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One of the most beneficial aspects of Ramadan is being able to build habits that will Insha Allah continue through the year after Ramadan. We know as Muslims that we will gain the pleasure of Allah by doing good deeds and in addition we are rewarded for our good deeds.
For those who do good, will have the best reward and [even] more through these acts in Ramadan. Sūrat Yūnus, No.10, Āyat 26
When it comes to the good deed it can be beneficial to ensure we try to keep deeds small so we can maintain consistency and thus they become a part of our lifestyle and are constant. We’ve curated a list of deeds that we can all do throughout Ramadan and Insha Allah continue them there after.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small.” (Bukhari, Muslim).
Doing the deeds together as a family or homes can also bring in the feeling of a more connected Ramadan. Have the list visible or print out and pop each reminder in your Ramadan advent calendar.
Pray on time for each fard salah
Send the duas for making/breaking the fast to loved ones and online. Get the reward for each time someone says them.
Set up a direct debit for the last 10 nights of Ramadan
Share an ayah of the Quran each day with family and friends
Donate iftar to those in need either through food banks or donating to charities with ‘feed the fasting programmes’
Set up an online fundraiser for a cause like building a well, there are also a range of causes to raise money and awareness for.
“The best charity is giving water to drink and he was the most generous in giving charity.” (Ahmad)
Leave a bowl of water out for the birds and a bird feeder
Volunteer where and when you can in your community
Do your bit in the home to support those in your family physically or emotionally
Reduce meat consumption over Ramadan. Join Islamic Relief for a Meat Free Fortnight
“The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The prophetic diet was actually predominantly vegetarian, comprised of far less meat than in the average diet of Muslims in Britain today.”
Arrange litter picking in local areas you live in
Offer to provide wake up calls for Suhoor for those spending Ramadan alone
Read the Quran each day:
The Prophet said “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” Reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim – Sahih al-Jami’ (6469)
14. Avoid speaking badly of anyone or indulging in any online gossip!
15. Give sadaqa every Jummah The Prophet (peace be upon him) said
“Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).
16. Organise iftars: Online or in person (Subject to Covid-19 guidelines)
17. Commit to memorising new duas and surahs:
The dua read most frequently by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:
“Yā Muqallibal-qulūb, thabbit qalbī `alā dīnik – “O changer of hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion”
18. Offer to pass on a skills or knowledge you have
19. Spend moments making dua for those you remember including those who have passed
20. Offer to babysit friends and families children (Subject to Covid-19 guidelines)
21. Make dhikr whilst cooking, working or gardening
22. Borrow books to friends and family
23. Write thank you notes to those you want to thank from the past year
24. Plant and gift seeds to others
“There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.” Sahih al-Bukhari 2320/ Narrated Anas bin Malik
25. Allow someone to help you the next time they offer
26. Make a list of things you love about someone and give it to them
27. Sign up to a post Ramadan course, get the reward of your intention now!
28. Leave positive feedback or a review for a small business or new author
29. Give Sadaqa jariya on behalf of those who have passed
Sadaqa Jariya is an important concept within Islam. … “When a person dies, all their deedsend except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them,” (Hadith, Muslim). Any charity which continues to have positive effects on a community in the long-term can be considered a sadaqa jariya.
30. Take time to sincerely ask for forgiveness
“O Allah, You are forgiving and you love to forgive, so forgive me.”‘” (Tirmidhi)
اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُعَنِّي
Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
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