Ramadan is a very special and holy month of year on the Arabic Calendar. It’s a time where everyone no matter where they’re from to rejoice and come together to break their fast with a symbolic food: a date. However, before Ramadan begins, Muslims always prepare themselves physically and mentally for this wonderous month. They must cleanse their spirits before they can fast. Ways in which a Muslim can spiritually cleanse and prepare their souls for the of Ramadan are to clear their minds of bad intentions, secure their relationships with the Quran, and focusing on their prayers.
When people clear their mind of bad intentions, they will have no bad deeds to preform and can stay on the right path of following the Quran. While preparing everyone must realize that during Ramadan, they want to stay on the righteous path to receive all the good deeds they can get. When people pray it helps them stay true to the path and achieve Taqwa. Taqwa is the fear and love of Allah (SWT). It allows people to retain their faith and to rid the mind of bad intentions so they can fast in the name of their Rab. This is the reason Allah (SWT) asked that when people pray, they have a clear mind and think of nothing.
To prepare people for Ramadan they must secure the relationship they have with the Quran. Muslims always want to read the Quran even if there is no occasion happening. Reading one letter of the Quran gives the person 10 good deeds and reading surahs really help individuals connect with Allah (SWT). The Prophet Muhammed (ASWS) was sent the Quran and would read and recite every day until he passed away. The Quran is the holiest book to the Muslims and tells stories the enrich the mind and cleanse the soul to help people start Ramadan.
Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam so we can worship Allah. It will be the first thing asked about on judgement day and is all about giving praise to Allah and asking for forgiveness which can help cleanse the soul. During prayer the mind must be clear and to focus on nothing but Allah. In prayer people recite the Fatiha which roughly translates to In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists). The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e., the Day of Resurrection) You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). Guide us to the Straight Way the Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians). Saying the Fatiha reminds Muslims of the might of Allah (SWT) and how they should always thank him. People also pray during Ramadan to help them see the clear path and to not be tempted by the Shaytan.
Overall, there are plenty of ways to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of Wisdom and true connection with Allah (SWT). Allah is merciful and even when people have done something wrong they can pray for forgiveness and have their sins washed away but not forgotten. Muslims can prepare their souls for Ramadan by clearing their minds of bad deeds and sins, securing their relationships with the holy book: the Quran, and focusing on their praying.
by Omar Molokhia (Age:15)