“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it [.]” (Al-Baqarah 2:185)
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. For many, it’s hard to imagine not congregating at the masjid, not breaking fast with family and friends, and being prevented from engaging with their local communities. We must re-imagine Ramadan as a time of reflection and solitude. Many of us are blessed to live with family and friends, while others are forced apart from loved ones. Although our experiences living in our “new normal” vary, we can all benefit from creating a place for worship in our homes. Below are some easy ways to make this happen.
1. Choose a quiet corner of your home.
Try to select a corner space that’s easy to section off as a quiet worship area. It’s important that you feel a sense of peace and solitude in this space, so you can focus on deepening the spiritual bond between you and your Creator.
2. Gather the items you need for worship.
Gather all you need for worship, so you do not need to search for items later. Some suggested items are: Qur’an (multiple copies may be beneficial depending on your household), prayer mat, prayer beads, prayer outfit, a book of duas, a prayer journal, and a book of tafsir.
3. Make the Space Inviting.
Think of items that invite relaxation, such as floor pillows and cushions, candles, essential oils, and incense. Consider calming colors to increase reflection and concentration in prayer. Make it somewhere you love to visit again and again.
4. Eliminate clutter and distractions.
As the saying goes, less is more. The purpose of this space is worship, so you want to avoid electronic devices (unless used for Qur’an recitation), elaborate design elements, and clutter. Small baskets or low lying shelves can be used to hold needed items. For moms, designating a special kid’s basket can get the entire family involved in worship and can keep the younger kids occupied during times like salah.
5. Make it special for Ramadan.
If you’re doing tarawih at home, then consider purchasing a simple music stand to hold your Qur’an. Decorate your space for the month of Ramadan, including posting an ibadah schedule, an advent calendar, or adding a space for dates and water to nourish you while you’re not fasting. For moms, don’t forget about the baskets! Ramadan baskets filled with books, coloring sheets, and activities are a great way to get kids excited about this holy month.
Hopefully, these suggestions can inspire you to carve out a much needed worship space in your home.