Islam places a huge emphasis on good ethics and proper manners alongside the religious practices and there is no better time than Ramadan to adopt these useful and beneficial ethics into your life. It takes 21 days to break a habit, making the holy month the perfect opportunity to detach yourself from any behaviors, habits or characteristics you’re not happy with.
“When you smile to your brother’s face, it is charity.” [Muhammad PBUH, al-Tirmidhi 1879]
It sounds simple, but with the long fasting hours and heat alongside all of the other responsibilities we are all faced with on the daily, it can be difficult to remain positive. However, something simple as a smile can promote to your spiritual wellbeing in Ramadan, spreading the positivity is an essential part of the holy month that we sometimes overlook.
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
“Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good—to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, and the companion by your side, the way-farer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: for God loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious.” [Quran 4:36]
“The most perfect believer in faith is the one who is best in moral character. The best of you are those who are the best to their spouses in manners.” [Muhammad PBUH, al-Tirmidhi 1082]
Islam places a large focus on maintaining sound relationships with everyone in your social circle, and this is something you should work to improve during Ramadan. If there is a specific relationship you feel is suffering at this point in your life, it is important to invest time in seeing what is the cause and working to resolve it.
Generosity and Charity
“And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.” [Quran 2:272]
Ramadan is all about giving back to the less fortunate. There are many different ways in which you can do good, and making it a goal of yours to do one small act of good each day can make a big difference. Check out our top picks for charity organizations to help you give back this Ramadan.
Controlling Your Temper
“Anger is a burning coal. It burns in the heart.” [Muhammad PBUH, al-Tirmighi and al-Bayhaqi].
It is no secret that we all get extra short-tempered when we have to fast throughout the day. Food and drink have a huge effect on our mood and overall balance, however, learning to be mindful of our reactions and taking control over your emotions is something you can start doing in Ramadan that will benefit you for long afterwards.
Muhammad (PBUH) said to his companions that ‘cleanliness is half of faith’. Islam puts great emphasis on both spiritual and physical cleanliness and purification, which is exactly why having high personal hygiene standards is important for your health but also considered part of your religious practice as a Muslim. Alongside taking care of your body, ensuring your clothes and belongings are clean is also good Islamic practice.
“Cleanse your garments and keep away from all pollution.” [Quran 74:4].
Keep Your Promises
However small or big, staying true to your work is something we all need to practice as Muslims. If you have children of your own, this is something you should always lead by example in.
“Oh you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do.” [Quran, 61:2-3].
“Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to al-fujur [wickedness, evil-doing], and al-fujur leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar.” [Muhammad PBUH, Al-Bukharee]
As well as keeping your promises, it’s important that you are always truthful about anything you say or any advice you give. It is also important to work on being truthful to your own self, by doing what feels right and not letting others get in the way of your morals and beliefs.