By : Saad Khan
1. Talk to God: instead of texting our friends for at least 6 hours a day, let’s talk to God for 10 minutes a day. It could be in the form of praying or just plain and simple talk, try it you’ll feel relieved. In the end, there’s no better listener and word won’t get out.
2. Help someone: Anyone. A lot of people around us need help. Whether it’s the blind man crossing the street, the old lady carrying her groceries, your mum loaded with house work, or even a poor man asking for money; always lend someone a hand, you never know when you’ll need one.
3. Share: sharing isn’t just for Facebook. Share your food with your neighbor, your car with someone who needs a ride, your time at a shelter, or even your old clothes with the less fortunate.
4. Read: I know the book of God isn’t exactly “Eat, Pray, Love” but if you read 4 pages after each salah, by the end of Ramadan you would’ve read the whole book. Remember, what’s more important than reading the Quran, is understanding it and taking interest in what it says.
5. Smile: spread love, you never know who could be breaking down and waiting for you to cheer them up. A simple smile to someone you don’t necessarily know (and I’m not encouraging flirtatious smiles at the hot girl next door) will uplift their mood almost instantly.
6. Be useful: donations don’t have to be just money. You can donate your time at an orphanage to help teach less fortunate kids something useful. There must be at least one subject you’re good at that you can pass on to someone else. You can also help plant fruitful trees in your neighborhood, hand out water bottles to traffic police, paint a discolored wall in your area, or compliment the garbage collector on how important his job is.
7. Feed someone: carry dates in your bag and hand them out at Iftar time. On a much bigger scale, help cook meals and pack food bags to be sent to poor katchi abadis in your area. It’s great to feed someone in Ramadan, but it’s 10 times greater if you do that all year long.
8. Avoid and Ignore That kind of applies all year round. If you have something nice to say about someone say it, if you don’t be quiet.
9. Hold your horses: easy on Foul language. Not just because Iftar time came and you’ve broken your fast means you’ll be swearing at every person you see till the next morning. Words are very powerful, use them correctly.
10. Learn and teach a hadith a day or teach a child a day about Ramadan. Pick a hadith from Al 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 other children in you neighbourhood , teach them something about Ramadan and Islam.Teach and Preach