10 Goals for Ramadhan 
1. Eat, drink and be moderateAlmost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we 
just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move 
afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the 
spirit of Ramadan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not 
self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our 
stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, 
even in Ramadan.2. Give a pound a day in charity...or five or tenThe Prophet 
Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so 
in Ramadan. Let's open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this 
year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it's the 
intention that counts.3. Memorize 4 new SurahsMemorizing the Quran often seems 
like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are 
four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a 
short, easy one. Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want 
to memorize a longer one the following week.4. Go to Tarawih prayersPost-Iftar, 
the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head 
out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it 
in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan's 
blessings. Don't miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try 
going at least one week.5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of 
the Quran will be finishedCall the local mosque and find out which day the Imam 
will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only 
hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the 
heart-rending Duas that follow it.6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a 
special boxIt's hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone's upset us. 
Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our 
family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of letting off 
steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got to wage 
Jihad against our bad habits.Try this: get a box and every time you catch 
yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or 
less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.At 
the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person 
whom you've backbitten the most against.7. Call/email your relativesYou'd think 
that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, 
phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep in touch with family and friends more 
often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life's 
"busyness."Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with 
friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This 
Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask 
them how their fasting is going.8. Go on a technology dietEven if you work in 
the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the 
web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the 
screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to 
give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.9. Read 5 minutes of 
Quran a day...and reflect insha'AllaahEven if you feel you've got absolutely no 
time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet 
place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. 
The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His 
revelation in the month of the Quran.10. Forgive everyone who has hurt youStill 
got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset 
about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still 
bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the 
anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving 
someone is not only good for the body, but it's also great for the soul. And in 
Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we 
lesser beings forgive too?If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, 
forgive at least three people.

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