As humans it is our duty to serve The Almighty Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ) and mankind throughout our lives. Nevertheless, partaking in the Holy month of Ramadan requires us to indulge more into good deeds so that the gate of heaven opens for us. We should feel privileged to be getting an opportunity to serve our fellow beings.
Though portraying goodwill is a lifelong cycle, enacting humility and kindness during Ramadan purifies the soul. It is the best way to please Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ) so that he may forgive the sins committed. Keep in mind to make the most of the auspicious month to collect rewards and get the blessings of The Almighty Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ).
Here are some of the ways in which we may perform good deeds so that we may come closer to Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ).
Keeping yourself away from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset is one of the biggest ways of showing dedication and devotion to Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ). You are also expected to abstain from committing any sin or having bad thoughts.
- Invite friends and neighbors over for Iftar
It is a good practice to break fast together as Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) once said
مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا
“Whoever helps to break the fast of a fasting person (giving food), he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” – Sunan At-Tirmizi
- Give food to the needy
Pack food for people who are in dire need of it. It is always considered a noble act in giving food to the hungry.
- Performing Umrah during Ramadan
It is believed that performing Umrah during Ramadan is equivalent to performing Hajj with Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). What is better than asking for forgiveness during the Holy month of Ramadan by observing one of the sacred pilgrimages, Umrah.
- Practice the act of giving
Giving is always considered an honourable act. Practicing Zakat or giving to the needy is one of the greatest deeds one can follow during the Holy month of Ramadan to attain forgiveness for the misdeeds.
- Visit the sick and elderly
It is a good idea to visit the sick and help them in any way possible. Paying a visit to the elderly at old age homes is also considered a good virtue. The more you help them, the more closer you get to The Almighty Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ).
We must keep away from all worldly sins throughout our lives, especially during observing Ramadan. Each sin committed takes us away from Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ).
“Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” (Qur’an 12:90)
- Read the Quran everyday
It is necessary to read at least one chapter from the Quran per day so as to understand the word of Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ).
- Pray 5 times a day
It is of utmost importance to recite the prayers five times a day till the last breath. It should be noted that the Fajr prayer should not be skipped as it marks the beginning of a new day.
It is true Ramadan brings one closer to Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ) as He forgives the sins of his followers. But it is always better to practice the above mentioned acts as you not only serve Allah (سبحانه وتعالىٰ) but also other lives on earth.