10 Great Goals to Set this Ramadan

10 great goals to set for this Ramadan by Sound Vision Staff writer
http://soundvision.com/info/ramadan/10goals.asp

1. 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.

1. 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.

1. 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.

1. 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 one week.

1. 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.

1. 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.

1. 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<http://www.soundvision.com/ecards/step1.asp?cat_fldAuto=17&nameto=&emailto=&namefrom=&emailfrom=>and
ask them how their fasting is going.

1. 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.

1. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day…just five, not more, not less (From Sidi Khalil: It should be our goal to finish the Quran every month, but especially in Ramadan. It takes about 30-50 minutes to read one juz (depending on how fast one reads). Follow that pattern and you will complete the Quran every month.)

As Sidi Khalil rightly points out, we should have higher goals with the Quran especially if we are used to reading it. JazakAllah khair Sidi Khalil.

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.

1. 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.

If anyone else has any contentions or additions please add them in the comments! JazakAllah khair!

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10 Comments »

  1. Khalil Moore Said:

    Bismillah.
    As-salamu alaykum…

    Other comments aside (and some could be made), I have a serious contention with this statement: “Read 5 minutes of Quran a day…just five, not more, not less”

    Why not more? Ya Allah, 5 minutes? It should be our goal to finish the Quran every month, but especially in Ramadan. It takes about 30-50 minutes to read one juz (depending on how fast one reads). Follow that pattern and you will complete the Quran every month.

    May Allah give us true love for His Word and may He make us of those who live according to what we know. Amin . . .

  2. Umm Yusuf Said:

    Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister,

    Thanks for posting this! Excellent points to keep in mind as Ramadan is fast approaching. 😀 Mash’Allah!

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  4. assalamu alaikom khalil moore,

    I agree with you but it isn’t my article. :/
    However, I was thinking maybe this is speaking to people that don;t read at all, and don’t even pick up the Quran all year. I don’t know. But it shouldn’t have said “no more no less” That’s a little weird.

  5. Umm Layth Said:

    I’m not a big fan of praying tarawih in a group, honestly. I don’t know if that’s bad or if that is my natural fitrah in enjoying to pray in an isolated place in my home, to help me concentrate.

    Anyone else feel this way?

  6. hmm, it depends
    there are times when a big group could be distracting but I usually like it better in a group especially the motivation aspect. It would be harder for me to pray on my own unfortunately, but I do know a lot of people who can’t concentrate in congregational prayers.

  7. Khalil Moore Said:

    Wa alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah…

    Oh, don’t worry, I know you didn’t write it. Just voicing my opinion. 😉

    Tawfiq and Barakah… May Allah give us love of what He loves… Amin.

  8. ameen to your duah

  9. safiya Said:

    Salaam Alaikum,

    I love your blog and this post is so helpful, masha Allah

  10. Khurram Said:

    Ramadan Mabrook…

    nice blog…

    check mine at

    brandgoal.blogspot.com


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