The month of Ramadan is full of blessings and glad tidings. As Muslims, our endeavour should be to do things which are please our Lord and refrain from things which are disliked by HIM. This should be the general practice of muslims and more so in the blessed month of Ramadan where special emphasis should be laid on doing good and refraining from bad. We list out some of the Do’s and Don’ts of this blessed month.
Do keep your tongue moist in the remembrance of ALLAH SWT
Be generous during the month as Ibn Abbas said: “The prophet (S.A.W) was the most generous of the people, and in the month of Ramadan he would increase his generosity as if it were wave of a pleasant cool wind.”[Sahih Bukhari]
Recite Quran incessantly as Ramadan is considered the month of holy Quran since it was revealed during this month. The Prophet PBUH used to recite Quran to Angel Jibreel once every Ramadan but in the last Ramadan of his life he recited the Quran twice before Jibreel.
Try using dates for Suhoor (Pre-dawn meal) Prophet PBUH said “How excellent are dates as the believer’s Suhoor.”[Abu Dawood]
Forget all your grudges against your family members, neighbours, friends and all believers at large as the month of Ramadan is the best time to work on building better relationships. It was one of the qualities of the Prophet PBUH to establish good and steady relationship with his relatives — ‘Silat-Ar-Rahim’
Control your anger and try practicing the manners of highest order like Prophet’s and his Companions’.
Distribute Iftar to others as Prophet PBUH said: “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward.” [Ahmed, Ibn Maajah]
Increase during this month four qualities: Two with which you shall please your Lord, and two with which you cannot do without. The two that shall please Allah SWT are the repetition of La Illaha Ill ALLAH and Istighfaar (asking forgiveness), and the two qualities you cannot do without are asking Allah SWT to be allowed into Paradise and taking refuge in Him from Hell.[taken from Prophet’s sermon on the last day of Shabaan]
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 and. 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 at pictures in magazines and newspapers. A believer must lower gaze all the times.
Do not indulge in unnecessary, 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 worse 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 honour of his brother.” [Silsilah as Saheeh]
Do not listen to music at 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 lose your temper and get into unnecessary quarrel. The holy month teaches us patience. We should always 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]
Do not stare or talk to stranger females / males (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]
All these Do’s and Don’ts should be adhered to not only in Ramadan, but during other times as well.