PLAN HEALTHY IFTAARS
The best way to celebrate Ramadan is by getting involved in m iftaar preparations. From healthy alternatives to new dishes, you could experiment with flavours in the kitchen. While eating healthy would help you to stay fit, you can come up with your own versions of iftaar. It is also a great way to ensure that everyone participates in household activities, and bond over meals.
LEARN A NEW DUA EVERY DAY
The month of Ramadan celebrates our religious beliefs and spiritual rewards. In order to cherish the true spirit of the month, you can learn a new dua everyday, and find out their English meanings. By the end of the month, you would have learnt 30 new duas. You can find a range of printable lists online, and make your own dua calendar for this year.
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PRAYERS
As there is really no way to maintain social distancing at mosques during the taraweeh prayers, the best way to go is to do it at home. Scheduling your daily tasks according to the timings of your prayers is an effective measure of managing your day. There are several apps that can help you track your prayers, and you can also maintain a monthly checklist.
CREATE A RAMADAN CORNER
After a day of fasting, most of us look forward to catching up with friends and family for iftaar. While breaking the fasts with our loved ones might not be a possibility for many this year, you can create a Ramadan corner for yourself, with your own decorations. You can also include Ramadan boxes, with dates, prayer mats, prayer beads and a handwritten duas.
HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE
Amidst the pandemic, those who live below the poverty line have been hit the hardest. During Ramadan, giving to the poor and helping those in need is a sacred duty. Help whoever you can with money or food. You could send in donations to your nearby mosques or any social organisation that you trust.
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