Following are the Ramadan Checklist:
Perform Nawaafil and Dua:
Make a determination to win the extreme favor of Allah, perform extra prayers called Nawaafil, make frequent Dua and increase remembrance of ALLAH called Dhikr. Ask Allah to qualify you to reach Ramadan and to get the most out of it as the Salafi (People who died within the first 400 years after the Prophet) used to do.
Read Quran Daily:
Read the whole Qur’an at least once as the Prophet (SAW) used to do. Try to recite some Quran after every Prayer. Study the Quranic Tafseer every morning.
Aim to fast every day with 100% objective to seek the reward from Allah alone.The Prophet (SAW) said,
“Whoever fasts in Ramadan with Iman and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (Bukhari)
- Have Sehri as the Prophet (SAW) said,
“Have Sehri because it is blessed”.
- Make Dua during the fast because the Prophet (SAW) said that three people’s request is never rejected one of them is “fasting person”.
- Before opening the fast, make Dua first. The Prophet (SAW) said,
“The fasting person has a supplication that is answered when he opens his fast”.
Sadaqah and Charity:
Give Sadaqah and be nice with people. The Prophet (SAW) was the most free-handed to people and he was most free-handed in Ramadan.
- Avoid that things which reduces the fast importance such as lying, backbiting, cheating and getting angry. The Prophet (SAW) said
“Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [Bukhari] Checklist
- Do not eat too much after Iftar.
Ask for forgiveness
This is the month in which Allah free people from the fire, so ask for forgiveness as much as you can. Cry in isolated area for the forgiveness of your sins because it’s the month of forgiveness and Allah’s Mercy. Checklist
- Pray Tarawih with calmness. If you pray at home extend the Salah as long as you can. If you pray in the Masjid complete the Salah with the Imam.
- Invite others and feed the poor for Iftar. The Prophet (SAW) said,
“Whoever gives Iftar to someone fasting he will have the same reward without decreasing the reward of the person fasting”.
- Try harder in the last ten nights exclusively the odd nights. The Prophet (SAW) would struggle in Ramadan more than in any other month and more particularly in the last ten days. Donate bigheartedly to the masjid and anywhere people are in need. “This is a month of sharing!” Seek the infrequent rewards because this night is better than a 1000 months, Laila-tul-Qadr. Checklist
- Ask Allah to accept all your good actions during this month.
“Oh you who believe, what is the matter with you that when you are asked to march forward in the cause of Allah you cling heavily to the earth. Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter but little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter.” [Qur’an 9:38]
- Read this Dua in the last ten nights that Laila-tul-Qadr is probably to fall on :
Allahumma innaka affuwan tuhibbul-afwa fa’fu anni (O Allah you are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).
Practice the happiness of Tahajjud prayers and dedicate yourself morally and completely to Allah in the I’tikaf during the last 10 days of Ramadan.These are some important Checklist for Ramadan to make it productive and effective.