Elevate your Intentions before Ramadan
Our intention can elevate even the simplest of actions and choices to acts of worship, alhamdullilah.
Everything we do with the intention of pleasing Allah, in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, can be a source of reward, so don't miss out on seeking Allah's Pleasure placing a clear intention behind every action
As we approach Ramadan, take a moment to be mindful. Make the conscious intention to make choices to please Allah and turn this time of preparation into a source of reward too.
I am going to prepare for Ramadan in advance.
By being well-prepared, I will be able avoid stress and overwhelm in shaa Allah and I’ll be able to worship Allah to the best of my ability when Ramadan arrives.
I'm going to be grateful.
Allah says in the Quran: And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah. (Quran 16:52)
“Be grateful to Allah." And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy. (Quran 31:12)
I am going to clear my physical and mental space.
When my environment and my mind are calmer, I am better able to worship Allah both now and in Ramadan. I’ll also be able to give the excess I have to those who need it more than I do.
I am going to rebuild my relationship with Quran.
The Quran is Allah’s word and the ultimate guide book to success. It is a reminder, a healing, a Mercy and the source of great reward that softens our heart and guides us towards goodness.
While we have it at our fingertips each and every day, how often do we pick it up, read it, or reflect on it?
Make the intention to start rebuilding your relationship with Quran today.
And indeed, the Qur'an is a reminder for the righteous. (Quran, 69:48)
So when the Qur'an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy. (Quran, 7:204)
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter." [At- Tirmidhi].
I am going to remember Allah
Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured." (Quran 13:28)
I am going to have the best of manners and character
Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "I was sent to perfect good character." Sahih
I am going to make healthier food choices.
Allah says in the Quran, O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. (Quran 2:168)
I am going to seek knowledge so that Allah makes the path to Jannah easy for me.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion." [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].
I am going to do everything in small amounts and consistently because this is what Allah loves.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said ‘O people, perform such acts as you are capable of doing, for Allah does not grow weary but you will get tired. The acts most pleasing to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small. And it was the habit of the members of Muhammad's (ﷺ) household that whenever they did an act they did it continuously’. Sahih Muslim
This list is literally endless and the more you are able to be conscious of your intentions and make choices that are pleasing to Allah, the greater the potential of reward.
May Allah purify our intentions and help us to be mindful of them as we prepare and move into Ramadan. Ameen.