Everything You Need To Know About Ramadan 1445: Your Guide to The Most Blessed Month of The Year

Everything You Need To Know About Ramadan 1445: Your Guide to The Most Blessed Month of The Year

Introduction 👋

As the crescent moon heralds the arrival of Ramadan 1445, the air fills with a sense of anticipation, unity, and spiritual rejuvenation. This sacred month, a gift to the Ummah, is a time to cleanse our hearts, deepen our faith, and connect more profoundly with the Quran.

Whether this is your first Ramadan or one of many, here's Tarteel's very own Ramadan guide to help you navigate the blessed month like a pro! Here's what we're exploring:

  • What is Ramadan?
  • Going beyond the fast
  • The virtues of Ramadan
  • The month of the Quran
  • What are the benefits of fasting?
  • Increase your knowledge
  • Keep the Ummah in your duas
  • Spend a little, give a lot
  • The little things that make an epic Ramadan

Let's embark on this blessed journey together, armed with knowledge, inspiration, and a suitcase full of practical tips and tricks. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share with your family and friends!

Let's start simple... What is Ramadan? 🤔

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and is recognized as the month of fasting.

As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is a profound act of faith and devotion. It's not just about abstaining from food and drink; it's an opportunity to get rid of negative habits and purify the soul. From the first light of dawn until the sun dips below the horizon, Muslims worldwide embark on a transformative 30-day journey, fasting each day, to deepen their spiritual connection and discipline.

All Muslims are expected to fast except for young children, the elderly, those afflicted with illness, and travellers.

In 2024, Ramadan is expected to begin on the 1oth of March and end with Eid ul-Fitr which should fall on or around the 9th of April (subject to the moon sighting).

Going beyond the fast 💭

Aside from complete devotion to Allah SWT and discipline, Ramadan also teaches us the importance of empathy and provides us with much-needed perspective. In our modern world, it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of worldly desires, focusing our attention on our day-to-day chaos rather than honing in on the importance of our deen, and more importantly, the hereafter. Fasting itself also increases us in Taqwa - consciousness of Allah SWT.

It’s vital to consider those less fortunate and increase gratitude for all that we have. Fasting teaches us to remove our life’s pleasures from our priorities and emphasises our complete dependence on Allah SWT for everything.

This month is transformative for many and creates time and space to take an introspective look at ourselves from within, encouraging mindfulness and reflection that will hopefully stay with us long after Ramadan has passed inshaAllah.

The virtues of Ramadan 🤍

Need some motivation? We've got you. Here are some inspirational ahadith and words from our beloved Prophet ﷺ shared on the topic of Ramadan 👇

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "(Allah said), 'Every good deed of Adam's son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.' Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk." - Sahih al-Bukhari 5927
A man from Banu Sulaim narrated:“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) counted them out in my hand” - or - “in his hand: ‘At-Tasbīḥ is half of the Scale, and “All praise is due to Allah (Al-Ḥamdulillāh)” fills it, and At-Takbīr (Allāhu Akbar) fills what is between the sky and the earth, and fasting is half of patience, and purification is half of faith.” - Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3519
Sahl bin Sa'd narrated that: The Prophet said: "There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyyan, those who fast shall be invited into it, and whoever was among those who fasted, then he will enter it; and whoever enters it, he will never thirst again." - Jami` at-Tirmidhi 765

Curious about what the Quran says about Ramadan? Find out more 👇

What Does the Quran Say About Ramadan?
Let’s deep dive into the importance of the Quran during the blessed month of Ramadan, from the rewards to why we should recite it!

The month of the Quran 📖

What makes Ramadan extra special? It's the month that brought the ummah the ULTIMATE gift: the Quran, as revealed to our beloved Prophet ﷺ. As Allah tells us in Surat Al-Baqarah:

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ هُدًۭى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَـٰتٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ

Ramaḍân is the month in which the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the decisive authority. So whoever is present this month, let them fast. (Quran, 2:185)

So, Ramadan isn't just about fasting; it's a golden opportunity to dive deep into the Quran's pages. Across the globe, Muslims embrace this time to connect or reconnect with Allah’s divine words, with many aiming to complete a khatm (a full reading of the Quran). Whether it's wrapping yourself in its soothing recitations daily or pondering over its profound teachings, Ramadan is the perfect time to nurture and strengthen your bond with the book of Allah.

And hey, it's ok if it's been a while since you picked up your Quran or if you can't complete a khatm. Do what you can and make this month a stepping stone that leads you to building a relationship with the Quran that lasts a lifetime.

Spend Ramadan with Tarteel 💚

We interrupt this broadcast (guide) for a shameless plug!

This Ramadan we want you to Memorize More of the Quran, whether it's a unique word, a single verse, a new surah for your prayers or just brushing up on what you already know. Honestly, the possibilities are endless but that's the best part! Start wherever you feel comfortable no matter how small because this Ramadan, Tarteel is meeting you on the page wherever you are.

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What are the benefits of fasting? 🏆

In recent years, we’ve seen countless medical, fitness and nutrition experts advise intermittent fasting as a means for attaining better health and overall functionality... but this is why we love Islam - it’s always one step ahead of the curve. 😉

💡Fasting is believed to:

  • Help reset the body’s metabolism
  • Encourage your body to repair itself
  • Promote blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance
  • Fight and reduce inflammation
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Boost brain function
  • Increase growth hormone secretion

Get closer to Allah AND attain optimal health? A winning formula if we ever saw one! 🎉

*Please note that we are NOT healthcare professionals and you should discuss fasting with your doctor first if you think your overall health and wellbeing could be compromised.

Increase your knowledge📚

وَٱلَّذِينَ جَـٰهَدُوا۟ فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ

As for those who struggle in Our cause, We will surely guide them along Our Way. And Allah is certainly with the good-doers. (Quran 29:69)

We should always be in a state of learning, and Ramadan is a great time to give ourselves more context of our deen overall. There are plenty of brilliant institutions and resources to supplement your learning and we’ve listed a few topics you might be interested in below:

  • Tafseer (explanation) of each Juz of the Qur'an
  • The seerah (life journey) of the Prophet ﷺ
  • Descriptions of Jannah
  • Memorizing prophetic duas
  • An Introduction to the sciences of the Quran
  • Duas to memorize and use throughout Ramadan 👇
8 Simple Duas You Can Memorize for Ramadan 1445
Which duas should I recite throughout Ramadan? We’ve got 8 right here for a truly transformative and blessed month!
  • 💡 Bonus resource alert! Check out the re:Verses Podcast for all things Hifz this Ramadan and beyond.👇

Keep the Ummah in your duas 🤲

The oppression and injustice being inflicted on our Muslim brothers and sisters across the globe continues even during a month that is supposed to a special respite for them. The tragedies in Palestine, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon and so many other parts of the world remind us that we need to step up and show solidarity with our Ummah, now more than ever.

This Ramadan, when you make dua, whether it's after salah, during Qiyam ul-Layl or even when you break your fast, we hope you'll remember to ask Allah for the freedom, safety and ease in hardship for our brothers and sisters. We ask that Allah makes us sincere in our prayers and accepts them.

If you need a starting point for making dua, we've put together a few lists 👇

Prayers for the Oppressed in The Quran
In a world where injustice and oppression are all too common, turning to the Quran for guidance and solace becomes a source of strength for many.
5 Prophetic Duas to Elevate Your Worship
Making dua isn’t always easy. Sure, we know what we want to ask for and Allah SWT knows what’s in our hearts, but it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a position where you just can’t find the words to adequately express your feelings and needs.
5 (more) Duas of Prophets in the Quran
We’re back with more duas of prophets in the Quran. If you’re trying to find more inspiration for more sincere duas, you’re in the right place!

Spend a little, give a lot 🎁

In a month where good deeds are amplified and rewarded tenfold, it’s important to give back. As mentioned earlier, Ramadan is a time of empathy and so we should make every effort to give back and uplift those in need.

إِنَّ ٱلْمُصَّدِّقِينَ وَٱلْمُصَّدِّقَـٰتِ وَأَقْرَضُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًۭا يُضَـٰعَفُ لَهُمْ وَلَهُمْ أَجْرٌۭ كَرِيمٌ

Indeed, those men and women who give in charity and lend to Allah a good loan will have it multiplied for them, and they will have an honourable reward. (Quran 57:18)

Here’s a list of charities you can use this Ramadan to ensure to make a difference, no matter how big or small:

The little things that make an epic Ramadan✅

Eat and drink well 🥗

Take it easy with the salt, sugar and oil in your food during Ramadan; remember, we need enough to sustain us and enable maximum productivity.

Eat foods that are light on the stomach but rich in volume; prioritize protein and slow burning carbs like oats and Greek yoghurt to ensure you're full for longer! As well as drinking water, try to eat your hydration with things like watermelon and cucumber. Finally - and most importantly - eat light so that you can really focus throughout Taraweeh and during the night where you’ll want to make ample worship!

Get everyone involved! 🫂

Ramadan is a time for the whole family to enjoy, regardless of age. Sit down to learn together and share knowledge and stories. If you're engaging with the Quran, encourage everyone else to do it, too!

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Treat Taraweeh like the treasure it is! 🕌

Taraweeh prayers come around but once a year - don't see it as a chore! If you're able to go, it's a beautiful way to build a connection with the Quran in the presence of your community. Here are our Top 10 Tips for an EPIC Taraweeh Experience this Ramadan 👇

Our Top 10 Tips for an Epic Taraweeh Experience This Ramadan
Taraweeh nights are a marker of Ramadan! We’re here with our Top 10 Tips to help you have the most epic Taraweeh experience this Ramadan 1445.

Take a nap 💤

No one expects you stay awake all day and all night, and you’d hit burnout pretty fast if you did. Try and find windows of time throughout the day to catch a quick power nap if you can. It’ll mean you’re more energised later on and will fight any fatigue you could potentially experience after iftar.

Lend a helping hand 🤝

Don’t be that person that sits back and watches everyone else fuss for iftar and suhoor. Make some effort and contribute however you can so that it doesn’t all fall on one person or group of people every day! Ramadan is for everyone and the more we help out, the more time we can spend enjoying the moments that really matter.

Organize your day ⏰

Try to segment your time. It’s difficult when you’re at work or school but it’s important to organize yourself so that you don’t fall behind. Place emphasis on small consistent efforts that you can make daily and try to keep some sense of routine.

Nice face, always! ☺️

A smile, a simple check in with loved ones - kindness goes a long way. Remember, not everyone experiences Ramadan in the same way, so be patient, be there for anyone who needs you and support one another throughout the month. Ramadan is a great time to strengthen the bond with our  friends, family and community, and we should treat it as such!

And that's a wrap! 🎬

Well, that’s our mini guide to the most wonderful time of the year. We hope you’ve found it useful and that you and your loved ones have a truly blessed Ramadan inshaAllah.❤️

Bonus resources for you if you made it to the end!💡

How to Build a Quran Habit
Unlock hacks for Quran memorization with lessons from James Clear’s Atomic Habits and learn how to make engagement with the Quran a daily habit.
5 Ways to Make Hifz As Addictive As Social Media
Are you spending too much time with the likes of Instagram, X, and TikTok? We’ve got the remedy! Here’s how to get hooked on hifz instead.
How The Prophet & His Companions Memorized The Quran
How did our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions memorize the Quran? Learn more about how to apply their teachings to your journey!
5 Practical Tips to Balance Hifz with School & Work
Balancing hifz with your daily grind can be challenging, but it’s definitely achievable with the right approach. Here are 5 tips to get going!
Preparation and Intention - Memorization Journey Series
Ready to begin your Quran memorization journey? We’re kicking off a 10-part series to get you going, starting with preparation and intention!