Do not miss a single obligatory prayer during Ramadan. After testifying Shahadah the most important obligation on a believer is to offer Salat. Salat is the only thing which differentiates a believer from a non believer. As Prophet PBUH said, “That which differentiates us from the disbelievers and hypocrites is our performance of Salat. He, who abandons it, becomes a disbeliever.” [At-Tirmidhi]. Offering of Salah (prayers) is placed above fasting in the chronology of five Islamic pillars.
Do not waste time in needless things like shopping? Avoid visiting markets as much as you can. Prophet PBUH said, “The parts of the land dearest to ALLAH are its Masjids, and the parts most hateful to ALLAH are its markets”. Try to cash in each and every second in the remembrance of ALLAH SWT.
Do not pollute your sight by gazing at non permissible activities such as watching TV (for entertainment), staring pictures in magazines and newspapers. A believer must lower gaze all the times.
Do not indulge in indecent and abusive talk. Prophet PBUH said “Fasting is not (merely abstaining) from eating and drinking, rather it is (abstaining) from ignorant and indecent speech, so if anyone abuses or behaves ignorantly with you, then say: I am fasting, I am fasting.” [Sahih Bukhari].
Do not backbite as it is worst than adultery as Prophet PBUH said “There are seventy two forms of Riba, the least of which is as bad as a man having intercourse with his own mother, and the worst of which is when a man slanders the honor of his brother .”[Silsilah as Saheeh]
Do not listen to music any time. Try to refrain from it from this Ramadan. Narrated By Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari : That he heard the Prophet saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.” [Sahih Bukhari Vol.7, Book 69, #494B]
Do not loose your temper and get into unnecessary quarrel. The holy month teaches us patience so exercise it. The Prophet PBUH said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, ALLAH SWT is not in need of his leaving his food and drink. (i.e. ALLAH will not except his fasting).” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol.3, Book 31, #127]
Do not stare or talk to stranger females (non Maharam) and shake hands with them. The prophet PBUH said “It is better for you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you.” [Classed Sahih by Shaikh Albani]
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