Ramadan of 2020 has just begun, and amid the Coronavirus pandemic as the world is still in a lockdown or restricted movement mode. Unlike the previous years, you have to stay at home while celebrating Ramadan this year.
However, hope is not lost. Whether you are spending Ramadan with your family or not, it is important to know how to spend Ramadan in quarantine effectively so that you still can make the most of this blessed month.
To achieve that, you have to turn your home into the ‘masjid’. In words, you have to prepare your home for Ramadan, and that should not be limited to physical Ramadan decorations only.
Here are 6 practical tips to have a spiritually enhanced Ramadan at home this year :
1. Have a Quran with translation.
The best is you have the physical Mushaf of the Quran instead of using the app on your phone.
Why is that? It is crucial that you would not be distracted during your Quran recitation by all the notifications pushed from the other apps. More so since the usage of mobile devices is shown to increase significantly during this isolation period.
Otherwise, you should turn off the connection to the mobile data or the Wi-Fi when you are having your moment with the Quran.
The translation should help you understand the Quran. Although reciting without understanding is still rewarded, isn’t it sensible and more respectful of Allah for us to make an effort to understand what He is telling us via His profound book? Remember, the Quran is to be studied (well understood) not just accurately or beautifully recited.
2. Prepare any form of a checklist.
A checklist would help you be aware of the tasks to be completed for the day.
Ramadan only comes for 29 or 30 days, once a year. Such a short period would be a waste if it isn’t utilised efficiently.
Make sure that the checklist can be visibly seen at all times, not hiding somewhere inside your phone gallery that you even forgot you have it.
3. Prepare a designated place for Ibadah.
It does not have to be a new space, renovated with a dome on the ceiling, minarets at the corner and blinking lights surrounding it.
The important thing is you have a clean, tranquil space where you can comfortably ‘hang out’ and spend your time.
If your space of doing the Ibadah rituals is the most inconvenient space in your house, do you expect you would spend more time doing Ibadah?
4. Exchanging advice with good friends.
While some of us are lucky to spend Ramadan this year with family, some others are forced to observe fasting alone due to COVID-19 isolation.
It would be very helpful for everyone if you keep in touch with your friends via text, call or video call to exchange spiritual advice.
Therefore, even though Ramadan in 2020 does not come with communal Taraweeh and group Iftar, you would still pass through this training month of Ramadan with a sense of togetherness.
5. Change your screen wallpaper.
While screen wallpaper does not really matter to some of you, it does have a benefit as a visual inspiration.
Some of you set the photo of your beloved partner, parents or kids as your screen wallpaper for that purpose.
Why not for this year’s Ramadan, you replace it with Ramadan-themed photos? Besides, the world is still in quarantine mode, so you would be looking at your device’s screen a lot anyway.
6. Set Ramadan recipes for Iftar beforehand.
For all the moms out there especially, the thought about what dishes to prepare for Iftar might distract you more or less from your Ibadah rituals during the day.
You might fall into the trap of spending hours on your screen, scrolling through all sorts of recipes.
It would be great to spend some time setting the menu for the Iftar of the upcoming days or for the week and stick to it. That way, you can focus more on Ibadah and the Quran.
Moreover, despite the norm stating otherwise, Ramadan is never about the food. Or is it so for you?