In Islamic lineage, Ramadan is regarded as a religious fasting period. The month of Ramadan is extremely important to adherents of this faith, perhaps because they believe Allah (SWT) will exonerate them of their evil deeds and they will get a huge reward. Fasting is a fundamental principle of Islam, and it is mandatory for those who follow this direction to practice it. Ramadan is the sacred month of the Islamic calendar, and it entails fasting throughout the day without eating or drinking before sunset. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims try to reflect on their religion in particular in addition to fasting. They devote much time praying, reciting the holy book, the Quran, and help the less fortunate ones.
Ramadan is the Qur’anic month, the month of grace and repentance, and the most anticipated month of every year. It is the time when people come to rejuvenate their souls, create a connection with their Lord, and literally purge themselves completely from the inside out! To make the most out of this month most people go to perform Umrah by attaining Ramadan Umrah packages at affordable prices. Mostly during the month of fasting, many of our everyday routines and activities serve as major impediments to our performance and *glorious* opportunities for spiritual development. We should not encourage it to occur; rather, we must make the most of every instant in order to avoid being dissatisfied at the end of the month. One must spend this month doing good deeds along with fasting and must avoid the bad ones. Here are some of the things you should avoid during Ramadan:
Having The Wrong Thoughts
The benefits of fasting throughout Ramadan are absolutely incredible. That’s why it would be a big disappointment if the whole month is fasted just for showing off rather than for Allah’s (SWT) sake. Purify your intentions each day to avoid missing out on such a tremendous reward! Having the wrong thoughts can nullify your fast. Do good, have good. Always believe in Allah and don’t let negative intentions be a part of your Ramadan. Recite Quran as much as you can to avoid them.
In a Hadith it was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (SWT) said:
“Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied for him, between ten and seven hundred times for each merit. Allah said: ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I shall reward for it.'” (Sunan Ibn Majah 3823)
Do Not Overeat at Suhūr/Iftar
People appear to overeat throughout the Ramadan month owing to its unique dishes that are served, and as a result, put on weight by the end of it. Overeating is also prohibited in Islam. This is a bad habit that should be discouraged because it degrades the consistency of our prayers. Overeating at Suhūr may cause you to neglect or be delayed for Fajar prayers and it’s also not good for the stomach. Likewise, delayed Maghrib prayers arise from heavy Iftar sessions. Overeating at both Suhūr and Iftar is not good for the health of well-being that’s why always try to eat less and you might save it for later. Ramadan is a period of spiritual development, and unnecessary food intake can only have harmful effects, so we should do our utmost to prevent it.
This hadith beautifully depicts the significance of eating in moderation:
Miqdam bin Ma’dikarib said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) saying: ‘The human does not fill any container that is worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat what will support his back. If this is not possible, then a third for food, a third for drink, and third for his breath.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2380)
Engaging in Futile Activities and Squandering Time
Do not waste your time doing activities that are not beneficial in any sense. This includes watching television, playing video games, participating in pointless discussions, bitching, and meaningless talk. Bantering and backbiting are not only counterproductive but also prohibited in Islam. In the Noble Qur’an, Allah (SWT) informs us of this heinous act and mentioned:
O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful. (Surah Al-Hujurat, 49: 12)
Smoking, Medication, And Music Is Forbidden
Just like how food and alcohol are prohibited at fasting times. Smoking is also harmful and forbidden. Medication, whether in liquid or tablet form, is not permitted when fasting. All those acts that can break or invalidate your fast are considered wrong and Muslims must prevent doing that. Music is also haram so we should not listen to it especially in Ramadan and must devote our time listening to Quran and Sunnah.