Repent and pray more
The first step you must take to welcome the month of Ramadan is repentance. Repentance is an important step in preparation for the month of Ramadan. As humans, we certainly never escape error and sin. Every human must have made a mistake. Either small or big mistakes. Therefore, it is appropriate for us to repent for forgiveness from Allah SWT.
It is expected that you repent before the coming of Ramadan. Asking forgiveness for all sins, you will get inner peace and be ready to face the month of Ramadan. Ready to seek blessing and also a lot of merit in this blessed month. So, do not miss the opportunity to repent before entering the month of Ramadan. Of course repentance is not only in the mouth, but is evidenced by changes in our behavior.
Expand Sunnah Worship
Other preparations you need to do in welcoming the month of Ramadan is to increase the worship and practice of the sunnah. We can start preparing for the month of Ramadan by making it a habit of always worshiping the sunnah. So that after entering the month of Ramadan it will not feel heavy to live it. Increasing the sunnah worship will actually train you to prepare the body and soul to welcome the month of Ramadan.
You can do your physical preparation by diligently doing the sunnah fasting Monday Thursday. By routinely fasting Monday Thursday, then your body can get used to fasting. You can train your body to fast even if you have to keep working or do all your activities. In addition to body, by increasing the Sunnah worship you will be closer to Allah SWT. Of course your heart will be calm and ready to welcome the month of Ramadan.
Paying Fasting Debts in the Previous Year
Preparation to welcome the third month of Ramadan, which is no less important also you do is pay fasting debt. It is obligatory for us to replace (qadha) fasting debt in the previous year in the month of Ramadan. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is an obligation, so if you miss just one day of fasting then it is also mandatory to replace it. All Muslims must replace the fasting forest in the month of Ramadan.
Having fasting debt often happens to women. Women certainly face a period of menstruation which forbids them from fasting during Ramadan. So, women are obliged to replace their fasts on other days, besides the month of Ramadan. Have you replaced the fasting forest in Ramadan the previous year? Before it’s too late, then immediately change your fast as long as there is still time left before the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a month of blessing and grace. In that month can be said to be a month for us to compete to collect as much reward. In the month of Ramadan, a little kindness will be rewarded doubled. Indeed we will not receive the results now. But we will harvest the results later in the afterlife. So, don’t forget to take your time in preparation to welcome the month of Ramadan.