How to spend one's Ramadhaan

Q: How exactly should I spend my Ramadhan? I really want to make a difference in myself, but like, what should I do that will help with my character? Obviously I will try to continue my “improving my character” after Ramadhan, but hopefully you know what I mean.

And also, what ibadah can I do other than nafl salaah?

A: The most important aspect is the safeguarding of your time. It will be best that you draw up a timetable that will suit yourself, as you know best as to how many hours of rest you require etc. and then strictly abide by it. As a matter of principle, refrain from all forms of idle activity, whether idle talk, discussions, futile articles and news etc. and switch off your cell phone if you have one. Inform others as well that you will not be entertaining unnecessary conversations as you have more important things to focus on. Try to keep yourself occupied as much as possible in the tilaawat of the Quraan, otherwise in the constant recitation of the kalimah. Further, read a portion from the “Virtues of Ramadhaan” that appears in Fazaa’il-e-A`maal and also read through Fazaa’il-e-Sadaqaat. In this day and time take special care of your eyes and tongue. Don't abuse them with the people at home and those outside the home as well.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن علي بن حسين قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن من حسن إسلام المرء تركه ما لا يعنيه (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2318، وقال هكذا روى غير واحد من أصحاب الزهري عن الزهري عن علي بن حسين عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم نحو حديث مالك مرسلا وهذا عندنا أصح من حديث أبي سلمة عن أبي هريرة وعلي بن حسين لم يدرك علي بن أبي طالب)

وقال أبو داود مدار السنة على أربعة أحاديث وعد هذا منها وقال يكفي الانسان لدينه أربعة أحاديث وذكره منها (التيسير بشرح الجامع الصغير 2/381)

يَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ الْأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي الصُّدُورُ (سورة غافر: 19)

فصل في الاستكثار من القراءة في شهر رمضان وذلك لأنه شهر القرآن ... عن عبد الله بن مسعود أنه كان يقرأ القرآن في الجمعة إلى الجمعة وفي رمضان يختمه في كل ثلاث (شعب الايمان، الرقم: 2055)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)