Common Mistakes During Ramadan

Taking Ramadan As A Ritual: For many of us Ramadan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of Ibadah. We fast from morning to night like a zombie just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil. We forget to make dua, forget to beg Allah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire.

Common Mistakes During Ramadan
Too Much Stress On Food And Drink:
For some people, the entire month of Ramadan revolves around food. They spend the entire day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salah, Quran and other acts of worship. All they can think of is food. They turn the month of fasting into the month of feasting.

Spending All Day Cooking:
Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking all day and night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Isha, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quran. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on Iman.

Eating Too Much: Some people stuff themselves at Suhor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to make up for the food missed. However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Fill stomach one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air." (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah).

Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) sleeping away their fast. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month?
Wasting Time: In Ramadan multiply our deeds by 70. The month of Ramadan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allah calls this month "Ayamum Madodat" (A fixed number of days). Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching movies or even listening to music.

Fasting But Not Giving Up Evil:
Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haram, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allah.

Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadan or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaith (evil things). And this includes all kinds of smoking material eg.cigars, cigarettes, pipes, sheesha, hokah etc.

Skipping Suhor:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Eat Suhor for in Suhor there is blessing."(Bukhari, Muslim).
And he (peace be upon him) said: "The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating Suhor." (Muslim)

Not Fasting If Missed Suhor:
Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Suhor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels of food? Its not like you will die. Remember, obedience to Allah overcomes everything.

Delaying Breaking Fast:
Breaking fast whenever time .

Eating Continuously Until The Time For Maghrib Is Up:
Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right.
Missing The Golden Chance Of Having Dua Accepted: The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler." (al-Bayhaqi). Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance.

Fasting And Not Wearing Hijab: Not wearing the Hijab is a major sin as it is obligatory for Muslim. (See Surah Nur, Surah Ahzab). So fasting and not wearing hijab certainly takes away enormously from the rewards of fasting, even if does not invalidate it.

Not Fasting Because Of Exams Or Work:
Exams or work is not the excuses allowed by the Shariah to not fast.
Mixing Fasting And Dieting: Do not make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make. Fasting is an act of worship and can only be for the sake of Allah alone.

Praying Only On The Night Of The 27th:
Some people pray only on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan." (Bukhari, Muslim).
Wasting The Last Part Of Ramadan Preparing For Eid: Some people waste the entire last some days of Ramadan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadan in worship (Ahmad, Muslim)

Iftar Parties:
Although inviting each other for breaking fast is something good and encouraged, some people go to extremes with lavish Iftar parties with all sorts of disobedience to Allah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes and hijab-less women, to show-off and extravagance, to heedlessness to Salah, and Taraweh to even music and dancing.

Children Fast:
Many parents do not let their children fast during Ramadan (young children). This is something counter productive to a child. By allowing him to fast he will grow up to know he must do this act.

Many people who are able don't make Itikaaf at the masjid. We should take advantage of our good health and spend lots of time at the Masjid, especially the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Cut Hair Or Nails: Some people believe they cannot cut their hair or nails during Ramadan. This is also false.

Put Water Into Nose: Some people think you cannot put water in your nose and mouth during wuduh in Ramadan. This too is incorrect. (Collection)


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