RAMadan is almost here: This is how we're preparing
Our favourite time of the year is almost here (like less than 10 days away) and we could not be more excited! We’re just as excited to spend more time with family, our spirituality, and the food that most of us eat only once a year as much as the next person, but we need to prepare.
So much to do, so little time. It’s okay; we’ve got you covered.
How To Prepare:
Seriously, clean every room because you want to start off this month clean and fresh. Do this from top to bottom, clean and organize everything. Organize shelves and all storage units, maybe even rearrange some furniture because why not? Start the holy month fresh, because a clean house equals a clean mind and in this time of cleansing, this is a must.
Use a scent:
Not for you, for the house and/or your room. Pick the perfect scent (it can be a candle, essential oils, etc.) and use it around your house or just your room, it'll make you feel so nice and lift your spirits. Growing up, there was always a special scent associated with Ramadan (I don't know what it is), but doing something as little as having a scent can make your mind clearer and your mood brighter.
Start disciplining yourself earlier:
Start praying more and reading more Quran so that you're not springing it all onto yourself on the first day of Ramadan. Start practicing more patience and start eating less before Ramadan so it's not too hard when it starts. Gently starting some of the practices you do during Ramadan earlier helps you transition better and it gets you in the spirit.
Make a meal plan:
A meal plan during Ramadan helps you stay on track so you a) don't overeat and gain weight b) know what you're going to be cooking instead of feeling stumped and c) save time worrying and spend more time with your spirituality. I am a) every year, unfortunately.
Read so many books:
There are so many wonderful religious and/or religiously related books out there for you to read and educate yourself on during Ramadan.
"The Essential Rumi," translated by Coleman Barks
This is "80 never-before-published poems by 13th-century Sufi mystic poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī."
Muhammad: Man and Prophet, by Adil Salahi
This is a biography of the central figure of Islam. "The book traces Muhammad's life from his birth to the rise to prominence of Islam."
Purification of the Heart, by Hamza Yusuf
"a manual on how to transform the heart" using the spiritual teachings of Islam, the author writes.
Don’t Be Sad by Aidh Ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
"This book is full of advice on how to replace sadness and disappointment and also talks about how Islam teaches us to deal with test of the world.”
Get in the spirit
Decorate your house with lights, Ramadan decor, anything to get you in the Ramadan spirit! Making the space around you exciting helps you feel and stay excited throughout the month. Go to the Ramadan Market hosted by Salam Sudduf on Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th to get in the spirit!
Ramadan is a wonderful time full of family, friends, spirituality, and God. That is why you should start preparing so you're all set for when it starts!
Let us know below how you prepare for Ramadan? What's your favourite thing about Ramadan?