As we get closer and closer to the last days of Ramadan, it’s safe to say a lot of us are losing our steam. Whether it’s the waking up just 5 minutes before Fajr and shoving as much food into our mouths as we can, or being perpetually exhausted and sleeping the day away. If you’re a mother, you didn’t have much energy to begin with and Ramadan is probably starting to catch up with you.
I’m going to share a few tips that have helped me this Ramadan, and in year’s past, to boost my ibadah and my spiritual energy in the final days of Ramadan.
Listen to Soul Food
“They say just as our bodies need nourishment to survive, our souls need to be nourished as well. But the question is, how often do we feed our souls.”
Soul Food is a podcast about spiritual refinement. Ustadh Amjad Tarsin takes us on a journey inwards, to work on our souls. It is my favorite podcast of all time and something I turn to time and time again in Ramadan. The topics range from patience, thankfulness, hope & fear, love, trust, sincerity, and more.
Each episode is about 15 minutes long and contains a handful of reflection points that leave you spiritually enlightened and uplifted. It’s the perfect boost of energy as we near the end of Ramadan.
Teach Someone about Ramadan
I remember being in undergrad and realizing that the best way to study was to teach a fellow student a topic or concept. The act of teaching would force me to review my content and sharing the knowledge would get me excited about it.
The same goes for Ramadan! There are so many people out there who aren’t familiar with the blessed month of Ramadan. A friend, a colleague, your child’s teacher, a neighbor, your social media friends, and more.
I taught my nanny and her boyfriend about Ramadan this year and it has been one of my favorite Ramadan moments of 2018 thus far. They tried fasting for a day, we had iftar together, and they even mastered saying “Asalamualaikum”. The joy in teaching someone something new is unparalleled.
Try it! Some people may be more interested in learning than others but I guarantee their fresh look at Ramadan will leave you inspired.
The Prophet (PBUH) recommended gift giving as a favorable act that maintains and strengthens the relationship between the giver and the recipient.
The gift doesn’t have to be something fancy or expensive. If you frequent the masjid during Ramadan, grab some dollar store treats and toys and give them out to children at the masjid. If you have a mail delivery person, leave a bottle of water and a granola bar out for them. If you have a friend that lives far away, surprise her with a card in the mail or a flower delivery during this blessed month.
The happiness of the recipient will give you a boost of spiritual energy that is so needed during these last days of Ramadan.
May your last 10 nights of Ramadan be fruitful.