Muslims worldwide are eagerly waiting for Ramadhan to come as they will be fasting from start to end of the entire holy month. Through this, Muslims hope to cultivate patience, restrain lust, give to others in need but most importantly, attain piety. Ramadhan this year will begin on 5th May 2019. As such, we, as Muslims, must do the best we can to welcome Ramadan in with high spirits. In order to do so, we can make the effort of practising a few fasting sunnahs (the way of the Prophet Muhammad SAW) as shown below.
According to a hadith narrated by Bukhori and Muslim, whoever performs the taraweeh sunnah prayer based on faith, will receive a reward from Allah SWT and all his past sins will be forgiven. Carrying out the taraweeh sunnah prayer during Holy Month of Ramadan in the mosque is not merely a human worship of God, but also a part of prospering the mosque. So go find the nearest mosque from your place and start doing this Sunnah!
The Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad thousands of centuries ago, during the month of Ramadan. This holy script contains the words of Allah SWT, where he describes historical accounts of previous prophets and people, directives for his followers; etc. Essentially, the Quran is good for helping someone to distinguish between good and bad, as well as to strengthen a person's faith as he will feel closer to Allah. Due to all these benefits, as Muslims, we should do our best to spend as much time as we can to read the Quran from start to finish during this sacred month. Even 4 pages after every fardhu prayer is enough to complete the whole Quran throughout the 30 days. Additionally, for all those non-Arabic speakers, you can make it a point to learn the meaning of each verse, and then memorise it before you pass the knowledge onto other fellow Muslims.
I'tikaf is a practice in Islam whereby Muslims stay overnight at a mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadhan. The last 10 days of Ramadhan is better known as Lailatul Qadr. Muslims believe that on one of the nights of Lailatul Qadr, all their sins will be forgiven if they seek forgiveness for them sincerely.
I'tikaf is a form of silent worship to Allah SWT as you will be devoting yourself to Allah and not get distracted by other worldly affairs. Indeed, doing i'tikaf is a practice that will make you feel calm and at ease.
A hadith by HR. Bukhari explained that Prophet Mohammad did this sunnah for twice as long (20 days) in the year that he passed away. Having said this, while we are all still alive, we must be appreciative of the fact that we are able to meet Lailatul Qadr. Hence, let us all make the effort to do as many good deeds as possible and not miss this once in a year opportunity to get rid of all our sins.
Carrying out Umrah during Ramadan has its own specialty. Prophet Mohammad revelead that Umrah in the month of Ramadan is more like a pilgrimage with the Prophet.
All in all, there are still many sunnahs you can do during Ramadan such as breaking your fast immediately after hearing the call to prayer, eating dates during suhoor and iftar and so much more! You must remember that doing worship and kindness during this holy month will let you will be rewarded many times as compared to other months in the Islamic calendar. Hopefully we can all fast with deep meaning and solemnity this Ramadhan and may it will all be worth it in the afterlife.
Have a blessed Ramadhan Muslim sisters and brothers!