30 Ramadan Reminders

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, here are 30 reminders to keep us grounded and in tune with the principles that we tend to practice throughout this month so we may continue to espouse these all year round.

1. Practice self-restraint

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. Quran 2:183

2. Be slow to anger.

‘Raise your words, not your voice. For it is rain, not thunder that grows flowers.’ – Rumi

3. Give thanks.

A grateful heart is key to contentment and happiness. Be not like the kid who has a whole cake minus one slice who is miserable. Be rather like the kid grinning from ear to ear, holding one slice.

4. Be courteous.

‘When a courteous greeting is offered to you, greet in return with a greeting still more courteous, or at least of equal courtesy.

Surely, Allah keeps an account of all your actions.’- Quran 4:86

5. Be kind.

To yourself, your kin, strangers. To living beings. To the earth. Disturb not a soul.

6. Be humble.

We begin to feel important. It may be the financial status. Or a prestigious position. Or some new acquisitions. The titles we add before our given names….the way people react or defer to us….and then it begins to get to our heads.

How we conveniently forget that from dust we became and to dust we return. All of us. Without exception.

7. Watch your words

‘Speak only when your words are more beautiful than silence’

8. Practice sabr.

There’s no time like God’s time.
Indeed, Allah is with the patient….Quran 1:153

9. Do good.

Is there any reward for good, other than good? Quran 55:60

10. Be better than your former self, everyday.

When we focus on improving ourselves, there’s no time to be policing other people. The only thing we have control over and are answerable for are our actions. Let’s work on us. God knows there’s a lot to do!

11. Don’t Rush.

The Swahili proverb goes, ‘haraka haraka haina baraka’ (Fast fast lends no blessings). Likewise, the Hareri proverb goes, ‘Zetbalela belela’ (The one who rushes, spoils).

Don’t rush prayers, decisions, conversations, judgements.

12. Be hungry for knowledge.

Understanding where one’s ignorance lies is the beginning of seeking knowledge/wisdom.

13. Always question.

Always seek answers and never stop learning and growing.

14. Be generous.

With your time, your money, your smiles – for even smiling is charity.

15. Seize today, for tomorrow may never come.

16. Have Faith. Like the birds.

‘If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They go out early in the morning hungry and return in the evening full.’ – Narrated by at-Tirmidhi

17. Act (in the face of injustice)

“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” – Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) [Muslim]

18. Love.

“Love is the greatest, purest, truest, most beautiful thing any of us will ever experience…We can never fail at anything done with love. Love is our true nature. And when we forget our true nature, we forget our true power…” – Nasim Hassan

19. Respect Time.

‘By time.
Indeed mankind is in loss.
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.’ Quran 103: 1-3

20. Be clean. (body, mind & soul)

Cleanliness is part of faith and faith leads to paradise. – Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

21. Be hospitable.

Open your home and your hearts to those in need.

22. Pray.

Earnestly and consistently.
No matter what you’re doing, take time out to connect with the Almighty.

23. Be disciplined.

For to accomplish anything meaningful requires discipline.

24. Don’t bow down.

Unless it’s to the Almighty.

25. Tread gently.

The worshippers of the All-Merciful are they who tread gently upon the earth, and when the ignorant address them, they reply, “Peace!” – Quran 25:63

26. Don’t force anything.

There is no compulsion in religion. And so there should be no compulsion in any other arena of life.

27. Seek forgiveness.

And forgive those who’ve wronged you. Don’t hold on to burdens that will follow you and hold you down all the days of your life. Tread lightly.

28. Don’t despair.

For with every hardship, comes relief. Quran 94:6

29. Fear none but the Almighty.

…Fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price… Quran 5:44

30. Be just.

O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. – Quran 5:8

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