Ramadan is an exciting time for Muslims; most people love attending taraweeh at the masjid during Ramadan, although it may be challenging for some, such as mothers with young children, converts, and those with mental illness like depression.
Taraweeh, which are the optional night prayers during Ramadan after isha (evening) prayer, is a great time to reconnect with Allah (SWT) and to bond with the community.
Abu Huraira narrated, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying regarding Ramadan, ‘Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.'”
Growing up, I made many great memories at the masjid during taraweeh, but I still remember the moments it became difficult. So here are some taraweeh tips this Ramadan to make it enjoyable for you and everyone.
1. Take a shower.
After a long summer day of fasting, and then breaking your fast at your aunt’s house, you will mostly likely smell like curry or mesaka’a (Egyptian fried eggplant dish), plus you may feel fatigued. Taking a quick shower before going to the masjid will ensure you will be wide awake and smell nice and squeaky for the people around you.
2. Plan ahead.
If you have kids, find a sitter for them. If you have to take them with you, make some ground rules for them and take quiet activities for them to play with. I like to take a bag filled with toys and games like puzzles, cars that don’t make noise, crayons, paper, matching games and snacks. Lots of snacks.
3. Turn your cell phone off.
Please. It’s so distracting when you still have people whose phones go off in the middle of the best part of taraweeh when the imam is making a duaa at the end.
Drink water in between prayers so you stay hydrated throughout the night and you’re not just drinking water during suhoor.
5. Eat healthy snacks.
Take some protein bars or fruits with you to keep you feeling energized. Grab a couple of extras too to share with the people praying next to you so they can make a special prayer for you.
6. Wear comfortable clothes.
I like wearing leggings under abayas to keep me cool and comfortable. I try to avoid wearing pajamas under my abaya (as much as I would love to) because it will make me feel sleepy! And men, cover your knees and wear a long shirt.
7. Be kind and considerate to others.
Park in the right spots, practice patience by not losing your temper on the little kid running in front of you and singing “Let It Go” on the top of his lungs, and smile at your Muslim brothers and sisters and ask how their Ramadan has been going so far!
What are some other Ramadan tips you have this Ramadan?
(Edited by Tahira Ayub)