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Pre-Ramadan Personal Checklist: 11 Hacks to Get You Ready for Ramadan (Free Printable)

Achieve your Goals Ramadan

Pre-Ramadan Personal Checklist: 11 Hacks to Get You Ready for Ramadan (Free Printable)


Its unbelievable, isn’t it?

The once-in-a-year race towards righteousness is back again!

This race will lead you through training for self growth & development, self-reflection, self-purification and self-discipline.

The winners will emerge with high levels of taqwa – consciousness of Allah (SWT); eeman (deep faith); and special entry into jannah (paradise).

The time is drawing close.

Let’s race for jannah.

Here are 11 hacks to help you get ready for Ramadan. Start preparing today, so you can welcome Ramadan the right way.

Pre-Ramadan Personal Checklist

1. Refresh your knowledge.

Ramadan is a special season. It is the most blessed month of the year. Due to its special nature, we have to go into it having the correct knowledge.

What better time than now to stat refreshing your knowledge about Ramadan?

Learn about its significance, what the prophet (SAW) and his companions used to do and what the Allah (SWT) mentions in the Qur’an about Ramadan.

Read books of seerah and hadith books like Riyadh as-Salihin.

2. Practice fasting on Monday and Thursday.

Don’t wait until day 1 of Ramadan to experience fasting after many months.

Practice fasting in Sha’ban to prepare you mentally and physically for what is to come.

3. Clean up! clean up! clean up!

Do some serious cleaning right now. Clean up and organise your fridge, kitchen, bedroom and even entire apartment. It will keep you focused on fasting when the time comes.

You will not find yourself without worrying about any important cleaning you need to get done while the important race is on.

4. Write down your top goals.

What do you want to achieve in Ramadan and beyond?

Write down your top goals and direct your mind and actions towards it from now. Begin your fasting month with a WHY.

The Prophet (SAW) used to do lots of extra good deeds in Ramadan. He would pray more than usual, give more charity, pray the late night (tarawih) prayers and seek the night of power.

Which do of these deeds will you invest your fasting days and night in, to help you achieve your top goals?

5. Create quality Qur’an time.

Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.

The Qur’an was sent down in this special month. So it is the perfect season for reciting, reflecting and putting into heart and practice the words we read. It is the best time to bring the Qur’an close to your heart, but it is good to get started now.

Create daily time for building this special relationship even if its 10 minutes after Fajr prayers. Strive to improve and strengthen this relationship daily and onwards into Ramadan.

6. Be minimalistic.

Fasting hinges on self discipline and restraint in many ways.

To make this even easier, try to be minimalistic about what you eat, where you go to, what you say, who you interact with and what you spend.

Remember the top goals you have written down, and plan your life in such a way that you can fully focus on them. Cut down distractions and interactions that are not beneficial.

And get minimal in as many ways as possible.

7. Get a buddy.

Identify that ONE person who can support you and keep you accountable on your Ramadan goals. Seek Allah’s guidance and ensure due diligence in choosing someone with a high moral standard.

Choose him/ her, agree on how you can partner to help each other and commit to being each other’s Ramadan buddy.

Strive to make it a mutually beneficial relationship in which the Pleasure of Allah (SWT) is priority, as you both race towards jannah heart-to-heart.

8. Create awareness.

Tell your Muslim and non Muslim friends about Ramadan.

Share posts, lectures, books and flyers with authentic information so they can get a sense of how much a BIG deal it is. Use lunch time, travel time and other opportunities to talk about Ramadan and its significance.

Try to answer questions in an open and friendly manner. And research those answers you do not know and get back to them. You cannot imagine the lack of awareness those around you have about Islam and its important pillars such as fasting.

It is your duty to create awareness and enlightenment in a confident manner.

9. Set a challenge for self improvement.

Sign and commit to a self improvement challenge in Ramadan.

Just pick an area or two for improvement and stick to it throughout the fasting month.

It could be specific to helping improve your personality, spirituality or relationships. You know where there’s gap in your life, so try to fill it up wisely through this month long training.

10. Countdown to day one.

Use a wall calendar or a digital one to tick off daily as you countdown to the special training month.

This will prepare you mentally and keep you in strong anticipation for the sighting of the new moon.

You won’t be left feeling lost and confused when you hear Ramadan is in two or three days time.

11. Purify intention.

Allah (SWT) only accepts and rewards deeds which are done sincerely for His sake.

So purify your intention to fast for His pleasure in Ramadan – not for show off or because your Muslim family/ friends are doing so – and you will rewarded in full measure. And strive to carry out your deeds according to the sunnah so that it becomes a form of worship.

Welcome Ramadan with a pure, sincere intention. And go for G.O.L.D, as you prepare to enter this special personal race.

Always have your checklist close to keep you focused.

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    1. Refresh your knowledge.
    2. Practice fasting on Monday and Thursday.
    3. Clean up! clean up! clean up!
    4. Write down top goals.
    5. Create quality Qur’an time.
    6. Get minimal. Cut down distractions
    7. Choose a buddy.
    8. Create awareness.
    9. Set a challenge for self improvement.
    10. Countdown to day one.
    11. Purify intention.
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Download free printable pre-Ramadan personal checklist here

In what other ways can you start preparing yourself to win GOLD this ramadan?



  1. Myda Tahir May 31, 2016

    jazakALlah Khair for the simple list, acting on the 1st three, the rest needs your special prayers.

  2. Lubna Karim May 24, 2016

    InshaAllah will try to follow these…and thank you for highlighting some of the points like fasting on monday and thursday….it do helps…

  3. Rubina May 23, 2016

    This is a great checklist, I love the one about fasting Mondays and Thursdays. it really does help with getting used to the flow of suhoor, fasting, and iftar!

    1. Amina Edota May 24, 2016

      Yes indeed it does help with getting into the daily Ramadan routine.

    2. Dina May 12, 2017

      yeesssss…totally agree

  4. Sainab May 21, 2016

    Very benefitial tips for Ramadan. May Allah make it easy for us to achieve our goals this year!

  5. Rabia S. May 19, 2016

    Thank you for this post! It is on point. I decluttered my home already. I sorted out old clothes I will give to charity. There are some points I considered not before- such as the previous fasting to get used to it. My list of ‘self improvement’ is usually too long. I will keep it short this year so I won’t be frustrated at the end.

    1. Amina Edota May 22, 2016

      Insha Allah, keeping your goals short will keep you focused and that will be most helpful.

  6. Bouchra Rebiai May 19, 2016

    ma-sha Allah I love reading your blog, you have a way for making complex things look simple! I’ll keep these tips in mind when working on my Ramadan planning in-sha Allah!

    Jazakillahu Khairan for sharing this valuable post!

  7. Afreen Zia May 19, 2016

    These are awesome tips and I was looking forward for this kind of post..Some of them I am already doing and other are so much helpful..Thanks for sharing…Now I am going to share your post with my group members..thanks

    1. Amina Edota May 19, 2016

      BaarakaAllah feek, glad you find it beneficial. Jazaakillah for sharing.

  8. Aishah May 18, 2016

    Thank you for this post – it was just what I needed mash’Allah!

    I always find there is not enough time before Ramadhan to get things done but this post has given me some direction on where, what and when to tackle it!

    1. Amina Edota May 19, 2016

      Alhamdulillah, May Allah put Barakah in our time so we are able get the right things done before Ramadan.

  9. Said Hassan May 18, 2016

    Useful tips. In sha Allah I’ll do what I can of the tips. I voted for Youthlyhub before I read this post. It refreshed me for 3 years whenever I am spiritually down. JazakAllah khayr. I only recognized 3 other blogs though I think I only visited them once before. My halaal chicken, The Muslimah Network and Coding Owl. I voted for them too. I don’t know if my vote will count given that I am a male and also not a blogger. And you didn’t specified it too in your email. Hope it counts. Good luck.

    1. Amina Edota May 19, 2016

      Wa iyyak. May Allah accept from us our effort and striving sincerely for His sake. Yes, you can vote – it’s open to all. Your vote is appreciated.

  10. maryam May 18, 2016

    These are awesome tips ! I’ll try my best to finish the quran this month insh’Allah and also watch less unnecessary stuff ! I don’t have non muslim friends so yeah but I can’t get a buddy cause non of them really cares about ramadan. sad right ?

    1. Amina Edota May 18, 2016

      May Allah make it possible for you dear sister. Alhamdulillah for technology, you can get a buddy online if it will help you achieve your Ramadan goals.

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