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What to do in Ramadan: Recommendations from Qur'an Generation Platform

Before the month of Ramadan, the Qur'an Generation Platform give advises about worship that can be performed individually, with family and collectively.

"The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Qur'an is revealed, a guidance for men, and a clear proof of the right path and the separation between the truth and the wrong," said Mediterranean Coordinator in a press release on behalf of Qur'an Generation Platform Headquarters.

The Platform pointed out the importance of Ramadan by expressing the Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad, who said: "The month of Ramadan is a blessed month. Allah has made you obligatory the fasting of Ramadan. When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. There is a night in that month that is worth more than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of the deed of that night [night of al-Qadr] is considered to be deprived of all deeds."

"The month of Ramadan is a great blessing for the servants of Allah and a blessing that includes many opportunities that cannot be missed," the Platform said.

The Platform read that the month of Ramadan is such a month that the rewards given to the worship of this month are much higher than the other months.

"For this reason, it is the will and desire of all of us to benefit maximum use of the month of Ramadan, which the beginning is mercy, the middle is forgiveness and the end is saving from hell. However, it is necessary to act programmatically from the beginning of Ramadan so that you can benefit from this blessed month."

Stating that there are many things [prayers] that can be performed in this blessed month, either individually or collectively, the Platform said: "With these intentions and thoughts, we want to give some reminders and advice to our brothers as the platform of the Qur'an. Our aim is to make full use of the holy month of Ramadan on the occasion of these recommendations."

Following suggestions were made in Ramadan Recommendations of the platform read by Fethullah Beyazçiçek, Qur'an Generation Platform Mediterranean Region Coordinator:

A) Individual Programs

1- Reading at least one fascicle [20-pages] of Qur'an a day

Reading Qur'an in the mosque in muqabala, if it is not possible to read the Qur'an in maqabala in the mosque, read it in maqabala at home with the family if that also not possible, then read Al-Qur'an individually.

Try to read the meaning of the Qur'an along with the Arabic version.

Women to read al-Qur'an in the nearest mosque in muqabala, or in courses they go or at home together with neighbors.

 2- Taking care of obligatory [fardh] and supererogatory prayers

Perform the obligatory prayers in Jemaah in the mosque as possible, if not, perform them in Jemaah at work or home.

Performing Taraweeh prayers with Jemaah at the nearest mosque. Avoid performing Taraweeh prayers individually, or performing it in Jemaah in other places than the mosque. Avoid being in the workplace or traveling outside during the time of Taraweeh.

Make dukha and night prayers a habit, and to strive to continue after Ramadan.

3- Focus on visits

To increase visits during Ramadan; to visit patients, poor and orphans in particular. Visiting cemeteries.

4- Praying a lot

To give emphasis to prayer during the month of Ramadan.

5- Focus on reading

Read the life of Prophet [al-Sirat] or a fiqh book according to the terms and conditions during the month of Ramadan.

6- Iʿtikāf

Try to be in I'tikaf and strive for the participation of the people around in the month of Ramadan, especially in the last ten days.

[Iʿtikāf is an Islamic practice consisting of a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to ibadah during these days and staying away from worldly affairs.]

7- Calculate zakat, give fitrah, increase charity and donations

Calculate the Zakat and pay zakat, if any, and increase charity and donations this month.

8- Give iftar dinner

To try to give iftar dinner within the framework of financial opportunities and to make efforts to spread this tradition. Trying to make a short conversation after iftar and then make a habit of going to Taraweeh prayer together.

9- Visit relatives

Ask family members, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances and colleagues on the occasion of Ramadan month, to help and to meet their needs within the scope of possibilities.

10- Perform Lailat al-Qadr at the mosque

Try to spend single nights of the last ten days of Ramadan as much as possible in mosques. 

11- Go to the Eid prayer and celebrate with others

On the morning of the Eid, go to the nearest mosque and perform prayer at the mosque, and then go to the house, neighbors, relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Reach the distant ones by phone and congratulate them on the day of Eid.


B) Family Programs

1- Reading the Quran in muqabala together with family members

If read al-Qur'an at home, then read at least one part [20 pages] of the Qur'an in muqabala together with the family members.

Overcome deficiencies in reading the Qur'an.

Trying to complete these deficiencies, especially children, who do not know how to read the Qur'an or who do not know how to read the Qur'an in tajweed.

2- Read a concise manual of Islamic faith, worship, and ethics

Read a concise manual of Islamic faith, worship and ethics with family members, especially with children, during Ramadan, even if it is repeated.

3- Read al-Sirat

Read an al-Sirat book [life of Prophet Muhammad] together with family members.

4-Prayer with the Jemaah

Trying to perform prayers at home with jamaat, where all family members join.

Getting family members accustomed to supererogatory prayer.

Accustom the family members to the night prayer and make an effort to make it a habit.

5- Realize the night of al-Qadr

Realize lailat al-Qadr in a mosque or home and pray a lot. (ILKHA)

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