The blessed month of Ramadan is here. The Ramadan 2023 UK dates are Wednesday 22 March, to Thursday 20 April.
Muslims around the world are rejoicing at Ramadan’s arrival because it is the month of unlimited blessings. It is a month of forgiveness, contemplation and donating Zakat to the poor. Adding to the significance of Ramadan is the fact that Lailat-ul-Qadr, also known as the Night of Power, lies within Ramadan. Every Muslim strives to attain the blessings of this night so as to be successful in the afterlife. The blessings of Ramadan are abundant, not least on this night.
However, just like any other occasion or event, there are things that should be in order, a checklist of sorts for Ramadan. We have put together a handy checklist for our readers and supporters. It contains only the essentials that we think would be a great addition to the household and ensure they have a joyous, memorable, and pleasant Ramadan.
Let’s start with consumable items first. Dates are an essential food in Ramadan. Muslims open their fast with dates. Even though using dates is not mandatory, it was an act preferred by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). As such, Muslims follow in his footsteps and do the same. Be sure to have plenty of dates stocked in your household. Not only are they delicious, but they are also nutritious and full of energy.
Many families also give dates as Ramadan gifts. When they visit each other’s homes for Iftar, they will take with them a plate of dates to contribute to the breaking of their fast. Such Ramadan gifts are an essential part of spending this holiest of times with family and loved ones.
In Ramadan, Muslims make a habit of reciting the Qur’an on their own separately in their free time. Doing so carries enormous blessings, particularly during Ramadan. The Holy Qur’an is a book of guidance for all humankind. Be sure to keep a copy of the Qur’an nearby, whether at home or work, so you can recite it whenever you have some time to spare over the course of Ramadan.
Trips to the local mosques will be more frequent. Ramadan is a time when huge crowds flock to mosques to pray and read the Holy Qur’an. Keeping an extra prayer rug comes in very handy in case the mosque is full beyond capacity. This can certainly be an issue in Western and European countries where mosques and small prayer halls can become packed during Ramadan. Regardless of where you live, however, having one or two extra prayer mats for Eid prayers is a must. The Eid prayers often take place in vast open fields, auditoriums, football stadiums, and convention centres. Such places, however, often require people to bring their own prayer mats.
Itar is an exquisite fragrance that men, in particular, apply to their skin and clothes. Putting on Itar was a favourite act of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), particularly on Eid occasions like Eid-ul-Fitr. On this day, he would dress up and put on Itar in preparation for the day. Just like normal perfumes and fragrances, there are numerous different types of Itar. Be sure to get one that suits you and apply it before going out for prayer on the day of Eid.
This is a small, albeit very handy, checklist for Ramadan. If you have these things covered, you should be in good shape. Let’s welcome Ramadan with open arms, and let’s make sure we get the most out of it this year, Insha’Allah. May Allah (SWT) accept the fasts of the Muslim Ummah, Ameen!
Expressing generosity is an integral feature of Ramadan. Donate to Muslim Aid to fulfil your duty to Allah (SWT).