Prophet Muhammad SAW is the best example for our ummah in seeking a life of barakah through practices which are both wajib (obligatory) and Sunnah (highly recommended practices in the life and teachings of Prophet SAW). Prophet SAW said, “Whoever revives my Sunnah then, he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.” (Al-Tirmidhi).
In this article, we share 𝘀𝗶𝘅 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗮𝗵 𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁𝘀 of Prophet Muhammad SAW we can emulate to earn rewards this Ramadan. May these habits increase our faith, productivity and appreciation for the significance of the month and seek to be in the company of Prophet SAW in akhirah, Insya Allah.
1. Eating Sahur
Eating sahur has immense benefits and blessings for the mind, body and soul. While it can be a little challenging to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, especially for our young children, it is good to nourish the body with nutrients that can help us perform our worship with ease. Consider smaller portions of food at sahur to prevent shocking your ‘sleepy stomachs’. Alternatively, take nutritious Sunnah superfoods such as dates, almond milk, cereals with honey and wheat products to provide you with the energy you need and sustain for the day.
2. Take part in congregational Prayers
Upon completing his sahur, Prophet Muhammad SAW would head to the mosque to perform the congregational subuh prayers. While it may be tempting to go back to sleep after sahur, performing the congregational solat subuh is one of the best ways to earn multiple rewards. During this month, we are also encouraged to perform the Terawih congregational prayers. A hadith by Iman Al-Bulkhari and Muslim said that a person is rewarded seven times more if he does congregation prayers as compared to alone.
3. Engage in Sadaqah
There was no one as generous as the Prophet SAW when it came to charity, especially in Ramadan. It is also reported that one of the people who would get the shade of Allah SWT on the day of Qiyamah would be the one who spent so much on charity that his right hand did not know what the left hand had given. Earn plenty of rewards by helping your less fortunate brothers and sisters through donations, contributions and pay your obligatory zakat.
4. Aspire to Khatam Al-Quran
Ramadan is the month when Quran was revealed and Prophet SAW and his companions used to recite the whole Quran in one night. Set our intention to make Quran recitations a more regular and frequent activity. Start by making the 𝗻𝗶𝗮𝘁 to khatam Quran before Syawal; set small achievable goals such as completing several pages in a day; plan your recitation schedule and try to do it while commuting, during lunch break, in between meetings and appointments.
5. Do not delay Iftar
Prophet Muhammad SAW instructed his ummah not to delay iftar as it establishes that the sun has set and that we are to enjoy the generosity of the rezeki that Allah SWT has bestowed upon us. Among other things, breaking our iftar immediately differentiates our ummah from other religions. . It is also to be kind to the person who have carried out the fast and give him more inspiration and strength to carry on the ibadah. Do remember that it is also a sunnah to break your fast with one, three of seven pieces of dates and water first.
6. Make Abundance of Supplications (Doa)
The Prophet SAW and his companions used to wait all year for Ramadan to attain its special blessings. They devoted themselves solely to worship and meditation, for the Prophet SAW said,” A tasbih in Ramadan is better than a thousand tasbihs in other than it.” (Al-Tirmidhi). One of the easiest way to earn a reward is by supplicating for others. Making doa for others is a beautiful and straightforward way to gain peace. It softens your heart and lessens any negative feelings we might have for others. It is also an act of ibadah, and Allah SWT loves those who ask from him.
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