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A concise PDF that highlights the virtues and merits of Ramadan.

Each year we are reminded that this Ramaḍān may be our final one. We also often remember those who were here last year but have passed on to Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) since then.

This year the reminder will be even more stark, with the Covid-19 pandemic bringing death close to our communities and homes.

Amidst today’s confusion and pain however, Ramaḍān, by the will of Allah, is going to be exactly what we need: patience through fasting, tranquillity through the night prayer, purification through repentance, comfort through du‘ā’ and contentment through dhikr.

For this Ramaḍān to be our best, we should start preparing now, spiritually but also physically. The month of Sha‘bān is akin to the sunnah prayers. The sunnah prayers help us to get into the ‘mode’ of salāḥ and prepare us for the farḍ prayers. By preparing in Sha‘bān, we are more likely to taste the sweetness of fasting and qiyām in Ramaḍān.