Last week I wrote what you should NOT do in Ramadan, this week I am telling you what you should do.
- Be nice to those around you, even if you don’t know you. Just smile to people(الإبتسام في وجه أخيك صدقة). Help someone across the road, carry the groceries for your neighbor or help your mom cook Iftar. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, simple gestures of appreciation and niceness go a very long way. Islam and Ramadan are not just about the religious acts but about every day good behavior that makes us better people and a better community as a whole.
- Give to a different charity. Think outside of the box, help a couple to get married, help someone out of debt, buy translated Qurans for new converts. Think of charities or things that people don’t really remember and you will come up with great ideas.
- Forgive. If you are holding any grudge against someone, find it in yourself to forgive, forget and let go.
- Learn and teach a hadith a day or teach a child a day about Ramadan. My good friend GJoez is teaching us a hadith a day on her facebook status (جزاها الله خيرا). It is a beautiful idea, she gets to reach all of her friends. Even if you don’t want to do that, pick a hadith from el Bukhari or a good hadith book, read it’s explanation and share it with your family or friends. If you have a child, neice, nephew or can borrow any munchkin from anywhere, teach them something about Ramadan or Islam.
- Tie your yearly Zakat with Ramadan. Any money or gold that has been in your possession for a year has zakat which should be paid. It might be easier to tie your zakat with Ramadan because it is a memorable date, it is also a good time for more 7asanat.
P.S. You also should pray Tarawee7, read Quran and generally find your better spiritual self. But then again all of you should already know that. I was just trying to point out what might not be so obvious