Ramadan is an auspicious opportunity for believers to renew their commitment to their Lord and Creator. This commitment must be both outward and inward; so that a Muslim not only fasts, recites more Qur'an and offers more units of prayer; but that he does so with reflection, humility and attentiveness. We must ensure that we are not only formal with the outward, but that we blend it inwardly with the intention that Allaah should accept our actions. That acceptance by Allaah is not easy but it should be our priority. Allaah says:

"Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear him - al muttaqoon}." (Q5[al-Maaidah): 27)

Seek Maximum Reward: Fast Ramadan with belief and truly seeking the reward of Allah the Most High. so that He may forgive you your past sins. Beware of breaking your fast during the days of Ramadan without a valid Islamic excuse, for it is from the greatest of sins. Make sure that your food, your drink and your clothing are from halal [permissible] means, in order that your actions be accepted, and your supplications answered by Allaah.

Beware of refraining from the halal while fasting and breaking your fast with the haram [forbidden]. As you fast during the day, ensure that -your nights in this month are spent in additional prayers to Allaah. Pray Salaat at-Taraweeh (i.e. the night prayer) during the nights of Ramadan - especially on Laylatul-Qadr - based on belief and truly seeking the reward of Allah, so that Allah may forgive you your past sins.  

A true fast, A complete fast: Seek help for fasting during the day by eating the sahoor meal in the last part of the night before the appearance of Fajr. Perform ghusl before fajr if you need to purify yourself from the state of major impunity so that you are able to do acts of worship in a state of purity, Do not let Fasting make me you cross your boundaries by getting upset due to the slightest of reasons. Rather, fasting should be a cause of peacefulness and tranquillity of your soul. Preserve your tongue from lying, cursing. backbiting and slander for It decreases the reward of  fasting. Hasten to break your fast after the sun has truly set in order to gain the love of Allah.

Keep up with other deeds too! Beware of spending your time without performing righteous deeds, for there is reckoning and reward for whatever you do with your time. Perform your five daily prayers on time in congregation to gain the reward and Allah's protection. Give food to some fasting people to gain a reward similar to theirs. Give a lot of charity for the best charity is that of Ramadan. Perform 'umrah in Ramadan for' umrah in Ramadan is equal to Hajj.

Seize the opportunity of being in Ramadan and spend it with the good that has been revealed in it: recite the noble Qur'an and ponder and reflect on its meanings so that it will be a proof for you with your Lord and an intercessor for you on the Day of Reckoning. Increase in remembrance of Allah, seek His forgiveness, ask for Paradise and seek protection against the Fire, especially when fasting, while breaking the fast and during sahoor, for these actions are among the greatest causes of attaining Allah's forgiveness. Increase in supplication for yourself, your parents, your children and Muslims [remember our brothers in Afghanistan and Chechnya], for Allah has ordered making of supplications and has guaranteed acceptance. Invoke a lot of salawat and salaam upon the Messenger of Allah [sallalahu alayhi wa sallam], his Companions and all those who follow them until the Day of Judgment. Ensure that you attain the positive effects of your acts of worship such as prayer, fasting, zakat and hajj, sincere repentance and leave off acts and customs that are invariance with the Sharee 'ah.

As the fast ends: Repent to Allah sincerely and leave Sins, regret those that you have done before and firmly decide not to return to them In the future, for 'Allah accepts repentance of those who repent. Upon completion of fasting, remain in a state of taqwa of Allah [piety,] be aware of Allah watching you in secret and in public, constantly thank Allaah for His favours, and be steadfast obedience to Allah by doing aII what He has ordered and shunning all that He has prohibited. Continue being in a state of iman [faith] and taqwa and perform righteous actions after the month of Ramadan. until you die:

"And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (ie: death)" (QI5[Hijr]:99)

After Ramadan. there are still other fasts that you should keep up with. Fast six days of Shawwal for whoever fast. Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal, it is as if he fasts all year round. Fast on the Day of 'Arafah the 9th of Dhul Hijjah to attain success by being forgiven your sins of the last year and the coming year. Fast on the day of 'Aashuraa'. the 10th of Muharram. along with the 9th. to attain success by being forgiven your sins of the past year.

0 Allah make us and all Muslims of those who fast and stand in prayer during the month of Ramadan based on belief and truly seeking Your reward so that we are forgiven our past and future sins. 0 Lord, accept from us, verily you are the All-Hearing. all-Seeing. 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited