. Allah has obligated for you its fasting. In this month, the heavens’ gates are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained. In this month there is a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is truly deprived indeed.
[Sunan al-Nasā’i 2079, Musnad Ahmad 6851, 9133, 8631, authenticated by al-Albani]
This was the Prophetic welcome of Ramadan, with which he would congratulate his Companions and celebrate the arrival of the month of Ramadan. His Companions were known to anticipate and plan for this season for half a year and then miss it for another half.
All of us should formally welcome Ramadan as well. So gather your family, hold a meeting, and get everyone ready. Many Muslim societies have a beautiful practice of decorating or renovating their homes prior to Ramadan, and each of us should also thing of creative ways to send a signal to our families, friends and neighbors that this time is indeed very special.
Here are 7 things you can do to make this Ramadan more powerful.